2020 Tacoma vs. Ridgeline Comparison

For those who tackle tough tasks, trucks are true workhorses that are depended upon every day. The Toyota Tacoma appeared in the North American truck market in 1995. In comparison, Honda introduced the Ridgeline 10 years later in 2005 for the 2006 model year. Even with an abundance of competitors, the Tacoma continues to both stand out and keep its starting price tag low.

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline base grade option starts at a much higher MSRP of $33,900. The base 2020 Tacoma SR 4X2 Access Cab starts at $26,050. In fact, three Tacoma 4X2 trims (SR, SR5, TRD Sport) and two 4X4 grades (SR, SR5) all come in at lower starting MSRPs than the base trim Ridgeline.

Another way these trucks differ is that the Tacoma has a more rugged body-on-frame construction whereas Ridgeline is a unibody construction usually reserved for cars and small SUVs. In this head to head we'll continue to compare these vehicles in categories of reliability, performance, and price.

Publish Date: 07/30/2020

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Reliability

Toyota comes with a long-lasting reputation for reliability across its vehicle models.

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Reliability

  • All Toyotas come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P).
  • All purchases and leases of new Toyota vehicles also come with ToyotaCare which includes factory scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance.
  • For auto high beams and blind spot monitoring, Honda drivers will need to upgrade to the more expensive Ridgeline RTL-E.
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Performance

If you're looking for a truck to get the job done, the Tacoma offers high performance features to power forward.

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Performance

  • The Tacoma SR 4X4 Double Cab with a V6 engine can tow up to 6,400 lbs. or 6,800 lbs. with a 4X2 Access Cab, while the Ridgeline can only tow 3,500 lbs. with 2WD or 5,000 lbs. with AWD.
  • The 2020 Tacoma TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and TRD Sport all offer a manual transmission. The Ridgeline does not.
  • For better driving in adverse conditions or hard terrain, the Tacoma offers Crawl Control (CRAWL) and an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD).
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Price

There's nothing worse than going to check out and having to spend more for the features you want. Toyota offers standard features at a lower starting price, meaning you get more for less.

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Price

  • The Tacoma’s starting MSRP is $26,050 compared to the Ridgeline’s base price of $33,900.
  • The base trim Tacoma comes standard with SiriusXM®, Android Auto™, Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay® compatibility.
  • Some Ridgeline drivers miss out on SiriusXM® entirely as it is not offered on the Sport and RTL trims.
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Conclusion: Tacoma vs. Ridgeline

When it comes to history, the 2020 Tacoma has a 10-year edge over the Ridgeline. Toyota, as a brand, has been building trucks for over 50 years. They know what truck owners want and need.

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Conclusion: Tacoma vs. Ridgeline

  • All Tacoma trims come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite of active safety features.
  • The Tacoma base trim price is considerably lower than the Ridgeline.
  • With more off-roading enhancements and a higher towing capacity, the 2020 Tacoma can get the job done.
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