Topping pickup truck news this week, Cars.com reviewers recently conducted an intensive, weeklong head-to-head-to-head-to-head test of four mid-size pickup trucks and concluded that — in a field of the 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Honda Ridgeline, 2019 GMC Canyon and 2020 Jeep Gladiator — the Ridgeline rules. (Astute readers will note that the popular and breathed-on-for-2020 Toyota Tacoma was not included, as the automaker couldn’t make one available in time for our test.)
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How did the Ridgeline win the 2019 Mid-Size Truck Challenge? We have a whole article that details just how it pulled out a victory — which you can find via the link below — but the gist is that it does a lot of truck things well for a vehicle over which some die-hards might debate the merits of technically being a truck.
The Ridgeline walked away with a win in our cargo testing thanks not only to a bed area unimpeded by wheel wells, but also its trick lockable — and drainable — storage area in the bed. Our editors also found it to be the most comfortable from a driving perspective, one of the bonuses of sharing a platform with an SUV and a minivan. Our experts also praised the Ridgeline’s value, as an almost fully loaded Ridgeline RTL-E cost the least of the trucks in our competitive field. It wasn’t all roses for the Ridgeline, however, as Honda’s aging and clunky multimedia system cost it points — but not enough for the rival Ford Ranger to eke out a win.
In addition to the full explanation of just how the Ridgeline managed to win, you can check out the full results of our comparison — including fuel economy, loaded and unloaded acceleration and braking tests, and more — by following the links to our Mid-Size Truck Challenge coverage below.
In other news, you can also find out what we know about the upcoming 2020 Nissan Titan, redesigned for the new model year and slated to be revealed today. Meanwhile, learn what it’s like to install car seats in a 2019 GMC Canyon, and find out if your pickup is among a pair of multi-model recalls from Ram and Nissan.
Here’s all the pickup truck news covered in the past week on both Cars.com and sister site PickupTrucks.com:
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