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The Toyota Tacoma is a fun, mid-size truck, but it has never been the best in its class. The Honda Ridgeline has consistently proven year after year that it is one of the best trucks in its vehicle class. In an interesting turn of events, Toyota Tacoma sales are much higher than Honda Ridgeline sales in the third business quarter of 2021.

Why Toyota Tacoma sales have skyrocketed

A green 2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition in the sand
2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition | Toyota

Calling the Toyota Tacoma a better truck than the Honda Ridgeline isn’t easy. The numbers suggest that the Tacoma is currently the more popular mid-size truck, but the Taco has plenty of problem areas. The Honda Ridgeline, on the other hand, gets very few complaints from owners.

One of the reasons that the Toyota Tacoma is currently outselling the Ridgeline is the vehicle’s design and purpose. Though the Tacoma and Ridgeline share a vehicle class, they are very different vehicles.

It’s no secret that the Toyota Tacoma is capable off-road. The Taco is even considered a better off-roader than the trail-tacklin’ Jeep Gladiator. According to AutoEvolution, the Tacoma not only outsold the Honda Ridgeline but all its rivals. The first biggest difference between the two trucks is the price. The 2022 Honda Ridgeline starts at $36,890. The 2022 Toyota Tacoma starts at just $26,500. That’s a difference of a whopping $10,390.

One of the reasons the Tacoma outsold the Ridgeline is because it is much more affordable. America is experiencing an economic crisis as a result of the global pandemic thus, it makes sense that the cheaper truck is selling better. Consumers can buy a Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road for less than the price of a base model Honda Ridgeline Sport model. Toyota Tacoma sales eclipse Honda Ridgeline sales because the Tacoma is more affordable, more fun, and provides more value for its price.

The Honda Ridgeline is still an amazing mid-size truck

Honda Ridgeline sales aren’t touching Toyota Tacoma sales, but that doesn’t mean the Ridgeline is a bad truck. The 2022 Honda Ridgeline is still one of the best trucks in its class. Its energetic powertrain, great fuel economy, comfortable cabin, and superior ride quality separate it from most of its rivals.

The 2022 Honda Ridgeline uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes an exhilarating 280 horsepower. It gets 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. The best part about the Ridgeline is it drives like an SUV but features the utility of having a truck bed.

Should you buy a Toyota Tacoma over a Honda Ridgeline?

A blue Toyota Tacoma is on display.
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Does the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double As a Daily Driver?

If you’re looking to save money, the Toyota Tacoma is probably the better buy. The Tacoma can have reliability issues, but Tacos are also known to survive for as long as 300,00 miles. The Honda Ridgeline is still the better truck for daily driving despite the Tacoma’s many perks.

If you want a comfortable cabin and a smooth ride, you may regret buying a base model Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma is built for adventuring. Today’s consumers may value adventure over comfort when it comes to mid-size pickup trucks. Will Toyota Tacoma sales continue to rise, or will the Honda Ridgeline come back with a vengeance in the fourth business quarter?

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