2012 Honda Ridgeline vs. Its Competition

The 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport. Image: American Honda Motor Co.
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Honda Ridgeline may be more refined than anything else this size with a pickup bed, but it's likely you'll find a better deal with a mid-size pickup.

The Nissan Frontier is a good alternative, as is its clone, the Suzuki Equator.

Both look rugged in look and can be configured with regular or extended cabs, and can be outfitted for full-time off-road duty.

The Toyota Tacoma is probably a better choice for frugal shoppers; resale values are good, and performance and fuel economy are decent with the standard four-cylinder engine.

This year the Tacoma gets a light reskin and a new infotainment system, too.

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Quick Specs
The 2012 Honda Ridgeline won't satisfy those who need a real full-size truck, but for those who need hauling on occasion, it offers an interesting alternative.
You may not need to go full-size--the 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup truck can cover a lot of the same ground a bigger pickup can.
The 2012 Suzuki Equator is a great choice for the weekend warrior, with useful and intelligent cargo solutions and solid off-road capability.
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma's affordable price, fuel-efficiency, and simplicity make it a good, capable alternative for those who don't need a full-size truck.
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