2018 Toyota Tacoma vs 2018 Honda Ridgeline

2018 Toyota Tacoma vs 2018 Honda Ridgeline

When it comes to buying a truck, there are certain qualities that you should keep an eye out for. At the top of the list is power. Trucks are made to haul, and for that reason, you will want one that can pull some serious weight. You will also want to find one that is efficient, as trucks can be known to guzzle a great deal of fuel. On top of it all, you’ll want to find one that is reasonably priced.

Of all the trucks out there, two stand out when it comes to hitting the capabilities listed above. Those trucks are the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, and the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. Both are able to check the boxes, but to give you a better idea of which one checks all of the other boxes on your list, we thought that we would take a closer look at the pair of pickups. You’ll find that while both are definitely appealing, there is one that manages to provide just a few more advantageous qualities.

2018 Toyota Tacoma


2018 Honda Ridgeline

3.5-Liter V6 Engine 3.5-Liter V6
6,800 Pounds Towing Capacity 5,000 Pounds
20 MPG City Fuel Economy 19 MPG
$25,200 MSRP $29,730

Benefits of the Toyota Tacoma

As we said, power is key when it comes to pickup trucks. As you can see from the table above, the largest available engine in both the Tacoma and the Ridgeline is a 3.5-liter V6. The outputs do differ between the two, but with a mere two-horsepower difference, it is hard to notice an advantage. That is, until you look at what the engines are actually capable of doing. Take for example, the fact that the Tacoma is able to tow as much as 6,800 pounds, while the Ridgeline falls short at just 5,000 pounds.

Another area to consider is the fuel economy. The Tacoma has an edge over the Ridgeline in the city cycle, as it gets as much as 20 mpg in the city, where the rating of its competitor is just 19 mpg. It may not seem like much, but when you consider what even just a one-mile-per-hour difference can make over the course of time, it’s fairly significant. If you tend to put the most miles on your vehicle in the city, rather than the highway, there is no arguing that the Tacoma is the one for you. Even when hitting the highway, the 24 mpg rating is much higher than some of the heavy-hitting pickups on the market.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of the Tacoma is its price. It starts at just a little over $25,000, which makes it affordable for many Rochester budgets. The Ridgeline, despite having inferior towing power, comes in with a price tag that is closer to $30,000, which can add quite a bit to your monthly payment. For that reason—and many, many others—the Tacoma really is the top choice for you.

If you would like to learn more about the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, including how it stacks up against the 2018 Honda Ridgeline and some of its other pickup competitors, we encourage you to stop by and see us here at Rochester Toyota. We can get you behind the wheel of the Tacoma so that you can feel its power and check out its other many advantages for yourself. Check out our inventory or stop in today.