Compare 2012 Honda Ridgeline vs 2012 Nissan Frontier vs 2012 Toyota Tacoma

2012 Honda Ridgeline
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2012 Nissan Frontier
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2012 Toyota Tacoma
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Select style
4WD Crew Cab RT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD Crew Cab RT 15 21 $26,845 $29,350
4WD Crew Cab Sport 15 21 $27,524 $30,095
4WD Crew Cab RTS 15 21 $29,312 $32,055
4WD Crew Cab RTL 15 21 $31,934 $34,930
4WD Crew Cab w/Navi RTL 15 21 $34,078 $37,280
Select style
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $18,264 $19,260
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 22 $19,258 $20,310
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $21,376 $22,550
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $21,934 $23,140
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $22,086 $23,300
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $22,369 $23,600
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $22,927 $24,190
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $23,079 $24,350
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $23,116 $24,390
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,109 $25,440
4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $24,218 $25,840
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,506 $25,860
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $24,367 $26,000
4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $25,200 $26,890
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $25,349 $27,050
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $25,387 $27,090
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,369 $28,140
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,761 $28,560
4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,898 $29,030
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,912 $29,790
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $27,720 $29,920
4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,008 $30,230
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 20 $28,380 $30,290
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,691 $30,970
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,051 $32,440
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,560 $32,990
Select style
2WD Reg Cab I4 MT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab I4 MT 21 25 $16,215 $17,125
2WD Reg Cab I4 AT 19 24 $17,067 $18,025
2WD Access Cab I4 MT 21 25 $18,670 $19,915
2WD Access Cab I4 AT 19 24 $19,513 $20,815
4WD Reg Cab I4 MT 18 20 $19,860 $20,975
2WD Access Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $20,228 $21,575
4WD Reg Cab I4 AT 18 21 $20,929 $22,105
2WD Double Cab I4 AT 19 24 $20,775 $22,425
2WD Access Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,571 $23,010
2WD Double Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $21,378 $23,075
4WD Access Cab I4 MT 18 20 $22,266 $23,750
2WD Double Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $22,706 $24,510
4WD Access Cab I4 AT 18 21 $23,110 $24,650
2WD Double Cab LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $23,169 $25,010
4WD Access Cab V6 MT 15 19 $23,723 $25,305
4WD Access Cab V6 AT 16 21 $24,549 $26,185
2WD Access Cab V6 MT X-Runner 16 21 $24,966 $26,630
4WD Double Cab V6 MT 15 19 $24,739 $26,705
4WD Double Cab V6 AT 16 21 $25,555 $27,585
4WD Double Cab LB V6 AT 16 21 $26,019 $28,085
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,845
$18,264
$16,215
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,350
$19,260
$17,125
Monthly Payment Estimate
$489 / month
$321 / month
$285 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.6
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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 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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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 19 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 23 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Standard Pickup Truck - -
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 39.7 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
57.2 55.0 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
63.2 58.3 58.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
112.0 - -
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 38.3 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
62.6 54.9 -
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 42.4 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 4 3
Front Hip Room (in)
57.6 55.8 53.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 25.4 -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
67.1 - -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 - -
Length, Overall (in)
206.9 - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - -
Height, Overall (in)
70.3 68.7 65.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 - -
Wheelbase (in)
122.0 125.9 109.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.8 72.8 72.2
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- 48.2 - TBD -
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- 8.7 - TBD -
Cab to Axle (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
- 31.3 - TBD -
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
- 205.5 190.4
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
- 8.7 - TBD -
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 18.0 18.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA - -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
49.5 44.4 41.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume (ft³)
- 33.5 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
- 61.4 - TBD -
Tailgate Width (in)
- 58.8 - TBD -
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
- 73.3 73.5
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
- 30.9 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
- 61.4 56.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.1 11.1 x 0.7 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.1 x 0.4 11.3 x 0.7 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA 10.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22 21.1 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
- NA Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
- NA NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.5 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
42.6 43.4 36.7
Steering Type
Var Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.38 - -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
- 20.4 17.4
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- 3.6 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P235/75R15 P215/70R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact P235/75R15 Full-size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P235/75R15 P215/70R15
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- NA - TBD -
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- NA - TBD -
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- NA - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- NA - TBD -
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA 350
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4504 - -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
- 1658 1492
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 4690 4600
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
- 2531 2380
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
- 2027 1823
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
- 7936 7500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
- 2531 2685
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x 7.0 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x 7.0 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x 7.0 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.5 10.8 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 110 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Watts
- - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- NA NA
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
247 @ 4300 171 @ 4400 180 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/212 2.5L/- TBD - 2.7L/164
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
250 @ 5700 152 @ 5200 159 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas 4-cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
- NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 19 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.69 3.58 3.95
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.36 1.44
Trans Type
5 5 5
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.53 0.81 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.88 3.63 4.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.60 2.07 2.06
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 - -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual Manual
Trans PTO Access
- NA - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- NA - TBD -
Trans Power Take Off
- NA - TBD -
Transfer Case Model
- NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Ridgeline Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
Body Style
4 Door Crew Cab King Cab Regular Cab
Body Code
- 125.9 WB 109" WB
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA - -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 1.34 1.2
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Leaf Leaf-Spring
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA - -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.00 NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 4.08 - TBD -
Axle Type - Front
- NA - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- NA - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
- C200 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 8.7 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 4 5 (2011)
Frame
Frame Type
- Ladder Ladder
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- -- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- -- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- -- --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-- -- --
Rollover Rating
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