|2017 Honda Ridgeline||2016 Toyota Tacoma|
|3.5L V6||Standard Engine||2.7L 4-cylinder|
|6-speed automatic||Standard Transmission||6-speed automatic|
|48 in.||Flat Bed Space||41.5 in.|
|~1,600 lbs.||Max Payload||1,500 lbs.|
2017 Honda Ridgeline vs 2016 Toyota Tacoma
While we obviously love both brands, Honda and Toyota have for a long time been rivals on the market. Not because the manufacturers hate each other or anything as petty as that, but just because they both make some of the best vehicles on the market. The small-truck segment is no different, as the Ridgeline and Tacoma have long butted heads, leaving customers broken between the two.
We wanted to look at this awesome match up early to see which vehicle appeared to have the early advantage, and our research on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline vs 2016 Toyota Tacoma currently has the all-new Honda in the lead.
Advantages of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline
Normally with these in-group comparisons where we pit two of our vehicles against one another, we look at the differences between the two cars or trucks rather than looking at the advantages of one individual automobile. We thought this was a different case, especially with so few confirmed specs and features about the Ridgeline yet, so instead we’re going to take a look at the early advantages the Honda Ridgeline appears to have.
Most of all is the larger, harder-working engine found under the hood. The Tacoma’s standard engine is a 2.7L 4-cylinder, meaning you’d have to pay extra to upgrade to V6 power, while the Ridgeline offers a standard 3.5L V6. Both trucks will have 6-speed automatic transmissions, so no advantage in that department.
However, in terms of cargo, the Ridgeline has a couple of big advantages. One has to do with max payload, which we don’t know an exact number for yet. But considering Honda has promised it will approach 1,600 lbs. we can assume it will be more than the Toyota truck’s 1,500 lbs. Finally, the Ridgeline definitely offers more flat bed space, by 6½” to be exact.
Be sure to keep an eye on WheatonHonda.com for more information on this outstanding upcoming truck, or to Wheaton ToyotaOnTheTrail.ca if you’re more interested in the Tacoma.