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2017 Toyota Tacoma vs 2017 Honda Ridgeline

In the automotive industry, there are no greater rivals than Toyota and Honda for the average consumer. These two Japanese companies are well-known for their reliability and cutting edge technology, so it can be difficult to decide between them. For those looking at pickup trucks, a quick comparison of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma vs 2017 Honda Ridgeline shows that the Tacoma is much more versatile when it comes to configurations. It should be said, though, that the impression you get from each model will be a bit different.

Toyota has been building its Tacoma since the mid-90s, a full decade before the Honda Ridgeline. That’s 10 years of research and development that went into making the Toyota Tacoma a durable truck for every need. The Honda Ridgeline tends to appeal to those who want a one-size-fits all option, but its overall goal seems to lean toward everyday comfort rather than recreational use.

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2017 Toyota Tacoma vs 2017 Honda Ridgeline
$24,320 Starting MSRP $29,475
6,400 lbs. Max Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs.
2.7-liter 4-cylinder/3.5-liter V6 Engine Options 3.5-liter V6
278hp/265 lb-ft Performance Specs (V6) 280hp/262 lb-ft

Performance of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma

It should be noted, when comparing the 2017 Toyota Tacoma to the 2017 Honda Ridgeline that the Ridgeline doesn’t come in multiple configurations when it comes to the cabin, bed or engine options. You’ll note that the Tacoma has a lower starting price, but that’s because this small pickup has a standard 4-cylinder engine for those who are looking for something a little more efficient and less centered on hauling. The 3.5-liter V6, which is similar to what the Ridgeline has, is available on every trim level.

Both models are available in two- or four-wheel drive configurations and have six-speed automatic transmission options, but only the 2017 Toyota Tacoma offers a manual transmission. It also offers both Access and Double Cab options and five- or six-foot bed configurations. This allows shoppers to choose just the right option for their needs.

For many, what really matters is how much a vehicle can tow. This is where the 2017 Toyota Tacoma shines. Both models have a base towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, but Toyota can max out at 6,400 pounds when properly equipped, compared to Honda’s max capacity of 5,000 pounds.

Still not sure if the 2017 Toyota Tacoma is the right choice for you? Stop by Carver Toyota for a test drive and we think you’ll be whistling a different tune.

2017 Toyota Tacoma Grille
2017 Toyota Tacoma Steering Wheel Controls
2017 Toyota Tacoma Interior
2017 Toyota Tacoma Tailgate

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