The 2017 Toyota Tacoma vs the 2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 toyota tacoma

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 honda ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Balancing a rugged ride and interior comfort, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma is built tough to take on any job and any adventure without sacrificing style. Its interior comforts and casual ride make it perfect for that Los Angeles traffic, but it’s also perfect for weekend getaways to places like Joshua Tree.Take a look at this head-to-head match-up with the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, and see for yourself how tough and capable the Tacoma is with a test drive at Toyota of Hollywood.


Featuring 3.5L direct-injection 24-valve Atkinson-cycle DOHC V6 engine with VVT-iW, the new Toyota Tacoma produces 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of available torque. With this much power, the Tacoma boasts a payload capacity of nearly 1,750 pounds and a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. This puts it on competitive footing with the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, which has a 3.5L V6 engine that realizes 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Ridgeline also offers 3,500 pounds of towing, but the Ridgeline is not quite as versatile as its competition. With a 4WDemand part-time four-wheel drive and active traction control, the Tacoma can take on any environment with equal energy — on road and off of it. The Ridgeline, on the other hand, is built for flatter and plainer driving conditions.

The Tacoma features a coil-spring double-wishbone front suspension and a leaf spring rear suspension, which ensures an intuitive and responsive ride. This helps to make the experience comfortable yet exciting regardless of the terrain. The Ridgeline does offer a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, which makes for a comfortable ride and responsive handling, but it’s not quite as sporty or as dynamic as the Tacoma’s ride. 

Available Features

The Toyota Tacoma comes ready with a suite of safety features to ensure you stay secure on the Los Angeles roads:

  • Hill start assist control
  • Vehicle stability control
  • Multi-terrain select and crawl control
  • Rear parking assist sonar
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Compare those features to the features offered by the Honda Ridgeline:

  • Hill start assist
  • Vehicle stability assist
  • Blind spot information system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

The Winning Truck: The Toyota Tacoma

While the 2017 Honda Ridgeline competes in key categories like power and towing capacity, it lacks the adaptability and versatility that drivers in Hollywood need. The Ridgeline provides nearly identical raw power as the 2017 Toyota Tacoma, but the Tacoma holds a significant advantage when it comes to handling and performance. Ultimately, the Tacoma is simply the more rugged and more capable vehicle, and this is reflected in its superior selection of vehicle control and active safety features.

Learn More About the 2017 Toyota Tacoma at Toyota of Hollywood

If you’re a driver in the Hollywood area, you can learn more about the 2017 Toyota Tacoma and how it compares to the 2017 Honda Ridgeline by contacting us online or by calling 323-300-6956. You can also stop in at 6000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, CA and see us for a test drive today!