2010 Ford
Explorer Sport Trac Limited
vs. 2011 Honda
Ridgeline RTS

2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited

9.8

starting from

$33,880

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited

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Roof rails
Standard
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Leather
Standard
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Below average ground clearance for rough terrain
8.5"
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Navigation system
Optional
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS

9.6

starting from

$32,665
"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 RTS

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Really underpowered
250 HP @ 5,700 RPM
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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OK performance
18.0 lb/hp
Luxury Features 8.5 vs 10.0
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Winner: Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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  • Leather comes standard on the Explorer Sport Trac Limited; the Ridgeline RTS only offers cloth seats
Performance 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS Winner: Ridgeline RTS
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  • Four-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
  • The Ridgeline RTS's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.0 lb/hp vs 21.8 lb/hp
  • Around 20% more powerful, 250 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 210 HP @ 5,100 RPM
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Winner: Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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  • The Explorer Sport Trac Limited has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Practicality 9.7 vs 10.0
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Winner: Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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  • The Explorer Sport Trac Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Ridgeline RTS
  • Room for more than 20% more stuff, 44.4 ft3 vs 35.6 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS Winner: Ridgeline RTS
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  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 15 mpg vs 14 mpg
  • Almost the same, $32,665 vs $33,880
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
  • CD player comes standard
  • Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
Overall 9.6 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Honda
Ridgeline RTS
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Ford
Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a 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 Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Explorer Sport Trac Limited; the Ridgeline RTS only offers cloth seats

Performance

Honda
Ridgeline RTS
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Ford
Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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Horsepower 250 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 210 HP @ 5,100 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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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 18.0 lb/hp vs 21.8 lb/hp The Ridgeline RTS has OK performance while the Explorer Sport Trac Limited gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Ridgeline RTS will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.6 ft vs 36.8 ft The Explorer Sport Trac Limited turns on a dime, and the Ridgeline RTS can do OK in a tight space, too

Safety Features

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Ridgeline RTS
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Ford
Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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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 Explorer Sport Trac Limited has a good number of airbags, but the Ridgeline RTS 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 None

Practicality

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Ridgeline RTS
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Ford
Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 35.6 ft3 vs 44.4 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 60.7 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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Base payload capacity 1546 lb vs 1390 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 Optional The Explorer Sport Trac Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Ridgeline RTS
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Cupholders 6 vs 6 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Ridgeline RTS
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Ford
Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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MSRP $32,665 vs $33,880 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 14 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

Road Tests

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Ridgeline RTS
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Ford
Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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0-60 mph 8.6 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 149 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.8 s @ 83 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Ridgeline RTS
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Ford
Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Entertainment System

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Ridgeline RTS
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited Ford
Explorer Sport Trac Limited
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Number of speakers 7 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Explorer Sport Trac Limited's 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 RTS 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 Explorer Sport Trac Limited; but it's not available at all on the Ridgeline RTS

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2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Explorer Sport Trac Limited vs Tacoma Double Cab
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Explorer Sport Trac Limited vs Avalanche LTZ
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited 2011 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XL Explorer Sport Trac Limited vs Ranger Regular Cab XL
2011 Honda Ridgeline 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ Ridgeline vs Avalanche LTZ
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Ridgeline RT vs Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L Ridgeline RTS vs Pilot EX-L
2011 Honda Ridgeline 2011 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Ridgeline vs Tundra CrewMax
2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS 2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Ridgeline RTS vs 4Runner Trail

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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DM (3:30 AM, October 01, 2013)
Why would you compare the Honda Ridgeline, which is AWD, to the two-wheel drive Sport Trek? The Sport Trek is available with 4 wheel drive (not All wheel drive), which means it has a transfer case with low-range. The Ridgeline does not. This test is nonsense.