Two Iconic Trucks Go Head to Head—Which One Wins?

April 7th, 2021 by

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Two Iconic Trucks Go Head to Head—Which One Wins?


Which Truck Comes Out On Top?

There are tons of different pickup trucks on the road today, but two stand out from the pack: the 2021 Honda Ridgeline and the 2021 Toyota Tacoma. Both trucks offer powerful towing capacity, are comfortable, packed with features, and can handle payload (and off-road) with ease, but when they go head-to-head, which one comes out on top?

In a battle between the 2021 Honda Ridgeline vs. Tacoma, we think you’ll find both trucks are deserving of their status among other midsize pickup trucks. However, there’s one clear winner, as you’ll soon find out. After you’ve read about the features of both trucks, we invite you to experience the all-new Ridgeline for yourself. Visit us at Honda of Gainesville today to take your favorite for a test drive with one of our wonderful sales professionals.

Meet the Ridgeline

If you’re looking for a truck that can do it all, look no further than the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. Don’t be fooled by its stylish good looks and shiny alloy wheels—this is a serious pickup truck and one you’ll want for both work and play. It’s powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injection, i-VTEC V-6 engine, has a smooth-shifting automatic transmission, and a multi-link rear suspension for fantastic handling. All-Wheel Drive also comes standard across all trim levels.

Inside the Ridgeline, you’ll find an ergonomically designed, spacious interior with a double cab, comfortable rear seats, and room for up to five passengers, making this truck a smart choice for drivers in the Gainesville area and beyond.

Where the Ridgeline really shines, however, is its standard features that the Tacoma doesn’t offer. The Lay-Flat Truck Bed passed Car and Driver’s Plywood Hauling Test with flying colors, thanks to the Ridgeline’s smartly designed bed that maximizes space. It also handles more payload (1,596 pounds of it, to be precise) than the Tacoma. The Ridgeline’s Dual-Action Tailgate can be lowered or opened like a door, another standard feature the Tacoma doesn’t offer.

Perhaps one of the coolest standard features of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is the Lockable In-Bed Trunk, which offers 7.3 cubic feet of storage for everything from tools to groceries. Lock it down and your stuff is protected and shielded from view. The Lockable In-Bed Trunk also features a drain for easy cleaning.

Get to Know the Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is no slouch, either. When Car and Driver tested the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road, it put up some impressive numbers in the payload hauling department (1,100 pounds) and the quarter-mile race (7.4 seconds from 0-60 MPH). The Tacoma also had an average speed of 31 MPH in the slalom course. It offers great standard features like a backup camera for additional safety and more.

There’s a Ridgeline for all Drivers

While the Toyota Tacoma is no doubt a great truck in its own right, in the head-to-head battle between the Honda Ridgeline vs. Tacoma, the Ridgeline comes out on top. So, which Ridgeline ticks all the boxes for your driving needs? Let’s examine the four trim levels offered and a few highlights of each.

The Honda Ridgeline Sport trim has eye-catching 18-inch gray-painted alloy rims that accentuate its strong yet sleek exterior. Inside, however, is where the truck truly shines. In this base model, you’ll enjoy features such as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, and more.

The Honda Ridgeline RTL includes all the features of the Sport trim and adds 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels, a supple leather-trimmed interior, a one-touch power moonroof, an acoustic windshield, a power-sliding rear window, heated front seats, a four-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat, and a Blind-Spot Information System. Features such as Heated Side Mirrors and a Heavy-Duty Transmission Cooler are also available.

If the RTL wasn’t packed with enough features, you’ll love the Honda Ridgeline RTL-E, which includes all the features of the Sport and RTL and adds a Wireless Phone Charger, Truck-Bed Audio System, a 540-watt Premium Audio System, and a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. You’ll also enjoy a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, two-position driver’s seat memory, USB ports in the second row, and a ton of additional safety features like the Cross Traffic Monitor, Auto High-Beam Headlights, Body-Colored Parking Sensors, and more.

Finally, the top-of-the-line Black Edition includes all the incredible features of the Ridgeline RTL-E and adds a special Black Edition Exterior Trim, Black Edition Leather Interior with red ambient lighting, and sleek 18-inch Black Alloy Wheels.

2021 Ridgeline for Sale in Gainesville, FL

When it comes to choosing a midsize pickup truck with problem-solving standard features (and a few other great ones, too—even on the base Sport trim), ample interior space, stylish good looks, and well-documented, powerful performance, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline should be at the top of your list.

If you’re looking for your next Honda Ridgeline, Honda of Gainesville has you covered. We invite you to visit our showroom and browse our huge lot filled with an extensive inventory of new and Certified Pre-Owned Honda vehicles, as well as used vehicles of a variety of makes. Our friendly and professional staff can help you find and finance your perfect vehicle with ease. We look forward to seeing you soon!