Poll: Honda Ridgeline or Toyota Tacoma?

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Poll: Honda Ridgeline or Toyota Tacoma?

About the only vehicle segment Japanese automakers have failed to dominate is the pickup market, though not for lack of trying. Over the years they’ve offered plenty of solid pickups, it’s just that they haven’t sold in great numbers.

Two of the freshest models are ready to attract new customers. The Honda Ridgeline is brand new for 2017 and Toyota’s popular Tacoma was refreshed not long ago. Which of these trucks would YOU rather own? Please, vote in our latest poll so we can find out!

Starting with the freshly foaled Honda, it features a 3.6-liter gasoline V6 under it’s hood. This engine is good for a solid stable of 280 horses along with 262 lb-ft of twist. Direct fuel injection and an 11.5-to-1 compression ratio help provide these impressive figures; cylinder deactivation and active noise cancellation keep it efficient and quiet.

The Ridgeline’s only transmission is a six-speed automatic. It routes torque to either the front or all-four wheels if you shell out extra scratch for this traction-enhancing option.

Unlike Honda’s pickup offering, the Toyota Tacoma rides on a traditional frame; the Ridgeline features unibody construction like cars, minivans and other light-duty vehicles.

In any event, the Tacoma is powered by one of two engines. There’s a base four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6. The up-sized propulsion unit puts out 278 horsepower with 265 lb-ft of twist. It can be matched to either a six-speed automatic transmission or a manual with the same number of ratios (YAY!).

As you’d expect in a traditional pickup, both two- and four-wheel drive is offered by Toyota.

Which of these trucks do you prefer? Well, if you still need more information to help make an informed decision you can compare them back to back right here, and please, don’t forget to vote in our latest poll!

  • BahamaTodd

    If you need to do serious offroading or the extra 1500 lbs towing get the Tacoma. Anything else, Ridgeline.

  • JupiterDog

    Neither, Frontier is a better truck, the next one (Navara) even better. Tacoma is garbage, make sure to rust protect that frame.

  • smartacus

    I’m going to punt and say 10 year old 2006 FORD Ranger.

  • The Goat

    Well I bought the 2016 Tacoma. No major issues. Vehicle prices sure have sky rocketed in the past few years. Crazy stuff.

  • Edward Hazzard

    My issue with the new Ridgeline is that it’s a glorified car with a truck bed. If I want a truck, it needs to be a truck not some convoluted hybrid somewhere between a car and a truck.

  • Pesobill

    I have last gen Toyolet Tacoma. Great truck, junk interior and problems with suspension parts. Garbage Toyota customer service people and lousy MPG.. I will trade it in for the Ridgeline.. Honda made a better design for many of us.. New Tacoma looks sad and overpriced..

  • Pesobill

    Yes, and the leaf springs made out of beer cans.. Huge fail!

  • AND YOU ARE A BULLSHIT!

  • BUT EVERYTHING ELSE, CHEVROLET VOLT!!!!!!!!

  • Skeletonman

    Ease up, Slick.

  • SPVaughan

    There is no way I would EVER buy that Honda Ridgeline thing!! It is based off one of their car frames; and as far as I am concerned it is a glorified car with a truck bed. It will NEVER be a real truck.

    I will take a Tacoma over THAT abomination any day!!

  • Edward Hazzard

    And you are a TROLL!

  • thedad

    What do you do with your truck is what makes the choice for you. Hauling antiques and groceries you get the Honda, otherwise you get the toyota with a frame unless you like fatique cracks.
    That said if you actually need a truck…you pass on both

  • Shiratori1

    Trolling.

  • Shiratori1

    “About the only vehicle segment Japanese automakers have
    failed to dominate is the pickup market, though not for lack of trying.
    Over the years they’ve offered plenty of solid pickups, it’s just that
    they haven’t sold in great numbers.”

    If you are talking about full-size trucks, this statement is correct. However, when it comes to compact/mid-size trucks, the Japanese have been dominant for decades.

  • Shiratori1

    POS

  • hearsetrax

    rather go to a decent bone yard and get/build a “REAL TRUCK” from the 50s

  • Diesel Driver

    The honda is a pretend pickup. How can they even think of considering it a pickup when it doesn’t even have an available manual transmission. The toyota probably doesn’t get much if any better fuel mileage than my 3500 dodge cummins HO with the 6 speed trans, and I seriously doubt if it would pull my 30 foot toyhauler with a car in it which my 15 year old dodge does with aplomb. Of course I throw that out at Ford and Chevy too. Neither one offers a manual transmission and so I wouldn’t have either as a precious gift. If someone did give me one I’d sell it and buy a dodge with a manual. Even a nice twin clutch would be better than an automatic. My only complaint with the dodge is not enough gears. Need at least 8 and better yet 10 to get full, efficient use of the diesel engine. And the More Gears The More Fun.

  • Diesel Driver

    What makes you say that?

