2018 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2018 Honda Ridgeline

Medium-sized pickup trucks like the Toyota Tacoma represent something special for owners. They can get all of the best parts of the pickup truck platform in terms of towing and payload, without added weight and expense of a full-size model. However, a comparison of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2018 Honda Ridgeline shows a few key differences between the two pickup truck platforms. The most important of these is how the trucks are built. The 2018 Tacoma uses a traditional body-on-frame style that helps it offer more rugged capability for off-roading and towing; while the 2018 Ridgeline uses a unibody construction, like crossover SUVs. Potential buyers can learn more about the 2018 Toyota Tacoma with a Colonial Toyota product expert today by calling, 203-286-5500.

Because of the different methods used to build the 2018 Tacoma and 2018 Ridgeline, the former can go places and do things that simply aren't possible with the latter. Of the two midsize pickup trucks, only the current Toyota Tacoma can take owners out into the wilderness with unwavering confidence thanks to a legitimate four-wheel-drive system. By comparison, the 2018 Ridgeline will do well on slippery roads thanks to its available all-wheel-drive system, which is analogous to what is offered with Honda crossover SUVs. Additionally, Colonial Toyota customers interested in the 2018 Tacoma can choose among an array of cabin styles and cargo bed lengths to customize the truck to fit their needs. The 2018 Ridgeline only offers a one-size-fits-all configuration. This is very much reflected in payload figures.


2018 Toyota Tacoma


2018 Honda Ridgeline

3.5-L, V-6 Engine 3.5-L, V-6
278/265 Horsepower/Torque 280/262
Six-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
6,800 lbs. Max. Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs.


Performance Specs

In keeping with the idea of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma being able to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible, its base models employ a very efficient 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine that can be attached to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Using the available six-speed automatic, a Tacoma with the four-cylinder engine can record 19 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway. The current Ridgeline is only equipped with a V-6 engine, which its advocates will point out has a small performance advantage over the Tacoma. While this is true, it's really a non-issue. When properly equipped, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma has a maximum towing capacity of well more than 6,000 pounds, whereas the 2018 Ridgeline tops out at 5,000 pounds.



A close up photo of the center gauge cluster in the 2018 Toyota Tacoma.
An interior photo of the dashboard in the 2018 Tacoma.
A photo of the available sunroof in the 2018 Tacoma.
An interior photo showing one of the upholstery options in the 2018 Tacoma.

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