The new Honda Ridgeline pickup got a bold makeover for the 2021 model year, matching the exterior to its rugged capabilities. Of course, you have many options when searching for a new pickup truck, including the Toyota Tacoma. Both are are affordable mid-size pickup trucks that handle well off-road. But there are a few significant differences. Let’s compare the 2021 Honda Ridgeline to the 2021 Toyota Tacoma.
Honda vs. Toyota
The Tacoma payload maxes out at 1,155 lbs, and that’s on the highest 4WD Double Cab that costs about $5,000 more* than the base model. The standard Honda Ridgeline carries between 1,499 lbs and 1,580 lbs depending on trim and comes with AWD standard. Also standard on the Honda Ridgeline is the In-Bed Trunk® that locks and, as the name suggests, does not take up extra space in the pickup bed. The Tacoma has an optional lockable storage box, but it intrudes into the already narrow truck bed.
When it comes to off-road capability, both pickups offer traction management, but in the Tacoma, you have to upgrade to the TRD Off-Road or TRD Pro to get Multi-Terrain Select. The new Ridgeline includes Intelligent Traction Management on all models with Normal, Snow, Sand and Mud drive modes.
All the 2021 Honda Ridgeline models run on the 3.5-L V6 i-VTEC engine with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Toyota Tacoma offers a similar 3.5-L V6 engine with 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.
Comfort and Convenience
The roomy Honda Ridgeline offers 36.7” of rear legroom, compared to 32.6” in the Tacoma. The new Ridgeline has tri-zone automatic climate control compared to dual-zone in the Tacoma.
As far as safety goes, the new Honda Ridgeline comes with Honda Sensing® standard which features:
- Road Departure Mitigation System
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Traffic Sign Recognition
The Tacoma’s Toyota Safety Sense™ (TSS) P (not to be confused with TSS 2.5) only offers a pre-collision system, radar cruise control, Lane Departure Alert and automatic high beams.
Like almost every other truck on the market, the Toyota Tacoma is constructed on a classic body-on-frame build. The new Honda Ridgeline is the only pickup truck sold in America to be built with a unibody design, giving it a fully independent suspension for a smoother ride.
Efficiency and Price
While the base Tacoma SR starts slightly lower than the 2021 Ridgeline, costs quickly add up as you choose a larger bed or 4WD. Features like remote keyless entry, an 8-inch touchscreen, hill start assist, even Apple CarPlay® will cost you extra. The top-tier Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro starts at $44,175 versus the top-tier Honda Ridgeline Black Edition at $43,920. Of course, you can spend a lot more on packages and extras for either truck.
The base Honda Ridgeline Sport comes well-equipped with:
- Dual-action tailgate
- In-Bed Trunk®
- Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
- Intelligent Variable Torque Management® (i-VTM4®) AWD System
- Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®
- 60/40 Split rear seat with underseat storage
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Hill start assist
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline also offers tantalizing premium features in the RTL, RTL-E and Black Edition trims, including:
- Heated seats
- Truck-Bed audio system
- Truck-bed power outlet
- Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Honda Navigation System™
- Black Edition exclusive styling
For even more extreme styling, consider the Honda Ridgeline HPD (Honda Performance Development) package to add 18-inch bronze alloy wheels, HPD fender flares, HPD front grille, and unique HPD badging and stickers.
For a reliable, capable mid-size truck that can tow as well as it can cruise, you can’t beat the new 2021 Honda Ridgeline. As a Honda, you can trust it to be safe, last for the long haul, and generally maintain its resale value. You get a bit more cargo and legroom and more bang for your buck in the Honda when compared to the Toyota Tacoma.
Stop by Dublin Honda to learn more about all the new 2021 Honda Ridgeline has to offer. Dublin Honda in Dublin, California, has a diverse selection of new 2021 Hondas and a team of friendly Honda experts to help you find your ideal Honda at a dream price. Explore our new Honda inventory online or stop by Dublin Honda in Dublin, CA, today!
*When comparing the standard 2021 Toyota Tacoma SR Double Cab 2WD at $27,080 to the SR Double Cab with 4WD at $32,515.