Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Toyota Tacoma VS 2017 Honda Ridgeline Near New Bern, NC

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2017 Toyota Tacoma

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2017 Toyota Tacoma

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2017 Honda Ridgeline

Safety Comparison

The Tacoma has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Tacoma and the Ridgeline have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tacoma for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Ridgeline.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Tacoma’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Honda is ranked 10th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Tacoma V6 is faster than the Honda Ridgeline (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

89.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Tacoma has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ridgeline (21.1 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Tacoma stops much shorter than the Ridgeline:





70 to 0 MPH

185 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Tacoma’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ridgeline (265/65R17 vs. 245/60R18).

The Toyota Tacoma’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Honda Ridgeline only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Tacoma has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Ridgeline’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tacoma Access Cab’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Ridgeline (127.4 inches vs. 125.2 inches). The Tacoma Long Bed Double Cab’s wheelbase is 15.4 inches longer than on the Ridgeline (140.6 feet vs. 125.2 inches).

The Tacoma’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Ridgeline’s (57.6% to 42.4%). This gives the Tacoma more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Tacoma has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Ridgeline (9.4 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Tacoma to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Toyota Tacoma may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 250 pounds less than the Honda Ridgeline.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Tacoma Short Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Ridgeline Black Edition 4x4 (75 vs. 77 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Tacoma Double Cab short bed has a larger cargo box than the Ridgeline (34.8 vs. 33.9 cubic feet). The Tacoma Double Cab long bed has a larger cargo box than the Ridgeline (42.6 vs. 33.9 cubic feet).

The Toyota Tacoma has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. The Honda Ridgeline doesn’t offer a tailgate assist.

The Tacoma has bed indentations that accommodate 2x4’s for two-tiered loading to help accommodate diverse loads; the Ridgeline doesn’t offer two-tiered loading.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Smart Key System standard on the Tacoma TRD/Limited Auto allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Honda Ridgeline’s available Pushbutton Start doesn’t unlock the doors.

The Tacoma’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Ridgeline’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Tacoma owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tacoma will cost $630 less than the Ridgeline over a five-year period.

The Tacoma will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tacoma will retain 66.55% to 78.4% of its original price after five years, while the Ridgeline only retains 58.42% to 61.67%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Tacoma will be $6402 to $11017 less than for the Honda Ridgeline.

Recommendations Comparison

The TRD Off-Road was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2016 4x4 of the Year. The Ridgeline has never been chosen.

The Toyota Tacoma outsold the Honda Ridgeline by almost 15 to one during the 2016 model year.

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