Comparison: 2018 Honda Ridgeline vs 2018 Toyota Tacoma

Richmond area drivers who want a fuss-free, family-friendly pickup truck always come to Honda first. And while Honda makes some of the best-quality vehicles on the road, we won't blame you for checking out the competition.

In fact, we'll help. Below, we'll compare the 2018 Honda Ridgeline to the 2018 Toyota Tacoma to see which wins out as the best-equipped for your family.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Honda Ridgeline

The mountains of Virginia are no match for the Ridgeline, which comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and available with all-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models have a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, while AWD variants can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

According to EPA estimates, the 2018 Ridgeline FWD gets up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway, while the AWD model gets up to 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway.

Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma has two engine options. Lower trims come with a 2.7-liter inline-4 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission, making 159 horsepower (which is about on par with the compact Civic's base engine) and 180 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to an upper trim with a 3.5-liter V6 adds $7,000 or more to the base price, but gives you 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Both options are available with all-wheel drive.

Despite its lower pony count, the Tacoma still lags behind the Ridgeline in terms of efficiency. The inline-4 gets up to 19 MPG city and 23 MPG highway, while the V6 AWD gets up to 18 MPG city and 23 MPG highway.

Convenience and Entertainment

Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline's base trim, the RT, includes standard a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, dual-action tailgate, In-Bed Trunk, integrated trailer hitch, truck-bed lights, push-button start, and a 7-speaker audio system with subwoofer. The Sport adds three-zone climate control, HomeLink remote, and fog lights.

Available features on the Ridgeline include heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats and steering wheel, leather-trimmed interior, power rear window, and a one-touch power moonroof. Additionally, it's available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation, and a Truck Bed Audio System.

Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma does not come available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or satellite-linked navigation. Additionally, it lacks many of the features that make the Ridgeline perfect for tailgating and vacations, including Truck Bed Audio, in-bed lights, and an in-bed trunk with drain.

Upper trims feature leather seats, dual-zone climate control, Qi-compatible wireless charging, a moonroof, and Smart Key System.


Honda Ridgeline

Starting at $29,730 MSRP

Toyota Tacoma

Starting at $25,200 MSRP