The 2010 Honda Ridgeline is more refined and sophisticated than anything else this size with a pickup bed.
And its body style is very different than anything else, which makes it tough to pick out direct rivals as they range through compact and mid-size trucks, most of which have more traditional layouts with burly frames and unforgiving leaf-spring rear suspensions.
To its credit, the 2010 Ridgeline comes with all that's necessary to tow or haul its heaviest rated loads, and for any rivals that'll mean extra boxes to check.
Even though the design is dated, it's still quite attractive.
Another possibility is the Dodge Dakota, but the Dakota doesn't ride or handle well.
The Toyota Tacoma is probably the best choice for frugal shoppers, thanks to its strong resale value, as well as decent performance and fuel economy with the standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine.
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|2010 Honda RidgelineBrowse Used Listings||2009 Suzuki EquatorBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge DakotaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford Explorer Sport TracBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4|
|4WD Standard Pickup Truck||2WD Small Pickup Truck||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|4WD Crew Cab RT||2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual||2WD Ext Cab ST||RWD 4-Door V6 XLT||2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE||2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)|
|Four Wheel Drive||Rear wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Crew Cab||Small Pickup||Extended Cab 6'7" Bed||4 Door||King Cab||Regular Cab|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Manual||Manual w/OD|