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2020 Honda Ridgeline vs. 2020 Nissan Frontier

Pickup trucks are among the most popular vehicle platforms in the United States. It is pretty easy to see why this is the case. Pickup trucks are built to very capable flexible vehicles and the class is packed with a lot of strong options. In fact, there is a truck platform for just about every buyer out there. Honda has developed its Ridgeline pickup for those that need the capability of a light-duty, midsize pickup truck and a comfortable daily driver. A comparison of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline vs. 2020 Nissan Frontier will help potential buyers understand the key difference between the two pickup trucks, which comes down to how the two vehicles are built. Meridian Honda customers can choose among four 2020 Ridgeline trim grades, Sport, RTL, RTL-E and Black Edition. Schedule a test drive today by calling 601-693-4651.

The main difference between the 2020 Honda Ridgeline and 2020 Nissan Frontier is the two vehicles’ method of construction. Honda uses a unibody construction, like a crossover SUV and the Frontier is built with its body on the frame. This choice makes the 2020 Ridgeline offer a more compliant handling profile on the road, where people are most likely to spend most of their time. In fact, independent reviews have taken issue with 2020 Frontier and its rough-handling profile on the pavement, which is where most drivers are going to spend most of their time. Additionally, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline is arguably more technologically advanced than its Nissan rival. Every available 2020 Ridgeline will have access to both the Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ suites of applications. The 2020 Frontier does not have this capability on any of its models.


2020 Ridgeline Sport, 2WD Vs. 2020 Nissan Frontier
3.5-L, V-6 Base Engine 3.8-L, V-6
280/262 Horsepower/Torque 310/281
3,500 lbs. Towing Capacity 6,620 lbs.
19/26* Fuel Economy 18/24


Performance Specs

Every 2020 Honda Ridgeline uses the same powertrain. Meridian Honda customers will find a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that will be attached to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It will make 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Versions of the 2020 Ridgeline with two-wheel-drive will produce 19 miles per gallon* in the city and 26 miles per gallon* on the highway. Buyers choosing a 2020 Ridgeline with all-wheel-drive can expect the truck to achieve 19 mpg* in the city and 24 mpg* on the highway. The 2020 Nissan Frontier uses a V-6 engine of its own and it will make a bit more power. However, that extra horsepower will come at the cost of fuel economy, with comparable Nissan Frontier versions achieving lower fuel-economy scores.

*19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

A front left quarter photo of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline pulling a trailer.
A photo of the 2020 Ridgeline being filled with field rocks.

A photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2020 Honda Ridgeline.
An interior photo of the seats in the 2020 Ridgeline.