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Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, Car Comparisons, Truck
#1 of 550 Tacoma vs Honda Ridgeline
Jan 29, 2005 (2:04 pm)
Those of you interested in Frontier vs. Tacoma may want to take a look at Honda's debut pickup truck.
Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter VTEC V6 engine that produces 255 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque, mated to a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. Unlike traditional full-size pickup trucks, the Ridgeline does not have a cargo bed that is separate from the passenger cab; the bed and cab are integrated. So I guess this is an "Explorer-looking" vehicle from Japan.
One thing for sure: Honda engineers their work very well.
Has anyone seen these at the auto shows as yet? How about a test drive? You can look for these in dealerships in March--only 30 days away.
What do you guys think of no mention of a standard transmission?
#2 of 550 These types of comparisions...
Jan 30, 2005 (9:24 am)
are inevitable, but until the Ridgeline actually hits the streets, are now pretty much just speculation.
I do think the Ridgeline will cause all the midsize (and full-size) truckmakers many hours of lost sleep, however.
#3 of 550 Re: These types of comparisions... [rsholland]
Jan 30, 2005 (9:51 am)
Have any of you guys seen the Ridgeline in person (maybe in the carshow).My hands are itching to get into a truck but I've passed on the Tacoma x-runner because of the absence of sideairbags even as an option.The Tacoma was plain looking in the pictures but looks great live.Can any of you say the same thing for the Ri8dgeline?
#4 of 550 Re: These types of comparisions... 
Jan 30, 2005 (10:37 am)
Have any of you guys seen the Ridgeline in person (maybe in the carshow).
Yep. I crawled all over it at the Detroit show. This vehicle will be HOT! I'm convinced of it. I was there during one of the industry days, those are folks who in some fashion work in the auto industry, or some related industry. Those people were all over the Ridgeline like bees at a bee hive. It was hard to get seat time, but yes, I was able to spend some time in it.
#5 of 550 unimpressed so far
Jan 31, 2005 (1:50 am)
Well, It's the ugliest truck I've seen, and I liked the Element, but it does have some cool features like the in bed trunk, navigation, all wheel drive and some kind of locking rear diff.
Manual trans is also unavailable on the Ridgeline which will be a deal breaker for some.
I don't think I can get past the ugliness. The Tacoma is a beauty compared to the Ridgeline, and I'm sure the Taco is much more capable off road.
#6 of 550 What About the Frontier?
Jan 31, 2005 (7:54 am)
This topic should have been broadened a little bit. I am interested in getting a crew cab pickup, and right now for me, the Frontier is also in the running along with the Tacoma and Ridgeline.
#7 of 550 Re: What About the Frontier? [atlgaxt]
Jan 31, 2005 (1:31 pm)
I agree. I should include all the mid-size trucks.
#8 of 550 Re: These types of comparisions... 
Jan 31, 2005 (6:57 pm)
Not sure why you couldn't get the side airbags, but I had them installed in a Tacoma 4x4 Double-cab long bed. They are still building it, but the dealer called me 2 weeks to ask if I wanted to add it in.
#9 of 550 Re: unimpressed so far [gearhead1]
Feb 03, 2005 (12:28 pm)
Wait....this is almost too good...You liked the Element, and you thought the Ridgeline was UGLY? WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. I bet you think the Assteck is the best looking SUV out there, huh?
Man, I'd hate to see what you consider ugly...
#10 of 550 Re: unimpressed so far [gatrhumpy]
Feb 04, 2005 (10:33 pm)
Hey man, the Element is Hummeresque in it's way. It looks like a modern safari vehicle or baby Hummer. It's beauty is in it's practicality. That being said, I'm buying a Tacoma Sport package because it's a true work of automotive art, and the oil filter is actually accessible.....and the Ridgeline is still butt ugly, as is the Asstek. So there.