Honda Passport vs Competitors
Resurrected after a long hiatus, the Honda Passport has returned for the 2019 model year as one of the most exciting vehicles in its class. Drivers with active lifestyles appreciate the Passport for its comfortable and spacious interior, great off-road ability, and overall versatility. As the smaller sibling to the Honda Pilot, the Passport emphasizes second-row comfort and does it well. With so much to like about the ’19 Passport, it’s hard to find reason to look elsewhere. But, it does have some worthwhile competition, such as the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, Subaru Outback, and Nissan Murano. Let’s take a look at how the Passport stacks up to the competition.
Performance and Fuel Economy
The Passport’s base engine is a reliable 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 that punches out a powerful 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque; its partner is a unique nine-speed automatic transmission. In comparison, the base engines on the Edge and Murano only put out 250 horsepower and 260 horsepower, respectively. The Blazer (193 hp) and Outback (175 hp) trail far behind with their base horsepower. All Outbacks come with AWD, but the Passport offers the choice of either FWD (for a lower sticker price) or AWD on all trims. In contrast, the Blazer’s two lowest trims are only available with front-wheel drive. Competitors have similar fuel economy, but the Passport still gets better city gas mileage than the Blazer and Edge.
If you are looking for a spacious vehicle, then the Passport is the right choice for you. It is the widest vehicle in the class, which gives it outstanding passenger shoulder room. It also features some of the best front and second-row headroom and legroom in the class. It has over 8.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Blazer, which has the least passenger space in the class. In addition, the Passport has the most cargo space in the class by a considerable margin. To put it into perspective, the Passport has two more cubic feet than the second-place Edge with the seats up and 4.5 more cubic feet with the seats down. The Outback, with just a fraction of a cubic foot less interior volume than the Edge, is equally tight.
Like a few of its competitors, the Passport received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for exceptional results in government-issued collision tests. In addition to great collision protection, the Passport comes standard with a fantastic package of driver-assistive technology, known as Honda Sensing. It bundles advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane keep assist. Although the base Outback has a similar standard package, other competitors such as the Edge and Blazer do not include adaptive cruise control with their standard safety features. In fact, the Blazer and Murano require you to upgrade to higher trim levels to receive nearly all driver-assist features. The Passport also comes standard with an overhead camera view, which is uncommon for non-luxury vehicles.