While the 2019 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Toyota Tacoma are both considered midsize pickups, they’re vastly different machines. The Honda is built on a unibody frame shared with its stablemate, the Pilot. As such, it’s more car-like – both in ride and handling characteristics – than the body-on-frame Toyota Tacoma. Each of the two trucks provide a unique set of attributes that appeal to a specific demographic. Keep reading to find out which one is right for you.
2019 Honda Ridgeline vs 2019 Toyota Tacoma
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline carries over virtually unchanged from the previous model year. As for the 2019 Toyota Tacoma, it sees only minor trim-specific tweaks here and there. Let’s take a look at how the two trucks stack up against one another.
For 2019, the Honda Ridgeline is available in one body style (crew-cab) and six trim levels: RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E and Black Edition. Meanwhile, the Toyota Tacoma is offered in either extended cab or crew-cab configurations, and six trim levels including SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited and TRD Pro.
Both trucks are handsome in different ways. The Tacoma, with its high ride-height and chiseled body lines, looks more rugged. On the other hand, the Ridgeline appears more modern and athletic. As was mentioned, underneath, the Honda rides on a unibody construction while the Toyota is based on a traditional frame.
Inside, the Ridgeline is definitely the more refined of the two pickups. The Honda’s cabin boasts SUV-level comfort, while the Tacoma is truck-like; base models lack even basic creature comforts such as power seats.
The Tacoma is offered with two engine choices: a 2.7L four-cylinder (159 hp, 180 lb.-ft) or a 3.5L V6 (278 hp, 265 lb.-ft.). A 6-speed automatic can be had with either engine option; a 6-speed manual is available with the V6. Rear-wheel drive comes standard and four-wheel drive is available.
A 3.5L V6 (280 hp, 262 lb.-ft.) is the sole engine option for the Ridgeline. Power flows through a 6-speed automatic transmission to either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powertrain.
The Tacoma is designed more for all-terrain adventure, while the Ridgeline is made primarily for the pavement and light off-road use. As such, the Toyota comes with available equipment like a locking rear differential and selectable terrain modes. The Honda, on the other hand, has a more refined suspension that provides superior on-road ride and handling.
Both trucks can be decked out with a long list of available features. The Tacoma offers highlights like the Entune touchscreen infotainment system, wireless device charging and a bed-mounted 110-volt outlet. As for the Ridgeline, key available features include a touchscreen infotainment system, a multi-angle rearview camera and a bed-mounted audio system (excellent for tailgating).
The Ridgeline and Tacoma are both offered with the latest driver assistance functions, such as automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. LaneWatch, which displays a camera view of what’s on the side of the vehicle, is available exclusively on the Honda.
Which should you choose?
If you’re looking for a truck for hard-core off-roading, the Toyota Tacoma may be more your speed. But if you want a truck that will be comfortable and useable on a daily basis, the Honda Ridgeline is the way to go. Visit Clear Lake Honda and check out our Honda inventory – including the Ridgeline – to find the vehicle of your dreams.