2009 Honda Ridgeline vs. Its Competition

2009 Honda Ridgeline

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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2009 Suzuki Equator2009 Suzuki Equator
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2008 Dodge Dakota 2WD Ext Cab ST Open Doors2008 Dodge Dakota
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2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
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2008 Nissan Frontier XE2008 Nissan Frontier
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2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner2008 Toyota Tacoma
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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.
The 2009 Suzuki Equator is capable, versatile, and rugged for towing and off-roading, but it's not the best choice for day-to-day on-road use.
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.
The 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac offers good versatility in an unremarkable package.
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 Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas 4-cylGas I4
EPA Class     
4WD Standard Pickup Truck2WD Small Pickup TruckN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name     
4WD Crew Cab RT2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual2WD Ext Cab STRWD 4-Door V6 XLT2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)
Four Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Crew CabSmall PickupExtended Cab 6'7" Bed4 DoorKing CabRegular Cab
Automatic w/ODManualManual w/ODAutomaticManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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