2011 Chevrolet
Avalanche LTZ
vs. 2011 Honda
Ridgeline

2011 Honda Ridgeline

9.9

starting from

$35,540
"All-wheel-drive drivetrain that shifts power to the rear wheels during low-traction situations."
edmunds.com | talking about the Ridgeline's transmission
"Innovative trunk compartment and two-way tailgate."
edmunds.com | talking about the Ridgeline's storage

Reasons to buy the Honda Ridgeline

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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Best suspension
Independent
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Moon roof
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2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ

9.2

starting from

$47,145

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ

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Average power
320 HP @ 5,400 RPM
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
9.1"
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Good range on the highway
651 miles
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Good range in the city
465 miles
Cost 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Honda Ridgeline Winner: Ridgeline
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  • The best price we've seen is $11,605 cheaper (more than 20% less), $35,540 vs $47,145
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Honda Ridgeline Winner: Ridgeline
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Ridgeline 's standard sun roof
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Honda Ridgeline Winner: Ridgeline
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  • The Ridgeline 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Winner: Avalanche LTZ
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  • The Avalanche LTZ has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Performance 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Winner: Avalanche LTZ
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  • Around 30% more powerful, 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM vs 250 HP @ 5,700 RPM
  • The Avalanche LTZ has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Limited towing capacity
  • Both have very limited cargo room
Overall 9.9 vs 9.2

Cost

Honda
Ridgeline
2011 Honda Ridgeline
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Chevrolet
Avalanche LTZ
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MSRP $35,540 vs $47,145 The Ridgeline has a reasonable price, while the Avalanche LTZ is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 15 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Average lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

Honda
Ridgeline
2011 Honda Ridgeline
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Chevrolet
Avalanche LTZ
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Ridgeline 's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Entertainment System

Honda
Ridgeline
2011 Honda Ridgeline
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Chevrolet
Avalanche LTZ
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Number of speakers 7 vs 8 The Avalanche LTZ has more speakers and the Ridgeline is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Avalanche LTZ's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Ridgeline does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Ridgeline has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Avalanche LTZ; but it's not available at all on the Ridgeline

Safety Features

Honda
Ridgeline
2011 Honda Ridgeline
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Chevrolet
Avalanche LTZ
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 5 The Avalanche LTZ has a good number of airbags, but the Ridgeline is just OK (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Performance

Honda
Ridgeline
2011 Honda Ridgeline
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Chevrolet
Avalanche LTZ
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Horsepower 250 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM The Avalanche LTZ is of average power, but the Ridgeline is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Avalanche LTZ has more gears and the Ridgeline is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.2 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Ridgeline will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Avalanche LTZ
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.6 ft vs 43.0 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Ridgeline
2011 Honda Ridgeline
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Chevrolet
Avalanche LTZ
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Avalanche LTZ
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Honda
Ridgeline
2011 Honda Ridgeline
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Chevrolet
Avalanche LTZ
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 146 ft The Ridgeline 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Avalanche LTZ is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.98 s @ Unknown mph vs 17.0 s @ 85 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

Honda
Ridgeline
2011 Honda Ridgeline
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Chevrolet
Avalanche LTZ
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 35.6 ft3 vs 45.5 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 57.7 ft3 vs 64.1 ft3 The Avalanche LTZ has average-sized front seats, while the Ridgeline is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1497 lb vs 1326 lb Limited towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Not Available vs Standard You won't find this in the Ridgeline , but the Avalanche LTZ's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Avalanche LTZ vs Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Ridgeline RTS vs Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X Ridgeline RT vs Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X

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