2016 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2016 Honda Ridgeline

Truck owners, perhaps more than anyone else, want a vehicle that's capable in a multitude of situations. When conditions get tough, you want to know that your truck won't let you down. For consumers that prioritize capability over anything else, two of the most popular trucks are the 2016 Toyota Tacoma and the 2016 Honda Ridgeline.

Both of these vehicles offer truck enthusiasts the kind of performance they need and deserve, making it useful to examine each truck closely to see which one is right for you. Learn whether the 2016 Toyota Tacoma or the 2016 Honda Ridgeline is the best truck for consumers in Freehold, Lawrence, and South Brunswick.

Payload and Towing Capacity

Putting all other considerations aside, a truck is a utility vehicle, which means that it needs to be able to tow the heaviest payloads. Although the Ridgeline provides enough capacity for most users, it is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma that is the truck of choice for drivers who truly care about towing capacity. Compared to the Ridgeline's 1,584-lb max payload and 5,000-lb tow rating, the Tacoma offers a massive 6,800-lb tow rating and 1,620-lb max payload. If you want to get the most towing power possible, there is no better truck on the market than the 2016 Toyota Tacoma.

Off-Road Performance

Trucks must be able to perform in a wide variety of situations, including off road. While a lot of vehicles boast superior off-road performance and handling, it is only the Toyota Tacoma that delivers on this promise, providing total control no matter the road conditions. By combining an independent front axle and live rear axle, the Tacoma distinguishes itself as a truck dedicated to maximum off-road utility. Although the Ridgeline is no slouch in this department, it simply cannot live up to the handling and suspension that's offered by the Tacoma. For users who want total control on road and off, the Toyota Tacoma is the truck of choice.

Superior Torque

When comparing trucks, it can be extremely helpful to examine what their engines offer, and engine performance is an area where the Ridgeline and Tacoma are neck and neck. For example, both vehicles offer 3.5L V6 engines capable of 6,000 RPM. When it comes to horsepower, the Ridgeline has a slight edge, producing 280 horsepower compared to the Tacoma's 278 horsepower. However, the Tacoma transmits power to the wheels better, offering 265 lb-ft of torque, edging out the Ridgeline's 262 lb-ft of torque.

Even though the engines in both these vehicles offer the performance you need, the superior power transmission of the Tacoma puts it on top in yet another category.

Test Drive the 2016 Toyota Tacoma

In 2016, two trucks, the Toyota Tacoma and the Honda Ridgeline, have battled it out to be at the top of their class. However, in a competition there can be only one winner, and the clear choice for this year's best truck is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Offering unparalleled towing, handling, and performance, the Tacoma is the only truck consumers in Lawrence, South Brunswick, and Freehold should consider.

To test drive the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, contact Dayton Toyota today. Our team can help connect you with a great Toyota. No other dealership is as committed to you as Dayton Toyota, and we look forward to working with you.

Learn more about the 2016 Toyota Tacoma by reading our vehicle review here.

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