2019 Tacoma vs Honda Ridgeline

Overview

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline both have well-deserved reputations as quality pickups, but they are still very different vehicles. The Tacoma is a traditional pickup truck with off-road capability, while the Ridgeline, which is based on the Honda Pilot platform, is more like an SUV with some pickup truck features. The Tacoma readily outsells the Ridgeline, and for good reason. It offers a much higher maximum towing capacity, exceptional off-road ability, and an overall extraordinary value. Here is how this model year’s Tacoma stacks up against the Ridgeline.


 

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Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The 2019 Tacoma’s starting price is $25,550, which is over $4,000 less than the Ridgeline’s starting MSRP of $29,990. The Tacoma’s lower starting price is also coupled with an industry-leading resale value to make it one of the best deals around. Toyota and Honda both offer a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation warranty, and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, but only Toyota offers a 5-year/60,000-mile restraint system warranty.


Performance and Fuel Economy

The Tacoma comes standard with a 2.7-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine that puts out 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. Toyota also offers a more powerful 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine that delivers 278 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. All Tacoma trims come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, but offer four-wheel drive availability. The Ridgeline only comes with a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque; it is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Tacoma is capable of towing up to 6,800 pounds, which is 1,800 pounds more than the Ridgeline. The Tacoma also has a larger payload capacity, with the capability of hauling up to 1,620 pounds. The Ridgeline also does not have same off-road capability as the Tacoma, with its available multi-terrain select and crawl control features. Regarding fuel economy, the Tacoma delivers up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, compared to the Ridgeline’s EPA-estimated 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.


Passenger Comfort and Amenities

The Tacoma is available in several different configurations, but the Ridgeline is only available in a double-cab short-bed configuration. In this same configuration, the Tacoma’s bed still features 4 more cubic feet of space than the Ridgeline. The base Tacoma also includes standard heated exterior mirrors, automatic high beams, voice activation, and the Entune audio system (with a 6.1-in. touch-screen display, hands-free phone capability, and Siri EyesFree), which are not available on the entry-level Ridgeline.


Safety

The Tacoma and Ridgeline both earned scores of “Good” in government- issued crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). All Tacoma trims are standardly equipped with a suite of driver-assistance safety features, but the Ridgeline only offers these features on its highest trim levels. These standard Tacoma features include pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The Tacoma also comes standard with an exclusive whiplash protection system that is not available on the Ridgeline.