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? We at Royal Palm Toyota will take a look at 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.
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.
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.
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!