The Tacoma has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
Both the Tacoma and the Ridgeline have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tacoma for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Ridgeline.
There are over 19 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Tacoma’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 14th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota third in reliability, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked fifth.
The Tacoma has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ridgeline (21.1 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better traction, the Tacoma’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ridgeline (265/65R17 vs. 245/60R18).
The Toyota Tacoma’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Honda Ridgeline only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Tacoma has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Ridgeline’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tacoma Access Cab’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Ridgeline (127.4 inches vs. 125.2 inches). The Tacoma Long Bed Double Cab’s wheelbase is 15.4 inches longer than on the Ridgeline (140.6 feet vs. 125.2 inches).
The Tacoma’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Ridgeline’s (57.6% to 42.4%). This gives the Tacoma more stable handling and braking.
For greater off-road capability the Tacoma has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Ridgeline (9.4 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Tacoma to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Toyota Tacoma may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 250 pounds less than the Honda Ridgeline.
The Tacoma Double Cab shortbed has a larger cargo box than the Ridgeline (34.8 vs. 33.9 cubic feet). The Tacoma Double Cab longbed has a larger cargo box than the Ridgeline (42.6 vs. 33.9 cubic feet).
The Toyota Tacoma has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. The Honda Ridgeline doesn’t offer a tailgate assist.
The Smart Key System standard on the Tacoma TRD/Limited Auto allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Honda Ridgeline’s available Pushbutton Start doesn’t unlock the doors.
The TRD Off-Road was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2016 4x4 of the Year. The Ridgeline has never been chosen.
The Toyota Tacoma outsold the Honda Ridgeline by over 345 to one during 2015.