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2018 Toyota Tacoma Vs. 2018 Honda Ridgeline: Which One is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Jun 1, 2018 3:00 PM

2018 is the year of the mid-size pickup, and two of the top contenders for best in class are the 2018 Toyota Tacoma and the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. Both measure up in terms of safety, functionality, and reliability, but as the saying goes, there can be only one. If you’ve been shopping around for a mid-size pickup that has everything you need but aren’t sure which to choose, we here at Westbury Toyota have just what you need to make an informed decision. Specifically, we’ve put together a simple, comprehensive list of comparisons between the 2018 Tacoma and the 2018 Ridgeline.

Obviously, you might think that we may be a bit biased in this discussion, but as you will soon see the information we have provided here proves once and for all that the Tacoma is clearly your best option in this category. With this in mind, take a minute now and look over our comparison between the Toyota Tacoma and the Honda Ridgeline to see exactly how this class leader stacks up to – and surpasses – its fiercest competition.

Performance Specs

People buy mid-size pickups more for utility than anything else, so it’s vital that the truck you pick can handle whatever you throw its way. Below is a comparison of specs for both the Ridgeline and the Tacoma which display beyond a shadow of a doubt that Toyota's mid-size truck offering has the power and performance you need to truly own any task:

2018 Honda Ridgeline 2018 Toyota Tacoma
3.5 liter (L) V6 engine 2.7 L Inline-4 or 3.5 L V6 engine
280 horsepower (hp) 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque (I-4)
262 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque (V6)
Six-speed automatic transmission Six-speed automatic transmission

As you can see, it's pretty clear that both trucks are neck in neck in some areas. While the Ridgeline does provide a narrow horsepower advantage, the additional torque on the Tacoma’s side makes it the superior option for anyone who will be frequently hauling heavy loads in the bed of his or her truck around Westbury and the greater Long Island area.

Towing Capability

If you’re looking for well-rounded utility in a mid-size pickup, you’re going to want something that’s able to pull well. As the editorial staff over at Motor Trend explains, the Tacoma is the undisputed winner in the towing department with a towing capability of up to 6,800 pounds (lbs.) via the V6 Tow Prep Package, putting it well ahead of the Ridgeline, which maxes out at just 5,000 lbs. of towing capacity.

Cargo Volume

If you need a truck with a lot of cargo volume in addition to impressive towing ability, the Tacoma edges out the Ridgeline yet again. You have the option of going with either a five-foot or six-foot bed length (which is dependent on cab size). A five-foot bed gives you 38 cubic feet of cargo space, whereas a six-foot bed will get you 47 cubic feet. As Eric Stafford of Car and Driver points out, both of the Tacoma’s bed sizes provide you with more cargo volume than the Ridgeline, which comes in at only 35 cubic feet.

Off-Roading Abilities

Looking for a new truck that you can rely on to do the regular nine to five and then take out on the weekends to get dirty on the trail or at the local mud hole? If so, the 2018 Tacoma is the pickup to go with. It has an impressive ground clearance of 9.4 inches (compared to the Ridgeline's 7.87 inches). What’s more, the Tacoma has an approach angle between 39 and 32 degrees, making it far more adept at traversing off-road terrain than the Ridgeline.

Safety Features

Brand new in the 2018 Tacoma (and standard at all trim levels) is a new suite of safety features (Toyota Safety Sense-P), which includes pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Front knee airbags are also standard in the Tacoma but aren’t available at all for those drivers who opt to go with the Ridgeline. When it comes to providing the best in safety tech to keep everyone secure and moving forward, the Tacoma is the clear choice.

The Right Fit for You

Buying a truck is a big deal, and you need to make absolutely sure that the truck you choose has everything you're going to need for the long haul. Fortunately, the Tacoma’s got it all in spades: Tons of torque, great towing capability, off-roading prowess, and all the safety features you could ever need.

Comparing the 2018 Honda Ridgeline and the 2018 Toyota Tacoma to name a winner wasn’t an easy task considering that both are quality mid-size pickup offerings. However, at the end of the day we firmly feel the Tacoma has more to offer drivers than the Ridgeline. In reliability and functionality, Toyota’s proven yet again that it knows exactly what it’s doing – and has what it takes to ensure you get the most bang for your buck when the time comes to get behind the wheel of a new pickup.

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