Tacoma vs Frontier vs Gladiator vs Ridgeline: The Quickest Midsize Truck (Probably) ISN’T What You Think!

All four of these midsized pickups sport a V6 and 4x4/AWD automatics.

Tacoma vs Frontier vs Gladiator vs Ridgeline: The Quickest Midsize Truck (Probably) ISN'T What You Think!
Don’t worry about that 4Runner in the thumbnail — we do have a Toyota Tacoma! (Image: TFLtruck)

Tacoma, Frontier, Gladiator, Ridgeline Speed Test? How TFL.

Deep in the heart of Texas, Roman and André were able to get their hands on the top off-road spec 2022 model-year midsized trucks in the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Jeep Gladiator, and Honda Ridgeline. In TFL-land that only means one thing: a 0-60 mph smackdown. Yes, we know many of you refuse to consider the Honda Ridgeline a true truck, but we don’t buy it. Here’s how all four contenders

Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail Edition

  • $51,010 as tested
  • 3.6L V6 with 285 hp, 260 lb-ft. torque
  • 8-speed automatic
  • TFL’s Take: The off-road champ of the bunch
  • 0-60 time: 8.51 seconds

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

  • $47,760 as tested
  • 3.5L V6 with 278 hp, 265 lb-ft. torque
  • 6-speed automatic
  • TFL’s Take: Aging, but dependable
  • 0-60 time: 8.47 seconds

Nissan Frontier Pro-4X

  • $44,315 as tested
  • 3.8L V6 with 310 hp, 281 lb-ft. torque
  • 9-speed automatic
  • TFL’s Take: Newest of the bunch and feels it
  • 0-60 time: 8.46 seconds

Honda Ridgeline HPD (AWD)

  • $40,860
  • 3.5L V6 with 280 hp, 262 lb-ft. torque
  • 9-speed automatic
  • TFL’s Take: Spacious interior, payload champ
  • 0-60 time: 7.40 seconds

The take away

Honestly, we were shocked at how close the Toyota, Jeep, and Nissan came to each other. Less than 0.05 seconds separated them, which if we’re being honest, can come down to the different grade in the road, the wind, how much gas was in each tank. And the Ridgeline? It’s just faster, rides better thanks to its 4-wheel independent suspension, is more spacious inside and has nearly 500 pounds more payload than the Tacoma TRD Pro. That’s a truck. Period. To see this smackdown for yourself, check the video below: