Compare 2013 Honda Ridgeline vs 2013 Nissan Frontier vs 2013 Toyota Tacoma

2013 Honda Ridgeline
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2013 Nissan Frontier
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4WD Crew Cab RT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RT 15 21 $26,936 $29,450
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL 15 21 $32,025 $35,030
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi 15 21 $34,169 $37,380
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTS 15 21 $29,403 $32,155
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab Sport 15 21 $27,615 $30,195
Select style
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 16 22 $29,128 $31,090
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 16 22 $23,419 $24,710
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Desert Runner 16 22 $23,703 $25,010
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 16 22 $21,877 $23,080
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 16 22 $28,660 $30,590
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 16 22 $22,738 $23,990
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 22 $20,884 $22,030
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 22 $23,826 $25,140
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 23 $18,955 $19,990
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 23 $21,282 $22,450
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $17,063 $17,990
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $20,289 $21,400
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic Desert Runner 16 22 $22,521 $23,760
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 16 22 $21,840 $23,040
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 22 $22,643 $23,890
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 21 $31,300 $33,790
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 21 $25,686 $27,410
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 15 21 $28,969 $31,270
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 21 $24,161 $25,780
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 21 $30,791 $33,240
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 21 $25,293 $26,990
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 16 21 $27,998 $30,220
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 21 $23,179 $24,730
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 21 $26,089 $27,840
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 15 21 $28,285 $30,530
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SV 15 21 $24,124 $25,740
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 16 21 $27,175 $29,330
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SV 16 21 $24,919 $26,590
Select style
2WD Access Cab I4 AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 AT 19 24 $19,982 $21,315
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $20,697 $22,075
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 MT 21 25 $19,138 $20,415
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $22,040 $23,510
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab V6 MT X-Runner 16 21 $25,103 $26,775
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab I4 AT 19 24 $20,868 $22,525
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $21,471 $23,175
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $23,261 $25,110
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $22,798 $24,610
Tacoma 2WD Reg Cab I4 AT 19 24 $17,540 $18,525
Tacoma 2WD Reg Cab I4 MT 21 25 $16,688 $17,625
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab I4 AT 18 21 $23,579 $25,150
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab I4 MT 18 20 $22,735 $24,250
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab V6 AT 16 21 $25,018 $26,685
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab V6 MT 15 19 $24,192 $25,805
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab LB V6 AT 16 21 $26,111 $28,185
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab V6 AT 16 21 $25,648 $27,685
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab V6 MT 15 19 $24,832 $26,805
Tacoma 4WD Reg Cab I4 AT 18 21 $21,402 $22,605
Tacoma 4WD Reg Cab I4 MT 18 20 $20,334 $21,475

Pricing

Invoice Price

$26,936
$29,128
$19,982

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$29,450
$31,090
$21,315

Monthly Payment Estimate

$491 / month
$518 / month
$355 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.4
7.6
6.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2013 Nissan Frontier is the best alternative to a full-size pickup: it's maneuverable, manageable, and a bit more conscious of gas mileage. 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.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

15 mpg 16 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

21 mpg 22 mpg 24 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

4WD Standard Pickup Truck - -

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

57.1 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

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

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 73.9 66.1

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

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 -

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 -

Cargo Area Dimensions

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)

60.0 - -

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

8.5 - -

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- TBD - - -

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- TBD - 18.0 18.0

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

79.0 - -

Tailgate Width (in)

- 58.8 - TBD -

Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)

- 73.3 73.5

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 -

Brakes

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 - TBD - 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 - TBD - 11.7 x 1.1 10.83 x - TBD -

Brake ABS System (Second Line)

- NA NA

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

22.0 21.1 21.1

Fuel Tank Location

- NA Midship

Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

- NA NA

Aux Fuel Tank Location

- NA NA

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

18.5 - -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

42.6 47.8 42.0

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.38 - -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

N/A - TBD - N/A

Steering Ratio (:1), On Center

- 20.4 17.4

Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock

- - TBD - 3.43

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Front Tire Size

P245/65TR17 P265/60R18 P215/70R15

Spare Tire Size

T165/901R17 P265/60R18 Full-size

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/65TR17 P265/60R18 P215/70R15

Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)

- NA N/A

Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front

- NA N/A

Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare

- NA N/A

Front Tire Capacity (lbs)

- NA N/A

Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)

- NA N/A

Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear

- NA N/A

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

500 500 350

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

750 630 350

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

5000 5000 3500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

5000 6300 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 - -

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)

- 5730 4900

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)

- 3296 2380

Curb Weight - Front (lbs)

- 2434 2109

Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)

- 11113 7500

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)

- 3324 2685

Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)

- 2073 1726

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 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

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -

Front Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum Steel

Spare Wheel Material

Steel - TBD - 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)

130 130 - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Watts

- N/A - TBD -

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)

- NA NA

Engine

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 Type

Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas I4

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Engine Oil Cooler

- NA NA

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

21 (Est) 22 24

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

15 (Est) 16 19

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

17 (Est) 18 21

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.071 1.529 1.00

Trans Type

5 5 4

Drivetrain

Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.538 0.839 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

1.888 2.764 2.39

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

1.606 2.353 1.53

Trans Order Code

NA NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.533 - -

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.766 1.000 0.71

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

2.697 3.842 2.80

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

Trans PTO Access

- NA - TBD -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Honda Ridgeline Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma

Body Style

Crew Cab Pickup Crew Cab Pickup Access Cab

Body Code

- NA 127" WB

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

N/A - TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.9 1.34 1.18

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Leaf Leaf-Spring

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA - -

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

N/A - TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

1.0 NA NA

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs - -

Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)

- - TBD - - TBD -

Axle Ratio (:1) - Front

- NA - TBD -

Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)

- - TBD - - TBD -

Axle Type - Rear

- NA - TBD -

Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)

- - TBD - - TBD -

Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)

- - TBD - - TBD -

Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear

- - TBD - - TBD -

Axle Type - Front

- NA - TBD -

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

2 (2012) 4 4 (2011)

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

11.0 (2012) 10.2 8.9

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

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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

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Combined Side Rating Front Seat

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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

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Rollover Rating

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