How the Ridgeline Beats the Tacoma

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Features 2021 Ridgeline Sport 2021 Tacoma TRD Sport 4x4
Payload Rating (lbs)
Payload Rating (lbs) 1,596 1,100
0-60 MPH Acceleration (seconds)
0-60 MPH Acceleration (seconds) 6.1 7.4
Dirt Road Slalom Average Speed (MPH)
Dirt Road Slalom Average Speed (MPH) 32 31
Lay-Flat Truck Bed
Lay-Flat Truck Bed Standard Not Available
Dual-Action Tailgate
Dual-Action Tailgate Standard Not Available
Lockable In-Bed Trunk®
Lockable In-Bed Trunk® Standard Not Available

Performance

2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport shown in Radiant Red Metallic II tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5 ft Bed and 4WD.
OVERVIEW
Vying for the Top Spot
Car and Driver tested the Ridgeline against the Tacoma and the results speak for themselves. Completing challenges that ranged from off-road speed courses to pound-for-pound payload tests, the Ridgeline swept the board and served up ultimate tough-truck capability.
OFF-ROAD HANDLING
OFF-ROAD HANDLING
2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport shown in Radiant Red Metallic II tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5 ft Bed and 4WD.
OFF-ROAD HANDLING
Leaving Tacoma in the Dust
Car and Driver created an off-road slalom course to test the Ridgeline and Tacoma on speed, handling and stability. The Ridgeline hugged the cones and demonstrated superior control throughout, clocking a faster average time and securing the win.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5 ft Bed and 4WD.
ACCELERATION
Quicker Off the Starting Block
When tested for acceleration, the Ridgeline left the Tacoma well behind. With wins ranging from the 0–60 category to the quarter mile, the Ridgeline is Car and Driver’s choice over the Tacoma for powerful acceleration.

CAR AND DRIVER

Performance

  2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport in Radiant Red Metallic II shown driving down a dusty road.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport in Radiant Red Metallic II shown driving down a dusty road.
A bar chart compares Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma acceleration times.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport shown in Radiant Red Metallic II tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5 ft Bed and 4WD.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport shown in Radiant Red Metallic II tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5 ft Bed and 4WD.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5 ft Bed and 4WD.
OVERVIEW
Vying for the Top Spot
Car and Driver tested the Ridgeline against the Tacoma and the results speak for themselves. Completing challenges that ranged from off-road speed courses to pound-for-pound payload tests, the Ridgeline swept the board and served up ultimate tough-truck capability.
OFF-ROAD HANDLING
Leaving Tacoma in the Dust
Car and Driver created an off-road slalom course to test the Ridgeline and Tacoma on speed, handling and stability. The Ridgeline hugged the cones and demonstrated superior control throughout, clocking a faster average time and securing the win.
ACCELERATION
Quicker Off the Starting Block
When tested for acceleration, the Ridgeline left the Tacoma well behind. With wins ranging from the 0–60 category to the quarter mile, the Ridgeline is Car and Driver’s choice over the Tacoma for powerful acceleration.

Hauling and Payload

Thanks to minimal wheelwell intrusion and superior payload ratings, Car and Driver found that the Ridgeline beats the Tacoma in total truck-bed capability.

Plywood Hauling Test

WATCH VIDEO

The Ridgeline beat the Tacoma in a challenge of pure brawn, proving itself as the payload-capability leader.
WATCH VIDEO

2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport shown in Radiant Red Metallic II tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5 ft Bed and 4WD.

Advantages

  • 2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport shown in Radiant Red Metallic II tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5 ft Bed and 4WD.

    2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport shown in Radiant Red Metallic II tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5 ft Bed and 4WD.

  • RTL-E shown in Modern Steel Metallic. 2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5-ft Bed and 4WD.

    RTL-E shown in Modern Steel Metallic. 2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5-ft Bed and 4WD.

  • 2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport shown in Radiant Red Metallic II tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5-ft Bed and 4WD.

    2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport shown in Radiant Red Metallic II tested against 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with Double Cab, 5-ft Bed and 4WD.

  • RTL-E shown in Obsidian Blue Pearl.

    RTL-E shown in Obsidian Blue Pearl.

  • RTL-E shown in Modern Steel Metallic.

    RTL-E shown in Modern Steel Metallic.

  • RTL-E shown in Obsidian Blue Pearl.

    RTL-E shown in Obsidian Blue Pearl.

  • RTL-E shown with Gray Leather.

    RTL-E shown with Gray Leather.

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Awards

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NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

In recognition of its excellent crash-safety performance, the 2021 Ridgeline was awarded a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)*.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
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