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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2013 Toyota Tacoma
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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
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)
57.1 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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 - -
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 -
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 - -
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 (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)
- 38.8 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
- 61.4 56.7
Brakes
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 -
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
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 21.1 21.1
Aux Fuel Tank Location
- NA NA
Fuel Tank Location
- NA Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- NA NA
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.38 - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD - N/A
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
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- - TBD - 3.43
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
T165/901R17 P265/60R18 Full-size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- NA N/A
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- NA N/A
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
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)
750 630 350
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)
- 2073 1726
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
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD - Steel
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 -
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
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 (Est) 18 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 (Est) 22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 (Est) 16 19
Transmission
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
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
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
Crew Cab Pickup Crew Cab Pickup Access Cab
Vehicle Name
Honda Ridgeline Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
Body Code
- NA 127" WB
Suspension
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 - -
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 - -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- - TBD - - 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
- NA - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 (2012) 10.2 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 (2012) 4 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
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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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