2019 Honda Passport vs the Competition

Passport

The two newest additions to the ever-growing two-row midsize SUV market are the 2019 Chevy Blazer and the 2019 Honda Passport, joining established models like the Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Nissan Murano. Let’s take a hard look at these midsize SUVs and see how the new Honda Passport compares to the competition.


Powertrain


The standard engine in the Passport is Honda's durable, powerful 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6. The same engine is fitted to the larger Pilot and Ridgeline, and it’s proven its worth as an extremely reliable performer.


Comparing base engines, the Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevy Blazer both come in under 200 horsepower. The Ford Edge four-cylinder turbo makes 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Next up is the Murano, with 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. The Jeep Grand Cherokee tops the list at 295 horsepower from its 3.6-liter V6, a tad higher than the Passport, but both engines deliver about the same amount of torque – the key to quick acceleration from a stop and for towing up a grade.


Transmissions and Drivetrain


In our comparison, we found that almost all of crossovers compared are fitted with traditional automatic transmissions, with eight-speed units in the Ford, Hyundai and Jeep, and nine-speed units in the Blazer and Passport. Nissan is the exception, which uses a CVT that has received mixed reviews. Most of these crossovers offer buyers a choice of two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, except for the four-cylinder Blazer, which is available only with front drive. 

Dimensions and Interior Space


The Honda Passport is the widest, followed by the Blazer, giving the Passport the greatest width across the cabin. If your primary concern is carrying the most cargo, the Passport is the by far the most spacious. With all the seats in their full upright position, the Honda offers two more cubic feet than the second place Ford Edge, and with the seats down, it has 4.5 more cubes than the Edge, which still occupies second place.


Technology


Let’s look at how these midsize SUVs these compare with a few key standard features. One of the big ones on the Passport is the standard Honda Sensing suite, which includes adaptive cruise and lane keep assist. Ford also made its suite of driver assistance features standard, but adaptive cruise is not included in this feature set.


You might expect the Grand Cherokee to be similarly equipped, but it’s not. Nearly all of the Hyundai its driver assistance features are standard at its base price too, but like the Ford Edge, the important adaptive cruise feature is not part of it. Important safety features like adaptive cruise, lane-keeping, and advanced cameras require higher trim levels or option packages on the Blazer. In addition to its superior suite of driver assistance aides, Honda also offers an overhead camera view standard for all trims of the Passport, a convenient feature typically seen only on more luxurious vehicles.


Stop in and take a tour of Mel Rapton Honda’s new Honda inventory and learn more about the 2019 Honda Passport. We’ll explain further how the Passport beat out its rivals in the areas most important to midsize SUV buyers.


Sources:

https://automobiles.honda.com/passport/, https://www.chevrolet.com/suvs/blazer-sporty-suv, https://www.ford.com/suvs-crossovers/edge/, https://www.jeep.com/grand-cherokee.html, https://www.hyundaiusa.com/santa-fe/index.aspx, https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/crossovers-suvs/murano.html