Head to head exterior comparison of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition and 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

When the time comes to purchase a new pickup truck, it's important to understand the differences between the 2020 Honda Ridgeline and 2020 Toyota Tacoma. Both of these pickups have their strengths, but one stands out as the clear winner. In our complete comparison of the Honda Ridgeline vs. Toyota Tacoma, we will review differences in price, trims, performance power, towing capacity, fuel economy, features, design, exterior dimensions, and safety ratings. Let's drive in.

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2020 Honda Ridgeline

2020 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition exterior rear passenger view

2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road sitting on top of desert rocks

2020 Honda Ridgeline Price & Trims

The new 2020 Ridgeline starts at $33,900, which is higher than the Tacoma, but you can get the Black Edition for less than the TRD Pro. There are four trim levels to choose from.

  • Sport: $33,900
  • RTL: $36,670
  • RTL-E: $42,020
  • Black Edition: $43,520

2020 Toyota Tacoma Price & Trims

The 2020 Tacoma does start at a lower price of $26,050, but it will cost you more to get in the top trim. There are six trims available.

  • SR: $26,050
  • SR5: $27,825
  • TRD Sport: $32,745
  • TRD Off-Road: $34,000
  • Limited: $38,790
  • TRD Pro: $43,960

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2020 Honda Ridgeline Interior

2020 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition interior design

Every 2020 Honda Ridgeline model comes in the crew cab body style that seats five people comfortably. There are plenty of standard interior features including tri-zone automatic climate control, an eight-inch touch screen with the infotainment system, a seven-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, and Bluetooth.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Interior

2020 Toyota Tacoma interior design

Depending on which trim level you choose, there are options between four- and five-passenger configurations. Standard interior technology includes Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch touch screen. Compared to the Ridgeline interior design, the Tacoma is seriously lacking.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Exterior

Looking at the Toyota and Ridgeline, it's also vital to evaluate the sizes. The 2020 Honda Ridgeline dimensions measure 210″ L x 79″ W x 70-71″ H. The Honda Ridgeline length is shorter than the Tacoma, and has a wider stance, allowing for better handling. In addition, it features a sturdy 5'4" bed with a unique compartment under the bed floor for extra storage. Owners receive 18-inch tires and the choice between seven exterior color options.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

Same as the interior passenger capacity, the exterior dimensions will depend on which model you choose as well. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma dimensions measure between 212-226″ L x 74-75″ W x 71-72″ H. You can choose a 5' or 6'1" bed size with a Tacoma bed width measuring 41.5". However, the truck bed is not as unique or versatile as the Ridgeline. Toyota Tacoma drivers can pick from 16-, 17-, or 18-inch tires and nine color choices.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Performance

2020 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition towing a trailer loaded with a large ATV

The 2020 Ridgeline features a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 262 lb-ft. of torque. The Ridgeline powertrain comes equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission. You can expect to receive 19/26 mpg with front-wheel-drive and 18/25 mpg with all-wheel drive. Instead of being a part-time 4WD truck, the Ridgeline is one of the only trucks to offer AWD and several drive modes to conquer multiple terrains. The Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds and carry up to 1,580 pounds of cargo.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Performance

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road parked on top of a desert cliff

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a 159-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 20/23 mpg with rear-wheel-drive. Upgrading to the 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine changes those figures to 19/24 mpg instead. This truck can tow up to 6,800 pounds and has a payload capacity reaching up to 1,620 pounds. The Tacoma is not AWD but does have part-time 4WD drive modes.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Safety

The NHTSA awarded the 2020 Honda Ridgeline with a perfect five-star rating, while the IIHS named the truck as a Top Safety Pick. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. Honda Sensing offers more safety features than Toyota Safety Sense.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Safety

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma only received a four-star rating from the NHTSA, while the IIHS named it as a Top Safety Pick. Standard safety features on the new Tacoma includes Toyota's Safety Sense P bundle of driver assistance technology which includes lane departure, forward collision, and adaptive cruise control. Toyota's safety sense is a great set of safety tech but doesn't offer as much advanced protection.

Should I Get the New Honda Ridgeline or Toyota Tacoma?

As you decide between Honda Ridgeline vs. Tacoma, you have a lot to consider. The Honda Ridgeline or Toyota Tacoma are proven to be valuable options. Here's why you should buy the new Honda Ridgeline. While we agree that both Honda and Toyota trucks have plenty to offer, the Ridgeline did perform better in safety testing. While the Ridgeline or Tacoma will get the job done, the Ridgeline will execute the task in a safer manner. Sure, the entry level cost of the Ridgeline is higher, but the quality makes that extra expense far worth it especially since you get a more powerful engine from the start. By the way, a fully-loaded Black Edition Ridgeline is more affordable than the TRD Pro Tacoma. Finally, the Ridgeline truck bed is more versatile and the interior design blows the Tacoma away. It's hard to even match the pure ride quality that the Ridgeline offers over the competition. If you aren't fully convinced that the 2020 Honda Ridgeline is the better pickup, stop by Phil Long Honda for a test drive today and feel the stellar performance firsthand.

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