2011 Honda Ridgeline vs. Its Competition

2011 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin 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.

2011 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi Side Exterior View2011 Honda Ridgeline
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2011 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Double I4 AT PreRunner (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Toyota Tacoma
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Quick Specs
7.4
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.
6.8
7.8
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.
6.6
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   
$29,150N/A$18,200$16,365
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6N/AGas 4-cylGas I4
EPA Class   
4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/AN/AN/A
Style Name   
4WD Crew Cab RTN/A2WD King Cab I4 Manual S2WD Reg I4 MT (GS)
Drivetrain   
Four Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5N/A43
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Crew CabN/AKing CabRegular Cab
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODN/AManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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