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2021 Honda Ridgeline vs. 2021 Toyota Tacoma

Pickup trucks were first developed to be work vehicles, designed to help accomplish a wide variety of things. Since the Honda Ridgeline returned to the automaker’s roster several years ago, engineers found a way to balance daily driving needs with more than enough capability to work. A comparison of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline vs. 2021 Toyota Tacoma will show the two different ways the two automakers have chosen to approach their competing platforms. For the new model year, the 2021 Ridgeline picks up a new and more rugged-looking exterior as well as upgraded capabilities now that the automaker’s all-wheel-drive system is standard equipment on all four trim grades, Sport, RTL, RTL-E and Black Edition. Customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2021 Ridgeline today by calling, 601-693-4651.

One of the ways the 2021 Ridgeline stands apart from its Toyota rival is how it is built. Honda uses a unibody construction method that will help it be more comfortable to drive on a daily basis, especially when compared to the Tacoma platform. Towing is always going to be a concern for truck-buyers, especially for those shopping in the midsize truck segment. Now that all versions of the 2021 Ridgeline are equipped with all-wheel-drive, it will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds. The base model of the 2021 Tacoma will only be able to pull loads weighing up to 3,500 pounds. There are some versions of the 2021 Tacoma that can tow more than the Honda Ridgeline, but that additional capability will come at the cost of fuel economy*.


2021 Ridgeline Sport, AWD Vs. 2021 Toyota Tacoma
3.5-L, V-6 Base Engine 2.7-L, 4-Cyl.
280/262 Horsepower/Torque 159/180
Nine-speed auto. Transmission Six-speed auto.
5,000 lbs. Base Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs.


Performance Specs

All 2021 Honda Ridgeline models coming to the Meridian Honda will use the same powertrain. A naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine will be employed and it will be attached to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Drivers will be able to use 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Since each 2021 Ridgeline uses the same drivetrain as well, all versions will be able to record 18 miles per gallon* in the city and 24 miles per gallon* on the highway. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma still employs a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine, with an output of 159 horsepower. Tacoma owners can also have some models with a 3.5-liter, V-6 of its own that will make 278 horsepower.

*Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. 18 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

A photo of the front seats in the 2021 Honda Ridgeline.
A photo of the dashboard in the 2021 Honda Rideline.

A photo of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline with dirtbikes in the back.
A photo of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline going through the mud.