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If you look at the two models next to each other, you’ll readily see that the Ridgeline is larger than the Maverick. Wheelbase is the most fundamental measurement because it affects the width, overall length, interior room, and cargo bed size. (Plus, the longer the wheelbase is, the more comfortable the ride will be.) The ’23 Ridgeline has a 125.2-inch wheelbase, compared to 121.1 inches for the ’23 Maverick. As far as their length (for base trims), it’s 210.2 inches for the Honda against 199.7 inches for the Ford. The Ridgeline’s 78.6-inch width beats the 72.6 inches of the Maverick.

Both vehicles offer five-passenger seating, but the Ridgeline’s larger body translates into a more spacious interior than the Maverick. The Ridgeline is larger in these notable categories: front hip room (59.1 inches for the Ridgeline vs. 55.4 inches for the Maverick), front shoulder room (62 inches vs. 57.3 inches), rear hip room (56.6 inches vs. 54.1 inches), and rear shoulder room (61.5 inches vs. 55.6 inches).

Cargo Bed

The Ridgeline is the clear winner when it comes to the size of the cargo bed, with a length of 64 inches over the Maverick’s 54 inches. Dropping the tailgate closes the gap, but the Ridgeline remains ahead (83 inches vs. 78.25 inches). It’s also vital to consider cargo bed width, with the Ridgeline having 60 inches of space between the bed walls compared to 53.3 inches for the Maverick.

The gap between the wheel wells is equally important, as it’s a key measurement when one needs to haul 4-foot by 8-foot lumber or drywall. The Honda has a 50-inch space, while the Ford’s is 42.6 inches. This means that oversized panels can rest between the wheel wells in the Ridgeline but must sit atop the wheel wells in the Maverick.

Engines and Drivetrain

Engine output matters when you’re carrying a full load of people or cargo. The Ridgeline’s sole powerplant, a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, clearly tops the Maverick’s 191 horsepower output from the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine. Even Ford’s optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes up short at 250 horsepower.

The Maverick with the turbo engine does get better fuel economy (22 city/28 highway) than the Ridgeline (18 city/24 highway), but that’s with premium fuel. Therefore, any fuel economy savings evaporate due to the increased cost of the higher-octane fuel.

All-wheel drive (AWD) and pickups often go hand-in-hand, but that’s not the case with the Ford Maverick: it’s only made with front-wheel drive in conjunction with the hybrid powertrain. If AWD is a must-have, the buyer has to step up to the more expensive turbo engine. Every 2023 Honda Ridgeline has all-wheel drive.

Towing Capacity

Towing is a necessity for many pickup truck owners. With a 5,000-pound maximum tow limit, the 2023 Ridgeline is the hauling champ in this comparison. And that’s not all: every Ridgeline trim has an integrated Class III trailer hitch and a 7-pin connector.

On the other hand, the base Maverick can only tow up to 2,000 pounds, and you’ll have to purchase a compatible hitch. Ford does offer a tow package that increases capacity to 4,000 pounds, but this is a factory-only option requiring the addition of an auxiliary oil cooler, heavy-duty radiator, and other components. This tow package also requires that the Maverick is configured with the turbo engine and AWD.



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