There’s no shortage of light truck options on the market today. While that’s a great thing because it means you have more choices, it can also lead to confusion. Which is the better option? Which truck is best suited for your needs? In this post, we’ll compare three of the most popular light trucks out there today – the Honda Ridgeline, the Chevy Colorado, and the Toyota Tacoma.

Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline is one of the most capable trucks on the market today. It offers a smooth ride, a quiet, high-quality interior, and lots of technology to enrich your driving experience. The in-bed trunk is also a nice addition and something that’s not found with other options. You will also find more storage inside than what’s found in either the Colorado or the Tacoma. The Ridgeline gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway, with 3,500 pounds of towing capacity with the powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine. It’s also a crew cab model with plenty of room in the rear seats.

Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma has long been one of the best sellers in the segment, and the current model offers good off-roading performance, decent handling, a comfortable ride, and a high-quality interior. However, the back seat is pretty cramped, leaving little room for adults. It also gets less fuel economy than the Ridgeline, with the Tacoma offering 19 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. Like the Ridgeline, the Tacoma offers 3,500 pounds of towing capacity, but only has a 2.7-liter inline 4-cylinder engine.

Chevy Colorado

The Colorado offers good payload capabilities, providing 3,500 pounds of towing with the base model. For more towing capacity, you’ll have to upgrade to the diesel engine. Note that the base engine is a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder, which provides less power than the Ridgeline. This truck is also an extended cab, which means that while it provides more rear seat space than the Tacoma, it doesn’t offer as much comfort as the Ridgeline. The cabin is quiet and the build materials are of good quality. The handling is smooth, and it offers good ride quality, too. However, the Colorado gets lower crash testing scores than either the Ridgeline or the Tacoma. In terms of fuel economy, the Colorado offers 19 in the city and 26 on the highway, the same as the Ridgeline.

Declaring a Winner: It's Definitely Honda!

As you can see, each of the three trucks has something to offer, which is why all three are best-sellers in their segment. However, the Honda Ridgeline edges out the other two in a number of areas, including engine size and performance, second row seating, storage (interior and exterior), and technology features. While all three are worthy contenders, the Honda Ridgeline manages to trump its competitors.

Do your own comparison. Test drive a Honda Ridgeline today and see what it’s like for yourself.

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