2021 Honda Passport vs. Competitors

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Overview

If you’re looking for a vehicle that can literally take you off the beaten path, there’s more than one automotive segment to consider. While it’s natural to think you’ll need an SUV or pickup truck to leave the pavement, the right crossover can do the job just as well – and generally more cost-effectively. One of the most desirable entrants in this class is the 2021 Honda Passport, which is made with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. It’s a spacious vehicle with good power and a variety of standard features that will keep you comfortable and entertained on the way to and from your every adventure. Some of its most qualified competitors this model year include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Subaru Outback, Toyota 4Runner, and Ford Edge. Let’s take a closer look at how the Passport stands up against these rivals.


 

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Spaciousness and Versatility

The ’21 Passport is the most spacious vehicle in this comparison, with a maximum cargo volume of 100.8 cubic feet (in the EX-L and Touring trim levels). The Grand Cherokee offers 68.3 cu. ft., the Outback 75.7 cu. ft., the 4Runner 89.7 cu. ft., and the Edge 73.4 cu. ft. What’s more, the Passport has a unique underfloor storage compartment for stashing stuff where it can’t be seen from outside. The Grand Cherokee and Outback don’t offer this degree of versatility; plus, while a cargo management system with under-floor storage is available in the 4Runner, it’s not standard equipment. The Passport also has an easy-to-use 60/40 split rear seatback that folds down with the touch of a button to increase overall cargo space. The Grand Cherokee, Outback, and Edge don’t offer a one-touch 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback.


Performance and Capabilities

The ’21 Passport’s 3.5-liter V6 engine outperforms the 4Runner, Outback, Edge SE, and 4Runner with its 280 hp. The base Outback engine only produces 182 hp, the 4Runner 270 hp, and the Edge SE, SEL, ST-Line, and Titanium 250 hp. To top it off, the ’21 Passport has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lb. So, if you can easily pull a small trailer. If you had your sights set on the base Outback, you might be disappointed to know that it can only tow up to 2,700 pounds. Some higher-priced Outback trims and the most expensive Ford Edge can pull 3,500 lb., but that’s their max. And while the Toyota 4Runner is the most offroad-oriented vehicle mentioned here, its truck platform makes its on-pavement ride too rough for most people’s taste. The Honda Passport, on the other hand, presents a nice balance of light trail capability with the comfortable daily driving quality of a crossover.


Comfort and Convenience

Unlike the 4Runner, Outback, Edge, and Grand Cherokee, the ’21 Passport comes with standard remote engine start. With this, you’ll be able to conveniently warm or cool your vehicle before entering. Also, the ’21 Passport gets standard tri-zone automatic climate control, a feature that you won’t be able to enjoy in the 4Runner, Outback, Edge, and Grand Cherokee. The ’21 Passport has an Intelligent Traction Management system with Snow, Sand, and Mud drive modes so you can drive with more confidence as well. The Outback, 4Runner, and Edge don’t have a standard traction management system. Adaptive cruise control is standard in the ’21 Passport, too. It’s not offered with the Grand Cherokee, and it’s an added-cost option in the Ford Edge.


 

*(NHSTA) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).