What do you want from a midsize truck? That’s really the question when you compare the 2020 Honda Ridgeline vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma in Macomb, Illinois. The two pickups offer the serious hauling and towing capability that people want. Beyond that, there are some major differences that should help shoppers decide.
Ridgelines are all about giving you more space than a typical midsize truck. The beds measure four inches longer than the Tacoma’s 60-inch bed. Inside the cabin, there’s almost ten cubes of space more in the Ridgeline. That means the backseat offers generous legroom. Honda engineers improved entry by making the second-row doors open wider.
Since the Ridgeline offers more space for people, it can offer more space for cargo when the second-row seats are folded. To access the exclusive trunk, the Honda driver can swing the gate like a door. The weather-sealed trunk is built right into the bed floor. Your belongings stay dry despite the rain. For tailgating, you can pack it with ice and use it as a cooler. Built-in drains will whisk the melted ice away when you are through.
Power is another way that the Ridgeline woos pickup enthusiasts. The entry-level Tacoma is four-cylinder engine with only 159 horsepower. Obviously the Ridgeline’s 280-horsepower V6 will easily outpace that truck on the highway and handle serious hauling duties better.
If you step up to the 2020 Toyota Tacoma V6, the Ridgeline is still ahead by 20 horses. The Toyota V6 generates 260 horsepower vs the Ridgeline’s 280 horses. On the highway, this difference will be felt as the driver handles competitive acceleration. This is especially true if the truck is pulling a load. You can see that in the fact that the Honda claims class-best payload capability.
Many people assume that the Honda’s more powerful engine will mean poorer fuel economy. Actually the Ridgeline has class-leading V6 gas mileage. With its nine-speed automatic transmission, it manages 26 miles per gallon on the highway. Mated with a six-speed automatic, the Tacoma can only claim 22 miles per gallon highway. Ridgelines can also claim an extra mile per gallon in city driving.
Midsize truck shoppers and other pickup enthusiasts should head to Brad Deery Honda. Test-driving a Ridgeline is definitely a fun way to spend your time in Macomb, Illinois.
19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Use for comparison purposes only. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
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