2018 Honda Ridgeline vs 2017 Nissan Frontier Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Honda Ridgeline

2018 Honda Ridgeline



Fuel Economy *

  19 City / 26 Hwy

2017 Nissan Frontier

2017 Nissan Frontier



Fuel Economy

  15 City / 21 City

2018 Honda Ridgeline vs 2017 Nissan Frontier

Serving Highland, Schererville, and Hammond

The midsize pickup truck segment attracts folks who need the versatility and durability of a full-size pickup, but in a trimmer package. Two leaders in this segment are the 2018 Honda Ridgeline and the 2017 Nissan Frontier. Both are reliable, tough and good values, but the Honda has hi-tech refinements while the Nissan is showing its age. We suggest you test-drive both, because we’re confident you’ll choose the modern Honda Ridgeline over the competition.

Standard Engines

The Honda Ridgeline is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 280 horsepower, 262 lb-ft of torque and fuel economy of 19 city/26 highway mpg* in two-wheel drive and 18/25 mpg in all-wheel drive. This V6 is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission (versus a five-speed manual or automatic in Frontier). The standard engine on the Nissan Frontier is a 2.5-liter I-4 with 152 horsepower, 171 lb-ft of torque and 17/23 mpg in 2WD. Nissan also offers a V6, but it puts out only 261 horsepower, 19 less than the Ridgeline.


The EPA designates the Ridgeline as a standard truck and the Frontier as a small truck. The Honda is longer, wider, and higher than the Nissan Frontier, yet it weighs less. The Ridgeline cab is more spacious than the Frontier Crew Cab, with more headroom and shoulder room in front and rear. Backseat passengers will be better able to stretch their legs in the Ridgeline, with rear legroom of 36.7 inches compared to 33.6 inches in the Frontier. Honda also provides more truck bed volume, 34 cubic feet to just 27 in the Nissan.


Both models offer the following airbags: Driver, passenger, front head curtain and front side. But only the Honda also provides a rear head curtain. The NHTSA gives the 2018 Ridgeline an overall rating of 5 Stars**, but has not assigned an overall rating to the 2017 Frontier. A rear-view camera is standard on Ridgeline, optional on Frontier. The Ridgeline offers Honda Sensing active safety features, including Active Cruise Control, Collision-Mitigation Braking, Blind-Spot Assist, Road-Departure Mitigation, Lane-Departure Warning, Lane-Keeping Assist and Forward-Collision Warning. The Frontier offers none of these safety features.

Our Honda dealership is looking forward to arranging your test drive of the winning vehicle, the 2018 Ridgeline. Visit us today and experience our friendly customer service that always prioritizes your satisfaction.

* 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD models. 18 city/25 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

** NHTSA Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportations New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).