2009 Honda Ridgeline vs. Its Competition

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The 2009 Honda Ridgeline competes with a wide range of compact and mid-size trucks, most of which have more traditional layouts with burly frames and unforgiving leaf-spring rear suspensions.

The Explorer Sport Trac is the closest in concept to the Ridgeline; it has a shorter bed, but there's an optional V-8 that outdoes the Ridgeline, at least for low-speed hauling.

Even though the design is dated, it's still quite attractive.

The Nissan Frontier is another possibility; it's especially rugged in look and feel and comes in a variety of trims, including an off-road-focused model.

Those considering the Frontier should also take a look at the Equator, which is mechanically identical to the Frontier but with styling that many would judge more attractive.

The Equator also has a better warranty.

The Toyota Tacoma is another possibility; it's the choice for the frugal, thanks to its strong resale value and decent performance with the economical standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine.

Another possibility is the Dodge Dakota, but the mid-size Dakota handles and maneuvers like a larger truck.

Although the 2009 Ridgeline is priced higher than many of these models, all the heavy-duty towing components come standard; otherwise you'll have option boxes to check.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Honda Ridgeline doesn't drive like any other pickup model, and for most people who commute daily and haul sometimes, that's a good thing.
Especially with the improved V-8, the 2008 Dodge Dakota can do most of what a full-size truck can while consuming fewer resources in the process.
For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas 4-cylGas I4
EPA Class   
4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/AN/AN/A
Style Name   
4WD Crew Cab RT2WD Ext Cab ST2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD Reg I4 MT (GS)
Four Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Crew CabExtended Cab 6'7" BedKing CabRegular Cab
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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