|2017 Honda Ridgeline||2016 GMC Sierra 1500|
|12.4 l/100km||City Fuel Efficiency||13.1 l/100km|
|9.0 l/100km||Highway Fuel Efficiency||9.8 l/100km|
|280 HP||Horsepower||285 HP|
|4,242 lbs.||Curb Weight||5,037 lbs.|
2017 Honda Ridgeline vs 2016 GMC Sierra 1500
With all of the small trucks out of the way, the amount of trucks competing with the Honda Ridgeline is quickly diminishing. There are only a couple of full-size, light-duty trucks left to compare the second-generation Honda truck to, and we thought we’d start by pitting the 2017 Honda Ridgeline vs 2016 GMC Sierra 1500. While the GMC Sierra might not be an in-segment rival, as that designation would belong to the Canyon, the slightly bigger truck is still a viable option for truck enthusiasts in the area, so we thought we’d see how the Ridgeline measures up.
Advantages of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline
While we assumed fuel efficiency would certainly lean in our favor, we were surprised at how close the 2017 Ridgeline was in certain other areas. Let’s start from the top of the table above by look at each truck’s fuel economy ratings. The midsize Honda truck achieves 12.4 l/100km through city streets, which is 0.7 l/100km less than the Sierra 1500, and on the highway the Ridgeline needs 0.8 l/100km less. In the long run, those efficiency advantages are going to turn to some decent savings at the gas pump.
But if efficiency isn’t enough for you, you might be happy and surprised to learn that the Ridgelines base engine generates only 5 less horsepower than the GMC Sierra’s. If you were to drive two identical trucks back to back, one with 280 horsepower and the other with 285, you likely wouldn’t notice that 5-horsepower difference; however, the Ridgeline happens to weigh a whopping 795 pounds less than its GMC counterpart, and that large of a weight differential means much less power is necessary to move in the same way.
Thus the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is not only more efficient than the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500, but in a way is also more powerful. If these two advantages sound interesting to you, come in and take a Ridgeline for a spin yourself by schedule a test drive right here on our website. You can also give us a call at the sales desk if you have any additional questions about the midsize truck, or anything else for that matter.