2017 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2017 Honda Ridgeline

The mid-size pickup truck class is hotly contested these days. While the Toyota Tacoma ruled the roost for years without serious competition, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is quite the contender, with a comfortable cabin and a car-like ride. Can the Ridgeline keep up? Take a look as we Royal Palm Toyota examine how they stack up against each other.

On or Off-Road?

The Tacoma is a conventional body-on-frame pickup truck, while the Ridgeline uses unibody construction. Although Tacoma gets the nod on the toughest off-road trails, the Ridgeline almost keeps up off the beaten path. On paved roads, the Tacoma again excels where it delivers superior ride and handling.

Horsepower

The Tacoma is offered with a 159 horsepower 2.7-liter inline four cylinder or a 278 horsepower 3.5-liter V6. All Ridgelines are equipped with a 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, giving them a two-horsepower advantage.

Fuel Economy

The most fuel efficient 2017 Tacoma is EPA rated at 19 city/24 highway miles per gallon when equipped with two-wheel-drive and the 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Ridgeline delivers a slightly higher level of efficiency out on the open road, with the front-wheel-drive model rated at 19 city/26 highway.

Cargo Bed

The Tacoma’s cargo bed is work-oriented, with a handy optional sliding tie-down system. The Ridgeline gets the job done, but it’s all about the Tacoma’s party, with a cooler-like space below the cargo floor (complete with drain plug), optional speakers stealthily built into the cargo bed walls, and an innovative two-way tailgate. The Tacoma takes the reigns on this one. 

If you are looking for a truck, the 2017 Tacoma is the way to go. Stop by Royal Palm Toyota to check out all the cool features and take a test drive today!