Competition in the midsize pickup truck segment continues to grow through the years. As a result, deciding on the pickup truck that meets your needs becomes challenging. The 2019 Honda Ridgeline, 2019 Chevrolet Colorado, and 2019 Toyota Tacoma all provide good specs, but only one wins.
Power is important in any pickup truck. Both the 2019 Colorado and 2019 Tacoma offer two engine options, while the Ridgeline only offers one. However, this single engine option is more powerful than either of its competitors’ standard engines.
The Ridgeline comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. These numbers are better than the Tacoma and the Colorado engines. The Tacoma comes with either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6, which put out 159 horsepower and 278 horsepower respectively. For the Colorado, the only advantage is its 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder. The other is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Neither of these engines come close to the Ridgeline horsepower.
Along with the greater power, the Ridgeline features stronger fuel efficiency. It averages 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, whereas the Tacoma achieves 18 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.* The Colorado gets 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Collectively, the Ridgeline, Colorado, and Tacoma each offer a range of safety options. The Colorado comes standard with a rearview camera and Teen Driver System, while also offering Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and Rear Park Assist.
The Tacoma comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense ™ P technology package, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning with a Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
On the Ridgeline, you get a rearview camera as standard. You can also opt for the available Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies on certain trim levels. This includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System, a Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a Lane Keeping Assist System.
While the Colorado and Tacoma might come standard with more safety technologies, the Ridgeline has actually received better safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received a 2019 Top Safety Pick, while neither of its competitors have received this honor.
Take a closer look at the 2019 Honda Ridgeline in Springfield, MO, at Don Wessel Honda.
*19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 18 city/25 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Use for comparison purposes only. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.