2011 Honda Ridgeline vs. Its Competition

2011 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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

The Nissan Frontier and nearly identical Suzuki Equator are good alternatives; 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 four-cylinder engine.

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Quick Specs
If you need a better-driving truck that can haul the goods on occasion, the 2011 Honda Ridgeline might be a better choice than a true full-sizer.
With enough toughness for personal use, as well as a good feature list, the 2011 Nissan Frontier shows that you might not need to go full-size.
The 2011 Suzuki Equator is a good match for weekend active types and busy hobbyists, thanks to its innovative cargo solutions and tough off-road ability.
The Tacoma is a workhorse truck that gives a little more space and capability than a true compact, yet offers decent fuel efficiency and a low price.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6N/AGas 4-cylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
4WD Crew Cab RTN/A2WD King Cab I4 Manual S2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual2WD Reg I4 MT (GS)
Four Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Crew CabN/AKing CabPickupRegular Cab
Automatic w/ODN/AManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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