The Honda Ridgeline is more refined and sophisticated than anything else this size with a pickup bed.
The Nissan Frontier and nearly identical Suzuki Equator are good alternatives; they're both especially rugged in look and feel and come in a variety of trims, including focused off-road models.
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 four-cylinder engine.
|2011 Honda RidgelineBrowse Used Listings||2011 Dodge DakotaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2011 Suzuki EquatorBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||N/A||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4WD Standard Pickup Truck||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|4WD Crew Cab RT||N/A||2WD King Cab I4 Manual S||2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual||2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)|
|Four Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Crew Cab||N/A||King Cab||Pickup||Regular Cab|
|Automatic w/OD||N/A||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD|