Honda sells a whole lot of SUVs, and its lineup hasn't even been as jam packed as many of its competitors. The 2019 Honda Passport, a mid-size two-row SUV, remedies that. Revealed at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show, the Passport is a shortened Pilot for people who want something with a little more pizazz. Italics are necessary, because while the Passport is sharper with more sporting edges than the Pilot, it still doesn't strike us as a car many will look twice at in traffic.
The Passport is also wading into a pretty large field of both veterans and newcomers. We decided to stack up a few of its competitors — the Chevy Blazer, Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Murano — in this comparison to see where it lands in the numbers game. We'll take a look at everything including power, torque, towing, ground clearance, passenger room, cargo space, fuel economy and pricing. Cue the chart.
PowertrainThe Passport only has one engine option, Honda's trusty 3.5-liter V6. You can find this engine in both the Pilot and Ridgeline, and we like it in all its applications. But if you're looking for something more affordable or more frugal, you're out of luck. The Passport is one of just two that offer just one engine option. Most of the others have two choices, and Jeep even offers three.
Compared with similar engine options, the Passport is pretty middling. The Ford Edge ST's turbo V6 makes the most power and torque at 335 ponies and 380 pound-feet. Next up is the Blazer, the only other to break 300 horsepower, and then the 295-horsepower Grand Cherokee. The Passport does beat the V6 Murano and the turbocharged Santa Fe, though.