2017 Honda Ridgeline vs. Its Competition

2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

In a market niche with more than its share of outdated hardware, the mid-size pickup class has two new, bright stars.

Until now, the Chevrolet Colorado and nearly identical GMC Canyon have led the segment with the best interiors, most refinement, and best ride quality in the class.

Of the two, the GMC Canyon is better because it has slightly higher payload and towing ratings, nicer interior materials, and offers full-time all-wheel drive.

However, we like the Chevy's available diesel engine.

The redesigned Toyota Tacoma made significant content and powertrain updates for the 2016 model year, but the interior quality and overall refinement can't match the GM trucks.

The Nissan Frontier offers good cab space and a strong V-6, but it is the oldest model in the segment and it shows.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a smart alternative to full-size trucks, for drivers content with matching the right tool to the right job.
Don't quite need a full-size truck? The Chevrolet Colorado makes a compelling case for the way most of us truly use our pickups.
The 2017 GMC Canyon is probably all the pickup truck most buyers will need.
Thoroughly outpointed by its rivals, the 2017 Nissan Frontier is nonetheless worth a look if you value its nimble feel and its surprisingly good value.
A new TRD Pro package further cements the 2017 Toyota Tacoma's reputation as an off-road leader.
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Regular Unleaded V-6Gas I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
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RT 4x2 Crew Cab 5.3' Bed2WD Ext Cab 128.3" Base2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SLKing Cab 4x2 S ManualSR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT (SE)
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Crew CabExtended Cab PickupExtended Cab PickupKing CabAccess Cab
Automatic w/ODManualManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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