If you are interested in purchasing a new mid-sized truck, there are several choices available, but the two most popular and highly rated are the Honda Ridgeline and the Toyota Tacoma. So which of these two should you buy? Our Honda vs. Toyota pickup comparison aims to make that clear.
For the purposes of this review, we will compare the most popular 2019 Honda Ridgeline trim at our dealership against the equivalent Tacoma trim: the 2019 Honda Ridge RTL-E and the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Limited 4x4. If you have questions not addressed in this review, please call (866) 205-1181 or fill out our short contact form.
Ridgeline vs. Tacoma: Interior
If you are buying a midsized pickup truck to be your personal vehicle, it’s not enough for it to be great at towing and hauling. It must also be comfortable to ride in and have lots of convenient features. Between the Honda Ridgeline and the Toyota Tacoma, the Ridgeline provides a much more premium experience.
The Ridgeline RTL-E has tri-zone climate control while the Toyota Tacoma Limited only has dual-zone climate control.
The Ridgeline RTL-E has a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel and heated leather front seats. The Toyota Tacoma Limited doesn’t have either.
The Ridgeline RTL-E has a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and two-position memory; The Toyota Tacoma Limited has only a four-way adjustable driver’s seat.
The new Honda Ridgeline comes standard with rear under-seat storage.
The new Honda Ridgeline has a lockable glove compartment.
Ridgeline vs. Tacoma: Design & Utility
Although both the Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma come in crew cab body styles, the Ridgeline uses a unibody design while the Tacoma uses a body-on-frame design. Although this gives the Tacoma a slight advantage in towing, the Ridgeline has massively superior comfort, handling, and usable interior space.
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline has over four inches more rear legroom than the 2019 Toyota Tacoma
The Ridgeline has more shoulder and hip room than the Tacoma
The Ridgeline has more cargo space than the Tacoma
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E has a payload rating of 1,499 lbs. while the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Limited can only haul 1,120 lbs.
The Ridgeline boasts the industry’s first dual-action tailgate: it can be opened both down and to the side
The Ridgeline is the only truck in its segment to include an In-Bed Trunk®. It’s lockable, drainable, and includes grocery bag hooks and places to install cargo dividers
Ridgeline vs. Tacoma: Technology
Every new vehicle should come equipped with modern safety, connectivity, and entertainment technology. Of these two mid-sized pickup trucks, the Honda Ridgeline is clearly superior in this regard.
The Honda Ridgeline RTL-E comes with an 8-in. infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ compatibility; The Toyota Tacoma Limited has a 7-in. infotainment screen and isn’t compatible with Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™.
The Honda Ridgeline RTL-E has an 8-speaker premium sound system plus a truck bed audio system; The Toyota Tacoma Limited has a 6-speaker sound system.
The Honda Ridgeline is available with Honda Sensing® active safety features.
Pickup trucks need to be powerful, and both of these models are. The Tacoma comes with two engine options, whereas the Ridgeline is only available with one. Despite having fewer options than the Tacoma, the Ridgeline’s single engine option offers more power than either of the Tacoma engines.
The Ridgeline comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. For the Tacoma, standard power is produced by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that only puts out 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. The Tacoma’s second engine option is a 3.5-liter V6 engine – similar to the Ridgeline’s – that produces 278 horsepower.
Both the Ridgeline and the Tacoma are available at six trim levels, providing you with ample interior features. When it comes to the specific tools, though, the Ridgeline offers more premium options, showing that just because you’re utilizing your pickup truck as a workhorse, doesn’t mean you have to give up creature comforts.
The Ridgeline’s interior boasts a range of features that the Tacoma doesn’t offer, including available ambient lightning, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a heated steering wheel.
The Ridgeline also offers a touchscreen display that goes up to eight inches; the Tacoma’s display only goes up to seven inches. This larger display makes it easier to utilize the Ridgeline’s LaneWatch™ technology, which displays live video of your surroundings, helping you be more aware out on the road – the Tacoma doesn’t offer this technology.
The interior of the Ridgeline comes standard with 60/40-split lift-up rear seats that allow you to bring tall items with you on the go.
Enjoy a powerful, tech-filled truck when you choose the Honda Ridgeline at Honda of Tiffany Springs.
Test Drive Pickup Trucks in Kansas City
When you compare the utility, comfort, and quality of technology and features of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline and the 2019 Toyota Tacoma, the Honda truck is the clear winner. If you’d like to experience the new 2019 Ridgeline in person, first select the model you want to drive from our new Ridgeline inventory, and then schedule a test drive appointment at Honda of Tiffany Springs in Kansas City.