- Toyota Tacoma: Reliability; Resale; Renown
- Honda Ridgeline: New look; increased capability
2021 Toyota Tacoma
2021 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab starting price: $28,155 / Read our 2021 Toyota Tacoma Review
What we like: Customizable for almost every need; durable construction; available V6; excellent resale value; TRD Pro off-road capability.
What we would change: Average fuel economy; cabin comfort; very ready for a re-do.
Overview: A best-seller for many years, the Toyota Tacoma carries on its reputation for high-quality, reliability, and resale value. The competition is fierce all of a sudden, but following a 2020 refresh, the Tacoma continues on. Newer tech is on-board, in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and all models receive the Toyota safety suite with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
Tacoma’s standard power comes from a 2.7-liter inline-4 making 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. The available 3.5-liter V6 makes 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque which almost gets the same mileage. Tow capable up to 6,800 pounds.
What’s new for 2021: Minor changes following a 2020 refresh. They include dual-zone climate on V6 models. New Trail Edition based on SR5 Double Cab includes built-in bins in the bed, while Nightshade features darkened accouterments.
Features and technology: There are around 33 different ways you can order your Tacoma. There is literally something to cater to everyone’s needs. For off-road enthusiasts, the TRD Pro offers tremendous capabilities.
What does the future hold: Rumors are worth what you pay for them, but we hear of a possible redesign for the 2024 model year. See 2021 Toyota Tacoma models for sale near you.
2021 Honda Ridgeline:
2021 Honda Ridgeline Standard Crew Cab starting price: $36,000 EST / Read our 2021 Honda Ridgeline Review
What we like: Smooth V6 power; quick acceleration; roomy standard crew cab; refined ride; in-bed trunk; multifunction tailgate
What we would change: Not for deep-woods off-roading; FWD tows 3,500 pounds; AWD is 5,000-pound tow-capable
Overview: With probably the smoothest, car-like ride in the segment, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline oozes comfort. Some capabilities are less than others in the segment, but it is a fuel-efficiency leader. It’s a truck we would constantly be worrying about getting dirty.
What’s new for 2021: The 2021 Ridgeline features a fresh new design from the A-pillars forward. A new Honda Performance Development (HPD) package toughens up the appearance a bit, with flared fenders, a blacked-out grille, and new 18-inch wheels. Small changes inside include a revised infotainment system.
Features and technology: The Honda Ridgeline has undergone a restyling for 2021. Power is from an award-winning 3.5-liter 280-hp V6 producing 262 lb-ft of torque. The standard 9-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front-wheel-drive system, while AWD is an available option. It moves off the line quickly and scores a similar mileage rating to mid-size trucks that get their power from a diesel powerplant.
The Ridgeline rides well thanks to its unibody construction with coil spring independent rear suspension. This helps it behave more like a car or SUV rather than a body-on-frame truck. That’s also one of the reasons this Honda is less robust than some of its heartier competitors.
Inside there is an 8-inch touchscreen display along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Specific models can be ordered with an in-bed audio system which will liven up any tailgate party.
What the future holds: Unconfirmed rumors suggest a Ridgeline Hybrid might appear later in 2021 as a 2022 model.
Ridgeline vs Tacoma: Strengths Comparison
Toyota Tacoma benefits: Reliability; substantial resale value; impressive capabilities.
Honda Ridgeline benefits: Car-like ride; very comfortable interior; decent fuel efficiency.
2021 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2021 Honda Ridgeline: Which is better?
The Toyota Tacoma provides a wide variety of vehicles for most users and outstanding reliability and resale value as does the Honda Ridgeline. While the Toyota is more adept at off-road running, if you have no plans to get your truck dirty, and prefer driving on-road to off-road, the Honda Ridgeline is our pick. Find a 2021 Honda Ridgeline for sale or Find a 2021 Toyota Tacoma for sale
|2021 Toyota Tacoma||2021 Honda Ridgeline|
|Engine||2.7-liter I4||3.5-liter V6|
|Horsepower||159 hp @ 5,200 rpm||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||180 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm|
|Transmission||6-spd automatic||9-speed automatic|
|Fuel Economy||21 mpg (20 city/23 highway)||22 mpg (19 city/26 highway)|
|Also Available||3.5-liter V6; 6 M/T; AWD; Cabs & Beds||AWD|
|Warranty||3years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||4 star||5-star|
|Max Seating Capacity||4||5|
|Wheelbase||127.4 inches||125.2 inches|
|Overall Length||212.3 inches||210.0 inches|
|Width||75.2 inches||78.6 inches|
|Height||70.6 inches||70.2 inches|
|Turning Diameter||40.6 feet||44.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.7 inches||40.1 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||34.9 inches||38.8 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.9 inches||40.9 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||24.6 inches||36.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||58.3 inches||62 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||56.5 inches||61.5 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||100.1 cubic feet||109.7 cubic feet|
|Payload Capacity||1,620 pounds||1,465 pounds|