For someone who works hard and plays hard, a compact pickup truck like the 2023 Toyota Tacoma or the 2023 Honda Ridgeline could be ideal. With these two models specifically, you'll get impressive towing and hauling capabilities along with plenty of high-tech features. However, one may be the better option for your lifestyle near Palatine, Arlington Heights, or Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
To help you decide, the team at Arlington Toyota has created this Toyota Tacoma vs. Honda Ridgeline comparison. Continue reading to learn about these trucks, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when discussing trucks? It’s usually towing. So, if you need to take large equipment to a jobsite or want to hitch a camper for your next getaway, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle can handle it.
The 2023 Toyota Tacoma and the 2023 Honda Ridgeline offer impressive towing capacities. It’s the Tacoma, however, that allows you to carry a bit more.
That’s because, when properly equipped, the truck can tow up to 6,800 pounds, while the Ridgeline falls short with its maximum 5,000-pound towing capacity.
What if you need to carry slightly smaller items to your destination, like plywood or bags of mulch? Again, you may want to choose the Toyota in this scenario.
It boasts a maximum payload capacity of at least 1,685 pounds. With the Ridgeline, that capacity is closer to 1,583 pounds.
The towing and payload capabilities are made possible from various factors, including each truck’s strong engine. When it comes to performance, both the Toyota Tacoma and the Honda Ridgeline have impressive specs, but which one comes out on top?
Take, for example, the Toyota Tacoma. This vehicle offers two engines with impressive power ratings:
The Ridgeline, in comparison, has its own impressive 3.5L V6 engine. However, that’s the only engine you’ll find within its entire trim level lineup.
When you think of trucks, efficiency probably isn’t the first word to come to mind. Even with all that muscle under the hood, though, the Tacoma is still a highly efficient truck. With the standard engine and rear-wheel drive, you’re looking at an EPA-estimated 20 city/23 highway MPG.* Spend the day at the lake followed by a night on the town before visiting a gas station to refuel!
Unfortunately, the Honda Ridgeline is not as efficient, only generating an EPA-estimated 18 city/24 highway MPG.
Whether driving to work or to meet up with friends, you’ll want to make sure you’re always protected and connected. Luckily, both the Tacoma and the Ridgeline offer driver-assisting technologies to help prevent accidents.
The safety features of these trucks are found in their Toyota Safety Sense™ P and Honda Sensing® suites, respectively.
With shared features like Lane Departure Alert and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, both models provide great peace of mind.
You can also stay connected and entertained thanks to the infotainment systems found in both trucks. Within each system, you can have access to the following features:
If you have passengers in the Tacoma, they can stay occupied with the Wi-Fi Connect. This standard feature allows five devices to connect to the internet. Check emails, keep up with the latest news, and more—all on the go. Wi-Fi isn’t available with the Ridgeline.
The 2023 Honda Ridgeline is a remarkable compact pickup truck. However, when it comes to towing, efficiency, and technology, the Tacoma is the superior truck.
If you’re ready to experience the Tacoma for yourself, you can schedule a test drive at Arlington Toyota. Take the 2023 Toyota Tacoma for a spin near Palatine, Arlington Heights, and Rolling Meadows, IL, today!
* 2022 projected EPA-estimated mpg rating estimates as determined by manufacturer. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle's condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.