2019 Honda Ridgeline vs Toyota Tacoma

Today’s top small pickup trucks give those used to crossover utility a taste of full-size pickup practicality. In the following comparison, we’ll review two of the segment’s most talented contenders, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline and the 2019 Toyota Tacoma.

If you’re in the market for a compact pickup in the Santa Ana, Tustin, and Rancho Santa Margarita areas, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading to see which new truck takes all.

Honda Ridgeline vs Toyota Tacoma: Truck Muscle

When you stack the 2019 Ridgeline’s and the 2019 Tacoma’s power stats back to back, it’s clear to see which truck has the mechanical advantage.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma runs on a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 159 horsepower. In comparison, the Honda Ridgeline skips the idea of an entry-level engine, and instead equips all its trims with a top-performing 3.5-liter V6 that has all the power you need.

All Ridgeline riders benefit from the potent acceleration of the model’s standard 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that towers over the Tacoma’s base output by an impressive 121 horsepower.

Tacoma vs Ridgeline Powertrains & Towing

How do these gains translate to the towing realm? When properly equipped with their standard engines and AWD, the Honda Ridgeline can pull up to 5,000 pounds with ease and haul 1,584 pounds in its bed.

2019 Honda Ridgeline

The 2019 Tacoma, on the other hand, lags behind these numbers significantly, offering a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds with its four-cylinder engine. With the Ridgeline’s extra towing capacity, you can feel comfortable pulling heavier items like a small boat or camper.

The Honda Ridgeline is a front-wheel-drive standard model, while the Tacoma comes with rear-wheel drive standard. Both models offer drivetrains that send power to all four wheels; the Ridgeline offers all-wheel drive and the Tacoma offers four-wheel drive.

In all-wheel Ridgeline vehicles, Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management System lets drivers easily match torque and traction to the terrain by simply selecting the right drive mode from a dial located on the center console.

Ridgeline vs Tacoma: Modern Truck Cabins

Just because the Ridgeline and Tacoma are deemed to be rough-and-tumble trucks doesn’t mean their interiors should be void of polished refinement. And with these two, that rings true: The Honda Ridgeline and the Toyota Tacoma feature quality, lush materials and fabrics at their cabin centers.

The 2019 Ridgeline is built exclusively in a crew cab body style and can seat up to five passengers. Tacoma Extended Cabs seat four and it’s Double Cab (Toyota’s name for a crew cab) seats five. Despite these seating estimates, many Tacoma test drivers have commented that its available seating space can feel cramped. With 32.6 inches of rear legroom vs. the 2019 Ridgeline’s much roomier 36.7 inches, we can understand why.

2019 Honda Ridgeline vs Toyota Tacoma: Final Verdict

After being discontinued in 2014, and now fully redesigned and reinstated for the 2019 model year, the Honda Ridgeline returns, offering impressive power and tow stats, along with a refined and roomy truck core. It’s plain to see that this Ridgeline is better than ever before, especially in the rift it’s created between it and other models in the class—models like the 2019 Tacoma.

If you’re interested in getting behind the wheel of a small truck that can better adapt to your needs, the Ridgeline is the ultimate contender.

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