2017 Honda Ridgeline vs 2016 Nissan Frontier

As a prospective new car buyer, you understand firsthand just how hard it can be to find the perfect vehicle for you. Shopping for a truck is one of the most challenging segments because there are so many models and trims to choose from, so it can get confusing. That’s why our team here at Garden State Honda works to provide drivers with detailed information has to how Honda models stand up to the competition. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline has officially made its way back to the lineup. With all-new features and performance capabilities, drivers may be curious how the Ridgeline compares to other midsize trucks on the market.

This time we’re focusing on the Nissan Frontier for the comparison. In order to keep it fair, we’re going to focus on the base model of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, which is the RT. We’re going to compare this model to the 2016 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner King Cab trim because it’s most comparable in price. Let’s dig deeper to see exactly how these two compare.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline RT 2016 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner King Cab
3.5-liter V-6 Engine 4.0-liter V-6
19 city/26 hwy* MPG 16 city/22 hwy
280 Horsepower 261
Standard Rearview Camera Not available

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When it comes to performance, drivers will notice the 2016 Nissan Frontier is equipped with a larger engine. However, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is still slightly more powerful pumping out more horsepower than the Frontier. Even though the Ridgeline is more powerful, it also is slightly more fuel efficient than the Frontier overall. The Ridgeline base model is set with front-wheel drive, and the Frontier Desert Runner is set with rear-wheel drive. Both of these trucks come with automatic transmissions as standard equipment.

Turning our attention to standard safety and convenience features, these two trucks were definitely designed to impress. Both the Honda Ridgeline and the Nissan Frontier come standard with a tire pressure monitor system, cruise control, CD and MP3 player, keyless entry and privacy glass. However, there are quite a few features only standard on the Ridgeline. These include a brake assist system and child proof rear door locks as well as voice activated controls, a rearview camera, a rear window defroster, a second row split bench seat and automatic headlights.

Overall, the Ridgeline offers more passenger volume than the Frontier. With seating for five, the Ridgeline has 109.7 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Frontier has one less spot with seating for four and 87.7 cubic feet of passenger volume. Rear seat passengers in the Ridgeline will have noticeably more legroom than those in the back of the Frontier. The Ridgeline can tow up to 3,500 pounds, whereas the Frontier can haul up to 6,500 pounds.

Those interested in learning more about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline are welcome to contact our team here at Garden State Honda for more information. Drivers can get behind the wheel of this new truck by scheduling a test drive online today.

*19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD models. 18 city/25 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD models. Use for comparison purposes only. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

2017 Honda Ridgeline front grille
2017 Honda Ridgeline seating
2017 Honda Ridgeline in-bed trunk
2017 Honda Ridgeline tailgate

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