2008 Honda Ridgeline vs. Its Competition

2008 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RT Open Doors
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

If you're looking for four doors and a bed, a few vehicles come to mind as logical alternatives to a 2008 Honda Ridgeline.

The Ford Explorer Sport Trac's bed is shorter, but a flip-out bed extender gives it almost the same bed capacity--plus, there's a V-8 option.

The Dodge Dakota and Nissan Frontier are both mid-size trucks with four-door cab options.

The Dakota also comes with a V-8 engine option.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2008 Honda Ridgeline is a flexible light-duty truck with a plush feel, but it can't tackle all the tasks a full-size truck does well.
7.4
Especially with the improved V-8, the 2008 Dodge Dakota can do most of what a full-size truck can while consuming fewer resources in the process.
7.2
The 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac offers good versatility in an unremarkable package.
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For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
MSRP From   
$28,000$20,470$25,400$16,530
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas 4-cyl
EPA Class   
4WD Pickup TrucksN/AN/AN/A
Style Name   
4WD Crew Cab RT2WD Ext Cab STRWD 4-Door V6 XLT2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE
Drivetrain   
Four Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5254
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Crew CabExtended Cab 6'7" Bed4 DoorKing Cab
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticManual