Compare 2014 Honda Ridgeline vs 2014 Nissan Frontier vs 2013 Toyota Tacoma

2014 Honda Ridgeline
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2014 Nissan Frontier
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2013 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 $27,050 $29,575
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL 15 21 $32,139 $35,155
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi 15 21 $34,283 $37,505
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTS 15 21 $29,608 $32,380
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab SE 15 21 $34,283 $37,505
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab Sport 15 21 $28,094 $30,720
Select style
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 16 22 $30,039 $31,710
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 16 22 $24,127 $25,180
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Desert Runner 16 22 $24,280 $25,340
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 16 22 $22,616 $23,600
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 16 22 $29,566 $31,210
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 16 22 $23,438 $24,460
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 22 $21,611 $22,550
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 22 $24,614 $25,690
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 23 $19,662 $20,510
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 23 $21,899 $22,850
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $17,252 $17,990
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $20,894 $21,800
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic Desert Runner 16 22 $23,017 $24,020
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 16 22 $22,463 $23,440
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 22 $23,352 $24,370
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 21 $32,233 $34,410
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 21 $26,416 $27,880
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 15 21 $30,064 $32,090
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 21 $24,923 $26,300
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 21 $31,719 $33,860
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 21 $26,020 $27,460
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 16 21 $29,081 $31,040
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 21 $23,930 $25,250
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 21 $26,899 $28,390
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 15 21 $29,306 $31,280
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SV 15 21 $24,772 $26,140
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 16 21 $28,184 $30,080
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SV 16 21 $25,650 $27,070
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
$27,050
$30,039
$19,982
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,575
$31,710
$21,315
Monthly Payment Estimate
$493 / month
$529 / month
$355 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.4
6.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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. 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
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 42.4 41.7
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 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
57.1 58 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
63.2 58.3 57.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5 4
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 38.7 34.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
62.6 58.3 55.7
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.2 8.6 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
122 139.9 127.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.8 72.8 72.2
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
8.2 8.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
206.9 219.4 208.1
Height, Overall (in)
70.3 70.1 66.1
Cab to Axle (in)
- 32.2 - TBD -
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- - - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
- - - TBD -
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- - - TBD -
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
49.5 44.4 41.5
Cargo Volume (ft³)
41.4 33.5 - TBD -
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
60 73.3 73.5
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
20.7 18 18.0
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
- 61.4 56.7
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
- 61.4 - TBD -
Tailgate Width (in)
- - - TBD -
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
- - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.1 11.3 NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
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 11.7 10.83 x - TBD -
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc Pwr-Assisted
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
4-Wheel 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22 21.1 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
- - Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- - NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
- - NA
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
42.6 47.8 42.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
- - 17.4
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- - 3.43
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Full-Size Full-size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P265/60TR18 P215/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P265/60TR18 P215/70R15
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- - N/A
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- - N/A
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- - N/A
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- - N/A
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- - N/A
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- - N/A
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 630 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 6300 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 6300 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5000 6300 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 630 350
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- - 350
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- - 3500
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3105 - 2380
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6050 5730 4900
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
10085 11133 7500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3245 - 2685
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
- - 1726
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
- - 2109
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Styled Steel Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Styled Steel Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Full-Size 15 x - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
550 550 NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Watts
- - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Oil Cooler
None None NA
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
247 @ 4300 281 @ 4000 180 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/212 4.0 L/241 2.7L/164
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
250 @ 5700 261 @ 5600 159 @ 5200
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Gas I4
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
Transfer Case Power Take Off
No No - TBD -
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.76 2.39
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 3.84 2.80
Transfer Case Model
Electronic None NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.53 1.00
Trans Type
5 5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.54 0.84 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans PTO Access
No No - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.35 1.53
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - NA
Trans Power Take Off
- - - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - NA
Clutch Size (in)
- - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Ridgeline Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
Body Code
T T 127" WB
Body Style
Crew Cab Crew Cab Access Cab
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Leaf Leaf-Spring
Axle Type - Rear
Independent Rigid Axle - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
4.53 3.13 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Axle Type - Front
Independent Independent - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
4.53 3.13 - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- - NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- - - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - 1.18
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.8 (Est) 10.0 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - 4 (2011)
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- - 9.1
Frame
Frame Type
- - 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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