2010 Honda Ridgeline vs. Its Competition

2010 Honda Ridgeline
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2010 Honda Ridgeline is more refined and sophisticated than anything else this size with a pickup bed.

And its body style is very different than anything else, which makes it tough to pick out direct rivals as they range through compact and mid-size trucks, most of which have more traditional layouts with burly frames and unforgiving leaf-spring rear suspensions.

To its credit, the 2010 Ridgeline comes with all that's necessary to tow or haul its heaviest rated loads, and for any rivals that'll mean extra boxes to check.

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 and nearly identical Suzuki Equator are also possibilities; they're both especially rugged in look and feel and come in a variety of trims, including focused off-road models.

Another possibility is the Dodge Dakota, but the Dakota doesn't ride or handle well.

The Toyota Tacoma is probably the best choice for frugal shoppers, thanks to its strong resale value, as well as decent performance and fuel economy with the standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2010 Honda Ridgeline is a more road-friendly solution for those who need occasionally heavy-hauling ability.
7.4
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.
7.8
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.
7.4
The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
MSRP From   
$28,450$20,470$16,530$14,280
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
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 (SE)
Drivetrain   
Four Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5243
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Crew CabExtended Cab 6'7" BedKing CabRegular Cab
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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