2020 Toyota Tacoma vs 2020 Honda Ridgeline

On the hunt for the right truck? Don’t make assumptions about what truck is perfect for your needs. Let’s look at the facts with our 2020 Toyota Tacoma vs 2020 Honda Ridgeline comparison. It should come as no surprise, but the Tacoma is the clear winner here. In fact, the Ridgeline is barely a truck at all. See exactly what we mean as we explore all the details.

Of course, if you already know that you want a Tacoma, then you should check out what Baierl Toyota has to offer. Our dealership is located right near Cranberry Township and Pittsburgh, PA, and you can see our entire new Tacoma inventory right now by clicking the link below. Or you can keep reading to see how this comparison shakes out.

2020 Toyota Tacoma


2020 Honda Ridgeline

$26,050 Base MSRP $33,900

Drivetrain Options


6,800 Pounds

Max Towing

5,000 Pounds

Body on Frame



Which truck is the better truck: Ridgeline or Tacoma?

Affordable trucks are getting increasingly hard to find, but the Tacoma comes in at a nice price. A price so low that it is nearly $8,000 less. That’s quite a high premium for a truck that’s barely a truck, but we will get into that more in a minute.

A real truck comes in two varieties. Four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are the truck standards. But the Ridgeline is designed utterly backward with the primary drive wheels up front. That’s because the Ridgeline is less a truck and more of a crossover with a bed. Quite literally in fact. The Ridgeline is based on the Pilot.

When it comes to towing, you want something that can handle a real payload. That’s where the Tacoma truly shines. It has a max towing capacity that is 1,800 pounds higher than the Ridgeline. That’s enough for one or two more ATVs in tow depending on what model you have.

A real truck will always be made with a true body on frame construction. That’s how the Tundra is, that’s how all the major American truck manufacturers do their big trucks, and that’s how Toyota does their Tacoma too. A full frame ensures a more rigid construction for higher durability, better capability, and more reliability. A unibody design is the same design used in compact cars, but when applied to a truck, like the Ridgeline, such a design is far from ideal. The Tacoma has the smart design here and everywhere else.

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