2017 Honda Ridgeline vs. 2016 Nissan Frontier
If you’re shopping for a pickup but don’t want the bulk that comes with a full-size truck, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and 2016 Nissan Frontier are two options you should consider. These trucks combine strength, utility, and convenience and set themselves apart from competing pickups in the class with stout capabilities and smart designs.
Before you take the Honda Ridgeline or Nissan Frontier for a test drive in Denver, Centennial, or Aurora, check out Mile High Honda’s comparison between the two below. We’ll break down their features, capabilities, designs, and performances side by side so you can choose a truck that has everything you’re looking for.
Honda Ridgeline vs. Nissan Frontier: Power and Performance
Pop the hood of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and you’ll find a 280-horsepower 3.5L V6 paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. With its smooth, potent ride and EPA-estimated 19 city/26 mpg* highway rating, the Ridgeline combines power and efficiency to impress truck shoppers of many stripes.
The Frontier also offers a V6, though it only generates 261 horsepower. However, several versions only get a 152-horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder engine, which leaves much to be desired in the way of acceleration.
Though each truck delivers stout towing and off-road capabilities, some might find the Honda Ridgeline’s potent acceleration and driving dynamics more enticing.
2017 Honda Ridgeline vs. Nissan Frontier: Interior and Design
With seating for up to five and 109 cubic feet of interior space, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has functional luxury in every corner of its cabin. Its rugged exterior houses a leather-trimmed, artfully crafted cab, which offers features like a heated steering wheel, a 10-way power driver seat, and a driver seat memory setting to elevate comfort to the next level.
The 2016 Nissan Frontier only offers standard seating for four, though five-passenger configurations are available on certain trims. Inside, a bare-boned, no-frills cabin is upholstered in cloth, but the Frontier’s overall aesthetic is starting to look outdated. The 2016 Frontier also comes with tighter dimensions than the Honda Ridgeline and only offers 87.7 cubic feet of interior passenger volume. If you need a larger cab for kids or cargo, the Ridgeline might be more accommodating.
In addition to its versatile interior, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline comes with an innovative truck bed designed for premium versatility. Available options include a 150W/400W bed outlet and a truck bed audio system, which comes in handy while working outside or hosting a tailgate. A standard 7.2-cubic-foot In-Bed Trunk® with a drain plug offers extra space to stow your gear and works as an ice chest.
Test Drive a 2017 Honda Ridgeline at Mile High Honda
The 2016 Nissan Frontier delivers a strong, potent performance, but its outdated design might be a deal breaker for some midsize truck shoppers. Comparatively, the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline offers plenty of storage options, a clever truck bed, and a spacious, well-designed interior to complement its efficient, powerful performance.
If you’re shopping for a midsize truck around Denver, Aurora, or Centennial, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline might have everything you’re looking for. You can read our 2017 Honda Ridgeline review to find out more or take a test drive at Mile High Honda to decide if it’s the right truck for your driving needs.
*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.