2018 Honda Ridgeline vs 2017 Toyota Tacoma Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Honda Ridgeline

2018 Honda Ridgeline

Horsepower

  280 hp

Engine Torque

  262 ft-lbs


2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 Toyota Tacoma

Horsepower

  159 hp

Engine Torque

  180 ft-lbs

2018 Honda Ridgeline vs 2017 Toyota Tacoma

Serving Highland, Schererville, and Hammond

When you want a mid-sized truck, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline offers a better way to travel. How does it compare with the Toyota Tacoma? This review invites you to take a look under the hood, in the bed, and in the cabin. There’s so much to explore that you may want to take a closer look at the Bosak Honda Highland dealership.

Performance

The Toyota Tacoma has two engines. The more affordable is a 159-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The other is a 278-horsepower V6 engine. In comparison, the Ridgeline doesn’t bother with a four-cylinder engine. Trucks need more power than that, and Honda gives it to the Ridgeline. A V6 generates 280 horsepower. If you are familiar with the 2014 edition, that’s a 30 horsepower bump. It’s also a few more horses than the Toyota V6. The Ridgeline can tow 3,500 or 5,000 pounds, depending on your choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The FWD edition can haul 1,465 pounds. AWD tow ratings are a best-in-class 1,584 pounds.

Utility

Ridgelines have something that no other truck offers. It has a trunk. This trunk sits below a floor panel in the bed. It is lockable and, of course, hides under any cargo you may carry. This space is also watertight so you can store your tools there until you need them. Without the trunk, Tacoma owners must use cabin or bed space for all of their gear or luggage. Furthermore, the Ridgeline trunk can function as a built-in cooler. You can ice down your food and drinks for a tailgate party or trip to the lake. Honda has added drains to let out water. The Ridgeline bed also has some advantages. It is the widest in its segment. Owners can lay 4 x 8 lumber flat in its bed. At 64 inches, Honda’s bed is also 3.5 inches longer than the Toyota’s.

Cabin Amenities

Whereas Toyota is focused on both the work truck and personal truck markets, the Honda Ridgeline is focused on regular commuters, family guys, and others on the go. Busy Moms will find that the Ridgeline is big enough to handle tweens, teens and carseats. Busy Dads will have the bed they need for weekend chores. The family has a trunk for luggage. Best of all, the interior feels higher quality because it has to be. The upper trim editions really leave the Tacoma behind as Honda strives to give Ridgeline owners a more upscale way to travel in a truck. Ridgeline cabins are rated at 109 cu.ft. for five passengers whereas the Tacomas are rated at about 100 cu.ft. Furthermore, Tacomas are criticized for poor seat placement for taller drivers.

Our dealership invites you to test drive the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. The knowledgeable staff can show you all of the Honda Ridgeline’s crash avoidance technologies and bring you up-to-date on its dash tech.