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2019 Honda Ridgeline vs. 2019 Toyota Tacoma: A Mid-Sized Pickup Comparison

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.
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2019 Ridgeline Cargo Space

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.

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.
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