|2017 Honda Ridgeline||2016 Toyota Tacoma|
|3.4L V6||Standard Engine||2.7L I4|
|6-speed Automatic||Standard Transmission||6-speed Automatic|
|Targeted Best-in-Class||Combined Fuel Efficiency||11.2 l/100km|
|48"||Flat Bed Space||<48"|
2017 Honda Ridgeline vs 2016 Toyota Tacoma
If you’re in the market for a midsize truck, chances are you’re already well aware that there is a next-generation Honda Ridgeline on its way to Edmonton sometime in the next several months. The first-generation Honda Ridgeline was one of the most innovative vehicles we’ve ever laid eyes on, and the new iteration is even more impressive than the first. Packed with first-time features and targeting tons of best-in-class specifications, the new truck promises to be a great choice, but we wanted to make an early comparison between the new truck and one of its oldest rivals, so we compared the 2017 Honda Ridgeline vs 2017 Toyota Tacoma.
Advantages of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline
Obviously, considering the 2017 Honda Ridgeline was just introduced a few weeks ago, there aren't many confirmed specifications as of yet. We thought we’d look at some of the details we do know, and show why we think the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will be the superior truck. For starters, the Ridgeline will come with a standard 3.5L V6 engine. While we don’t have exact horsepower or torque ratings, we can probably assume that the Ridgeline will have more power than the Tacoma, which offers a standard 2.7L 4-cylinder engine.
Both trucks will offer standard 6-speed automatic transmission systems, meaning they’ll both shift between gears as smoothly as one another. While Toyota is considered an industry leader in fuel efficiency, Honda will look to target the best-in-class efficiency ratings upon release of the Honda Ridgeline. Right now, that would mean the Ridgeline would have to achieve less than 11.2 l/100km, which we believe is completely doable.
Lastly, we know for certain that the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will offer the widest flat-bed space in any midsize truck in the segment, with 48 inches between wheel arches. We don’t know what the competition offers, but we know it’s less than that. We will be publishing plenty more information regarding the all-new truck as it becomes available, so be sure to stay tuned to Wheaton Honda.