2010 Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
vs. 2011 Honda
Ridgeline RT

2011 Honda Ridgeline RT

9.9

starting from

$29,960
"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 RT

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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
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT

9.9

starting from

$29,025

Reasons to buy the Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT

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Has auxiliary audio input
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Roof rails
Standard
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Below average ground clearance for rough terrain
8.5"
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Tighter turning radius
36.8 ft
Performance 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT Winner: Ridgeline RT
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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 RT'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 XLT Winner: Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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  • The Explorer Sport Trac XLT has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Practicality 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Limited towing capacity
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
Missing information
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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  • CD player comes standard
  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
Overall 9.9 vs 9.9

Performance

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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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 RT has OK performance while the Explorer Sport Trac XLT gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Ridgeline RT will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.6 ft vs 36.8 ft The Explorer Sport Trac XLT turns on a dime, and the Ridgeline RT can do OK in a tight space, too

Safety Features

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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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 XLT has a good number of airbags, but the Ridgeline RT 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

Cost

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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MSRP $29,960 vs $29,025 The Explorer Sport Trac XLT has a great price and the Ridgeline RT is pretty reasonable
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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

Practicality

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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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 1,546 lb vs 1,390 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 Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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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

Luxury Features

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 141 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.0 s s @ unknown 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 RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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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

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Ford
Explorer Sport Trac XLT
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Number of speakers 6 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 Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input No vs Yes The Explorer Sport Trac XLT can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X Explorer Sport Trac XLT vs Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 2011 Ford F150 SuperCrew Cab Lariat Explorer Sport Trac XLT vs F150 SuperCrew Cab Lariat
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Explorer Sport Trac XLT vs Avalanche LS
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 2011 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab LT Explorer Sport Trac XLT vs Colorado Crew Cab LT
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 2011 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XLT Explorer Sport Trac XLT vs Ranger Regular Cab XLT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Ridgeline RT vs Avalanche LS
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Ridgeline RT vs Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Honda Pilot EX Ridgeline RT vs Pilot EX
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab LT Ridgeline RT vs Colorado Crew Cab LT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Ridgeline RT vs Tundra CrewMax

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.