2018 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Starting Price: $32,425 (V6) | Price Yours

Above Average: Excellent durability and high resale, capable off-road TRD grade, max towing, standard driver assists

Below Average: V6 Double Cab costs significantly more than the competition, limited infotainment options

Consensus: The gold standard in midsize pickups continues to offer exceptional value coupled with numerous variations to suit just about any need or price point

 

2018 Honda Ridgeline

Starting Price: $30,725 | Price Yours

Above Average: Carlike ride and handling, quiet interior, clever In-Bed Trunk, excellent reliability and resale, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

Below Average: Only one cab size, only one bed size, mild off-road ability, 5,000-pound tow limit, subdued styling

Consensus: The ideal pickup for light-duty needs coupled with Honda quality and a comfortable ride

 

The Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma both qualify as midsize pickups, but the two present measurably different takes on the concept. The Tacoma features a rugged, body-on-frame design with impressive towing and payload figures, multiple cab and bed configurations and the ability to tackle serious off-road trails. The Ridgeline uses a unit body design commonly found on most crossover SUVs. This setup allows for better ride and handling characteristics, a quieter cabin and unique features like the built-in trunk beneath the Ridgeline’s bed floor. The Ridgeline comes standard with a V6 and automatic transmission, while the Tacoma offers a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines coupled to a manual or automatic transmission.

For the record, the Tacoma has won KBB’s Best Resale Value award every year since its inception, although it should be noted the Ridgeline placed ninth in a list of 10 vehicles. And, while the Ridgeline and Tacoma share similar payload ratings, when it comes to towing, Toyota clearly has the upper hand.

Toyota Tacoma Advantages

More engine and body style choices, standard Safety Sense P, available Qi wireless charging, off-road ability, 6,800-pound max tow rating

Honda Ridgeline Advantages

Comfortable ride, in-bed storage, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, two-way rear tailgate

Similarities

If you’re looking for a 5-passenger midsize pickup with good power, a roomy cabin and strong resale and reliability ratings, you can’t go wrong with the either the Toyota Tacoma or Honda Ridgeline.  Both trucks have similar payload ratings, versatile bed options and available driver assists like collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control. Fuel economy for both the Ridgeline and Tacoma is near best in class. Both offer truck utility, but in a smaller, more affordable package than a full-size truck offers.

Final Recommendation

If you’re seeking a pickup truck for light-duty chores and don’t need maximum towing or off-road ability, the Ridgeline may be the right choice. Its carlike ride and handling is superior to that of the Tacoma, and its hidden In-Bed Trunk allows items to be safely locked out of view. However, if you’re using your truck for towing, off-roading and just general trucklike things, there’s no substitute for the rugged and versatile Toyota Tacoma.

  2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Honda Ridgeline
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 278 hp @ 6,000 rpm 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 265 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
Transmission Auto, 6-spd Auto, 6-speed
Fuel Economy 19 mpg city, 24 hwy 19 mpg city, 26 hwy
Also Available 159-hp 2.7-liter I4  
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 127.4-140.6 inches 125.2 inches
Overall Length 212.3-225.5 inches 210.0 inches
Width 74.4-75.2 inches 78.6 inches
Height 70.6 inches 70.2-70.8 inches
Max Payload (Crew Cab) 1,440 pounds 1,465-1,580 pounds
Max Towing (Crew Cab) 6,800 pounds 5,000 pounds
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