Introduction

The 2022 Ford Maverick and 2022 Honda Ridgeline are stripped-down vehicles with a refreshing and honest tone. Notwithstanding, they are striking and iconic trucks that are sure to leave you not sure of which to go with. Here, we’re going to review them side by side, feature by feature, to help you get the best value for your money.

2021 Ridgeline Sport with HPD Package.

Exterior

The 2022 Ford Maverick comes in three trims – XL, XLT, and Lariat. XL, which is the standard, comes in a black mesh grille and also has LED headlights. The XLT has 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, a grey grille bar, black exterior accents, and wiper-activated headlamps. It also comes with factory-fitted LED box lighting on the XLT and Lariat trims.

The 2022 Honda Ridgeline looks handsome with its bullish front end, bold tires with 18-inch alloy wheels, and dual chrome exhaust tips. It comes Honda Performance Development (HPD™) fender flares that enhance its rugged looks.

Interior

The Ford Maverick interior scores full points for functionality, user-friendliness, and durability. All trims have an eight-inch central touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The XL has single-zone manual air conditioning, but the Lariat comes with dual-zone climate control. The Maverick can comfortably seat five passengers with ample legroom and has under-seat storage.

With the Honda Ridgeline, the interior experience varies from trim to trim. For instance, the RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition all have leather-trimmed seats, while the Sport trim has cloth seats. All trims except the Sport have a one-touch power moonroof. The Sport and RTL have 7 speakers, 200-watt audio systems, while the RTL-E and Black Edition have 8 speakers, 540-watt audio systems.

Ford Maverick

2021 Ridgeline Sport with HPD Package.

Cabin and Cargo space

The Maverick has a 4.5-footbed that can take 33.3 cubic feet of cargo volume. Its maximum payload stands at 1,500 lbs. To mitigate the limited capacity, the Maverick comes with a Flexbed system and lumbar boards that allow you to divide the bed to load different kinds of items. It also has an inbuilt power outlet and a toolbox and can tow up to 2,000 pounds in weight.

The Ridgeline offers a superior 5 by 4inch bed on all trims and can take 33.9 cubic feet of bed volume. There’s also a wide berth between the wheel wells that helps with loading large items and a multipurpose tailgate that can be opened in different ways for additional storage space.

Ford Maverick

Honda Ridgeline

Performance

The 2022 Ford Maverick has a base powertrain composed of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, delivering a combined 191 hp and 155-pound feet of torque on the hybrid. With the EcoBoost powertrain, you get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 250 hp and 277-pound feet of torque. The Maverick needs 7 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph. It comes as a standard FWD and AWD is optional with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

On all 2022 Honda Ridgelines, you get a 3.5 liter V6, delivering 280 hp and 262-pound feet of torque. It has a nine-speed automatic transmission through which power is routed and can hit 60 mph from zero, in 6.3 seconds.

Fuel Economy

On the Ford Maverick FWD, there’s a combined 26 mpg, translating to 3.8 gallons for every 100 miles. On the AWD, there’s 25 mpg, translating to 4 gallons for every 100 miles. But on the hybrid, you get a 37-mpg fuel economy rating. On social media forums like Reddit, users have said it can go up to 600 miles on a full tank.

With the Honda Ridgeline, however, you get a 21-mpg combined fuel economy rating across all trims. To assist with fuel economy, the Honda Ridgeline also comes with Eco Assist™ that keeps the driver informed about the fuel efficiency of their habits.

Cost.

The Maverick is differently priced, depending on the trim. The XL goes for $21,490. The XLT goes for $23,775, while the Lariat goes for $26,985. For an additional $2,345 on the XLT, you can get heated seats and side mirrors, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and more. On any trim, if you wish to upgrade the engine, that would cost $1,085.

A base Ridgeline Sport goes for $38,115. The RTL goes for $41,095. The RTL-E, which is the most popular, goes for $44,045 while the top of the class Ridgeline Black Edition goes for $45, 545.

Warranty

The 2022 Ford Maverick has a basic warranty of 36 months/36,000 miles, corrosion perforation warranty of 60 months for an unlimited distance, hybrid/electric system component warranty of 96 months/100,000 miles, powertrain warranty of 60 months/60,000 miles, and roadside assistance coverage of 60 months/60,000 miles. There has also not been any safety recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concerning this truck.

The 2022 Honda Ridgeline has a basic warranty of 36 months/36,000 miles, and a powertrain warranty of 60 months/60,000 miles.

Verdict

When it comes to outlook, the Ford Maverick wins. The Ford Maverick and Honda Ridgeline, though unique in their way, are more or less equally matched in terms of interior experience. The Ridgeline wins when it comes to cargo space and performance. Notwithstanding, the Ford Maverick takes the crown when it comes to fuel economy.

The Maverick is the more pocket-friendly option and also wins for warranty. As such, while the Ridgeline is a great truck, the Maverick is a better option if you had to choose between both of them.

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