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
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RT 15 21 $26,845 $29,350
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL 15 21 $31,934 $34,930
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi 15 21 $34,078 $37,280
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTS 15 21 $29,312 $32,055
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab Sport 15 21 $27,524 $30,095
Select style
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 20 $28,380 $30,290
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,506 $25,860
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $23,079 $24,350
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,912 $29,790
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,109 $25,440
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $22,086 $23,300
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $23,116 $24,390
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 22 $19,258 $20,310
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $22,369 $23,600
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $18,264 $19,260
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $21,376 $22,550
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $22,927 $24,190
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $21,934 $23,140
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,560 $32,990
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,761 $28,560
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,691 $30,970
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $25,349 $27,050
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,051 $32,440
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,369 $28,140
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $27,720 $29,920
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $24,367 $26,000
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $25,387 $27,090
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,008 $30,230
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $25,200 $26,890
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,898 $29,030
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $24,218 $25,840
Select style
2WD Access Cab I4 AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 AT 19 24 $19,513 $20,815
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $20,228 $21,575
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 MT 21 25 $18,670 $19,915
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,571 $23,010
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab V6 MT X-Runner 16 21 $24,966 $26,630
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab I4 AT 19 24 $20,775 $22,425
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $21,378 $23,075
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $23,169 $25,010
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $22,706 $24,510
Tacoma 2WD Reg Cab I4 AT 19 24 $17,067 $18,025
Tacoma 2WD Reg Cab I4 MT 21 25 $16,215 $17,125
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab I4 AT 18 21 $23,110 $24,650
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab I4 MT 18 20 $22,266 $23,750
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab V6 AT 16 21 $24,549 $26,185
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab V6 MT 15 19 $23,723 $25,305
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab LB V6 AT 16 21 $26,019 $28,085
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab V6 AT 16 21 $25,555 $27,585
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab V6 MT 15 19 $24,739 $26,705
Tacoma 4WD Reg Cab I4 AT 18 21 $20,929 $22,105
Tacoma 4WD Reg Cab I4 MT 18 20 $19,860 $20,975
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,845
$28,380
$19,513
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,350
$30,290
$20,815
Monthly Payment Estimate
$489 / month
$505 / month
$347 / 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.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 15 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 20 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Standard Pickup Truck - -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 4
Front Hip Room (in)
57.6 55.6 53.5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 33.6 24.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 40.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
57.2 58.0 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
63.2 58.3 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
112.0 - -
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 38.7 34.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
62.6 58.3 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 42.4 41.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 - -
Wheelbase (in)
122.0 139.9 127.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.8 72.8 72.2
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 73.9 66.1
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
- 219.4 208.1
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
- 9.8 - TBD -
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- 48.2 - TBD -
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- 9.8 - TBD -
Cab to Axle (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
- 31.3 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - -
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
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
- 38.8 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
- 61.4 56.7
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
Brakes
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.1 11.7 x 1.1 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
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22 21.1 21.1
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
- NA NA
Fuel Tank Location
- NA Midship
Steering
Steering Type
Var Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.38 - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.5 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
42.6 47.8 42.3
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- 3.6 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
- 20.4 17.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P265/60R18 P215/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P265/60R18 P215/70R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact P265/60R18 Full-size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- NA - TBD -
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- NA - TBD -
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 -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 6300 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 630 350
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 - -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
- 3324 2685
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
- 2058 1726
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 5730 4900
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
- 3296 2380
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
- 2415 2109
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
- 11113 7500
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.5 10.8 9.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Watts
- - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- NA NA
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
247 @ 4300 281 @ 4000 180 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/212 4.0L/241 2.7L/164
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
250 @ 5700 261 @ 5600 159 @ 5200
Engine Oil Cooler
- NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 17 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 20 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 15 19
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.88 2.76 2.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.60 2.35 1.53
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 - -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.69 3.84 2.80
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.52 1.00
Trans Type
5 5 4
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.53 0.83 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA NA
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Crew Cab Crew Cab Access Cab
Vehicle Name
Honda Ridgeline Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
Body Code
- 139.9 WB 127" WB
Suspension
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
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 - -
Axle Type - Rear
- C200 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 3.13 - TBD -
Axle Type - Front
- NA - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- NA - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 10.7 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 2 4 (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
-- -- --
Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
-- -- --
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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