Find a Car

2009 Honda Ridgeline vs. Its Competition

What’s this?
What’s this?
Our expert editors build comparisons like this one to make it easy for you to understand the small handful of cars you should compare to whatever car you are already looking at. You get general thoughts on each car you should consider plus an easy way to compare basic information for yourself.
2009 Honda Ridgeline
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

Browse Used Listings

The 2009 Honda Ridgeline competes with a wide range of compact and mid-size trucks, most of which have more traditional layouts with burly frames and unforgiving leaf-spring rear suspensions.

The Explorer Sport Trac is the closest in concept to the Ridgeline; it has a shorter bed, but there's an optional V-8 that outdoes the Ridgeline, at least for low-speed hauling.

Even though the design is dated, it's still quite attractive.

The Nissan Frontier is another possibility; it's especially rugged in look and feel and comes in a variety of trims, including an off-road-focused model.

Those considering the Frontier should also take a look at the Equator, which is mechanically identical to the Frontier but with styling that many would judge more attractive.

The Equator also has a better warranty.

The Toyota Tacoma is another possibility; it's the choice for the frugal, thanks to its strong resale value and decent performance with the economical standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine.

Another possibility is the Dodge Dakota, but the mid-size Dakota handles and maneuvers like a larger truck.

Although the 2009 Ridgeline is priced higher than many of these models, all the heavy-duty towing components come standard; otherwise you'll have option boxes to check.

2009 Honda Ridgeline2009 Honda Ridgeline2009 Suzuki Equator2009 Suzuki Equator2008 Dodge Dakota 2WD Ext Cab ST Open Doors2008 Dodge Dakota2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac2008 Nissan Frontier XE2008 Nissan Frontier2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner2008 Toyota Tacoma
Quick Specs
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2009 Honda Ridgeline doesn't drive like any other pickup model, and for most people who commute daily and haul sometimes, that's a good thing.
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2009 Suzuki Equator is capable, versatile, and rugged for towing and off-roading, but it's not the best choice for day-to-day on-road use.
/ 10
TCC Rating
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.
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac offers good versatility in an unremarkable package.
/ 10
TCC Rating
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.
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
MSRP From     
$28,200Browse Used Listings$17,220Browse Used Listings$20,470Browse Used Listings$25,400Browse Used Listings$16,530Browse Used Listings$14,280Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas 4-cylGas I4
EPA Class     
4WD Standard Pickup Truck2WD Small Pickup TruckN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name     
4WD Crew Cab RT2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual2WD Ext Cab STRWD 4-Door V6 XLT2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)
Four Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Crew CabSmall PickupExtended Cab 6'7" Bed4 DoorKing CabRegular Cab
Automatic w/ODManualManual w/ODAutomaticManualManual w/OD
© 2016 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by Internet Brands Automotive Group. Stock photography by izmostock. Read our Cookie Policy.