Honda Passport vs Competitors for Sale in West Springfield, MA
You can call it a crossover or you can call it an SUV: the 2020 Honda Passport has attributes of both. Although the Passport nameplate was used in the past, the version that was reincarnated for the 2019 model year is a different vehicle in some significant ways, beyond the expected modernization. It has a spacious interior with plenty of passenger and cargo space, one of the most powerful engines in the class, and extensive standard equipment, including advanced active safety technology. That said, the competition is nothing to scoff at, as the 2020 Passport goes against popular and capable rivals such as the Toyota 4Runner, Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, and Nissan Murano. Below, we’ll look in to how the 2020 Honda Passport stacks up against this tough competition.
The 2020 Honda Passport starts off at $31,990 for the Sport trim, while the top-tier Elite trim begins at $43,780. These prices are about average for the class, meaning that you can expect to pay similar amounts for most of these listed vehicles. The 4Runner, though, stands out as the most expensive vehicle with a base MSRP of $36,120.
Mechanical Features and Fuel Economy
All 2020 Honda Passport models get the same powertrain: a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission. This engine makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, which is stronger than the base powerplants of all of the competing vehicles mentioned on this page. The Sport, EX-L, and Touring trims come standard with front-wheel drive but are available with all-wheel drive, while the Elite trim gets all-wheel drive as standard. The 2020 Honda Passport isn’t just powerful, it is also fuel efficient. It gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, which beats out its most trail-ready rival, the 4Runner, which only gets up to 16 mpg city/19 mpg highway.
The rugged 2020 Passport is also Honda’s best vehicle to take into the dust or mud – which you probably ought not try with the Edge or Murano. While the truck-based 4Runner is built more specifically for off-roading, its ride over asphalt suffers for it. The Passport’s all-wheel drive and intelligent traction management let you leave the pavement behind for some relatively easy driving over rocks and trails (but you should put on all-terrain tires first, as the factory tires are tuned more for fuel economy). Plus, it can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is the same as the 4Runner’s max but more than the Blazer, Edge, or Murano can handle.
Unlike the RAV4, the 2020 Honda Passport received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its exceptional crashworthiness and overall safety. The model was also awarded a 2019 Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS); the 4Runner, Blazer, and Murano failed to earn this accolade. While some competitors don’t give their base models many driver-assist technologies, the 2020 Honda Passport is loaded with them. The Honda Sensing standard active safety package includes a complete array of driver aids, many of which you won’t find on the base models of the rivals. The Murano and Blazer, for instance, lack a lane keeping assist system and automatic high beams on their lowest-priced trims. The base Edge doesn’t get adaptive cruise control or road departure mitigation.
*(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).
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