The midsize pickup truck automotive industry class has never been more competitive than it is right now. Toyota has never left this segment, where other manufacturers have abandoned its position only to come back. A comparison of the 2021 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2021 Honda Ridgeline will quite clearly illustrate just how closely matched each truck in this class is, but also how the Tacoma is able to be a leader.
In terms of overall performance output, the 2021 Tacoma and 2021 Ridgeline are closely matched. However, the Tacoma is able to offer a higher maximum towing capacity. The 2021 Tacoma also offers a wider range of connectivity technology, including a high-speed internet connection.
Colonial Toyota customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2021 Toyota Tacoma by calling, 203-403-6890.
2021 Toyota Tacoma
2021 Honda Ridgeline
|3.5-L, V-6||Available Engine||3.5-L, V-6|
|6,800 lbs.||Max. Towing||5,000 lbs.|
Since the first day the original generation of the Toyota Tacoma arrived at dealerships around the country, flexibility was the name of the game. That tradition is being continued for the 2021 model year. Future owners of the 2021 Tacoma will be able to choose between a naturally aspirated 2.7-liter, four-cylinder or a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. These power plants will produce 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque (2.7-L) and 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque (3.5-L), respectively. All versions of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline will employ a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that will make 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.
Naturally, towing capacity is almost always going to be a primary concern of truck buyers. A 2021 Tacoma outfitted with the four-cylinder engine will have a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. Colonial Toyota customers choosing a Tacoma with the V-6 will be able to tow up to 6,800 pounds when the truck is properly equipped. Honda has managed to split the difference between these marks with the 2021 Ridgeline, with a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
Both Toyota and Honda have dove head-first into the connectivity technology pool. Owners of either truck will have a smartphone-compatible infotainment system equipped that will offer standard access to both the Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ suites of applications. However, Toyota goes a step or two further by offering a 4G LTE Wi-Fi mobile hotspot. This feature isn’t available with the 2021 Ridgeline at all.