2014 Honda Ridgeline vs. Its Competition

2014 Honda Ridgeline
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 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.

The Nissan Frontier is a better alternative.

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

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is a niche alternative for those who don't need a pickup bed all the time, but it doesn't satisfy drivers that need a real full-size truck.
7.4
The 2014 Nissan Frontier is your best bet when looking to downsize from a full-size pickup, balancing maneuverability and size with utility and comfort.
6.2
If you don't truly need a full-size truck, the Toyota Tacoma's price and simplicity could make it a viable alternative--but it can get expensive, and its ride and gas mileage will have you reconsidering your motives.
6.4
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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MSRP From    
$29,575$17,990$17,625$17,125N/A
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Gas I4N/A
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
4WD Crew Cab RT2WD King Cab I4 Manual S2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)N/A
Drivetrain    
Four Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity    
5433N/A
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Crew CabKing CabRegular CabRegular CabN/A
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODManualManualN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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