  • Diesel Driver

    I agree 100%. I’m kind of narrow minded when it comes to pickups. Buy a dodge if you want to pull something. Buy the ford if you want to have a hotel suite on wheels. Buy a chevy if you want to race your truck. If you’re going to do that, buy a Dodge to pull your chevy race truck to the track and home again. LOL

  • Diesel Driver

    Think of it as a Honda El Camino.

  • Diesel Driver

    Rude and crude.

  • Diesel Driver

    I have a very nice 98 Ranger I’d be happy to sell you.

  • Diesel Driver

    Neither one will pull my trailer. With my dodge I just drive my VW Jetta into the trailer and off to our camping spot we go. Then drive the VW around locally. Oh and it’s a diesel too with a manual trans for maximum mileage. Oh and it’s not one of the scandal ones. Whahahahaha!!!

  • Diesel Driver

    BZZZZZZZZZAAAAP! What do you do with it when the batteries won’t take a charge any longer? Every time you run a lithium Ion battery down it comes back with less capacity.

  • BahamaTodd

    Same thing you do when the engine or transmission dies in a car. Rebuild or replace with a new one.

  • smartacus

    hey i had a brand new 98 Ranger back in 98-2000!
    Then i traded it in on a brand new 2000 Ranger.
    awesome trucks! They are so useful like all get out.
    i’ve driven them into NJ, into NYC, down to FL, etc.

    in fact; i found a ’96 Ranger last year.
    i’m even using it right now this moment for moving.
    Transported the Volusia Cruiser, transported the ride-on lawnmower
    incredible how useful they are.

  • Tom

    Those who are saying this is a car with a bed are all idiots. As far as I’m concerned, if it’s got a bed and is taller than an Accord, it’s a pickup truck. It does not matter if it’s got independent suspension instead of solid rear axle. Military trucks actually use independent suspension. Do you not call them real trucks? Yea, that’s what I thought. Get yourselves educated before judging the truck. Otherwise, leave your “I have no balls so I’m going to compensate with a ‘real-truck’ comments” at the door. What a bunch of idiots!

  • wcjeep

    The old Honda Ridgeline failed to catch on and was discontinued . Buying the first of anything is not always a good idea. The new model /design has not been tested in the wild. The Toyota is the market leader with exceptional resale value. If the Ridgeline can prove itself, sure, why not. The Honda probably has the necessary cability for most users. The Toyota Tacoma is a known exceptional value.

  • Heck, they almost invented the segment. Even well-known examples like the Chevy LUV and Ford Courier were an Isuzu and a Mazda respectively.

  • HondasAcuras

    Dodge doesn’t sell Trucks any more.

  • HondasAcuras

    Your Dodge is a pretend truck. I tow 50 rail cars and your Dodge would wuss out.

  • Gordon McElroy

    I voted for the Toyota Tacoma because it has a longer bed which is more along the lines of my definition of a pickup truck. I could fit my lawn tractor in a Tacoma, it’s too long for the Ridgeline. For a pickup, I also think that body on frame is the preferred method of construction. I have not driven or ridden in a Tacoma but have ridden in a First generation Ridgeline and was very impressed. I am owner of a 2007 Tundra with 217K on the odometer, so you might think I am biased. I also think about my son in Montana (who owns multiple pickups!), and I know which one he would choose if getting a smaller pickup.

  • MIKE BATTLER

    What B.S Colorado or Canyon all day long. You jerks can drive your pretend trucks of a cliff.

  • Danny

    And you can keep driving yours to the shop. Too many recalls piece of junk! So much for Government Motors

  • MIKE BATTLER

    f off you communist

  • Danny

    your hot head is just as bad as your canyorado

  • MIKE BATTLER

    Its hard dealing with dummies.

  • Danny

    true. i’m speaking to one.

  • MIKE BATTLER

    That’s what happens when you hide in the closet and talk to yourself.

  • Danny

    i can see you have a lot of experience. you should talk to someone about that. oh wait, you probably can’t afford help after getting your junk canyorado. by now its worth squat.

  • MIKE BATTLER

    back in the closet. come out when you’re old enough to drive. HA HA HA

  • Danny

    i am. i can prove it because i make better choices in what I drive. what can you prove?

  • MIKE BATTLER

    the medals I wear shithead

  • Danny

    your participation medals? you must be born in the stupid ages with all of todays stupid kids. what else can you come up with? you’re weak shit and i own you.

  • AND YOU ARE A BULLSHIT BECAUSE I WILL BUY THE RIDGELINE OVER YOUR BULLSHIT ABOMINATION TACOMA FOREVER!

  • Bug S Bunny

    Yes they do – but they just stick that silly “RAM” emblem on the tailgate.

  • Bug S Bunny

    And if you’re calling people names, at least be grammatically correct when doing it.

  • But I will buy the all new 2017 Ridgeline!

  • and you are a bullshit!