The 2019 Honda Ridgeline and the Toyota Tacoma are Fierce Rivals

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Pickup trucks are fun, capable, and versatile. They're also big, heavy, and not very fuel-efficient. If you've been hoping to buy or lease a truck when you're ready to get your next vehicle in El Cerrito, you might not be looking into the bulky full-size segment.

Models like the 2019 Honda Ridgeline and the compact 2019 Toyota Tacoma find just the right balance between capable performance and practical driving. These trucks are small enough to dodge through traffic anywhere around El Cerrito, but pack enough of a punch to make easy work of any weekend project or spontaneous road trip.

Compare Ridgeline vs Tacoma below to learn more about these two rival trucks.


First: the Good Stuff

Things you'll get in the Ridgeline:

  • A standard dual-action tailgate
  • Available in-bed stereo system
  • Available built-in lockable compartment in the bed
  • Available power rear window

Things you'll get in the Tacoma:

  • A standard GoPro mount (you'll have to buy your own GoPro, though)
  • Available Qi Wireless Charging
  • A power rear window

Second: Prices and Value

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma starts at $25,550, and Toyota trucks typically offer good resale value.

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline starts at $29,990*, and Honda vehicles also typically offer good resale value and durability. Value probably won't be much of a factor for you in this comparison.


Third: Performance and the Options

Under the hood, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline doesn't hold back. It's powered by a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine, paired to an available All-Wheel-Drive system--together, the powertrain is good for an impressive 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

The 2019 Tacoma, however, opts for a standard four-cylinder engine--only 2.5 liters, not even turbocharged. It only gives up 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, and it offers available four-wheel drive--which isn't as efficient as AWD.


*Any prices shown are Honda suggested retail prices only. MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $995.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices. Honda vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.


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