2019 Honda Passport vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Edge vs GMC Terrain vs Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Honda Passport vs The Competition

Joining the growing family of Honda SUVs for 2019 is the all-new, off-road ready Passport. With proven performance capabilities ranging from a potent V6 engine to capable all-wheel drive, the Passport has everything you need to take your adventures further. Rugged styling, connected tech features, and a uniquely versatile interior are only a few reasons why the Honda Passport is a hit with drivers searching for the perfect SUV.

Still not convinced that the Passport is the right choice for you? Germain Honda of Ann Arbor has assembled this in-depth comparison in which the Passport goes up against some of its biggest rivals including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge, GMC Terrain, and the Chevrolet Equinox. Let’s take a closer look at how the Honda Passport measures up against the competition.


Honda Passport vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2019 Honda Passport Sport 2WD VS 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4X2
$33,035 ✓ MSRP* (including destination charges) $33,440
9 ✓ Transmission Speeds 8
20 ✓ City MPG** 19
22 ✓ Combined MPG** 21
20 inches ✓ Wheel Size 17 inches
LED ✓ Headlight Type Halogen
Standard w/Separate Controls ✓ Rear HVAC Not Available
Standard, Keyfob ✓ Remote Start Optional
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
Power 8-Way w/2-Way Lumbar ✓ Driver’s Seat Adjustability 4-Way Manual
100.7 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Capacity 68.3 cubic feet

The first competitor to challenge the Honda Passport is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Right from the start, the Passport enjoys a slight price advantage when comparing starting MSRPs with destination charges included. It also comes with a more sophisticated 9-speed automatic transmission which helps the Passport deliver superior city and combined MPG ratings as compared to the Grand Cherokee. The savings only continue to add up by choosing the Honda.

You’ll receive larger 20-inch alloy wheels for a commanding stance on the road. Also standard, LED headlights provide superior visibility and greater longevity than the halogen units fitted to the Jeep. A standard remote start system activates from the keyfob of the Passport, ensuring you’ll always enter an SUV that’s just the right temperature for your preferences. Rear HVAC controls, something you won’t find on the Grand Cherokee, help keep rear-seat occupants comfortable as well.

2019 Honda Passport Interior

Adaptive Cruise Control found on the Honda Passport is great for safely maintaining following distance on the highway. You can’t get this feature on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In terms of support and driving position, the Passport comes standard with power 8-way adjustability including 2-way lumbar support for the driver. Jeep drivers will have to settle for only 4 adjustments from the Grand Cherokee’s manual seats. A massive 100.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity also helps make the Honda Passport the better choice for drivers who take extended weekend vacations. Grand Cherokee owners will be forced to pack light due to only 68.3 cubic feet of cargo space.


Honda Passport vs Ford Edge

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Ford Edge
2019 Honda Passport Sport AWD VS 2019 Ford Edge SEL AWD
$34,395 ✓ MSRP* (including destination charges) $36,390
3.5-Liter V6 ✓ Engine 2.0-Liter I4
280 ✓ Horsepower 250
9 ✓ Transmission Speeds 8
20 inches ✓ Wheel Size 18 inches
HomeLink ✓ Garage Door Transmitter Optional
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Optional
7 ✓ Number of Speakers 6
Standard ✓ Rear HVAC Controls Not Available
100.7 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Capacity 73.4 cubic feet

Next up to go up against the Honda Passport is the Ford Edge. While both models come equipped with all-wheel drive, the Ford Edge is $1,995 more expensive than the Passport. Let’s see how much (or how little) Ford owners will get by choosing the Edge.

In terms of performance, the Passport comes standard with a much larger and much more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine which produces 30 more horsepower than the smaller 4-cylinder found on the Edge. The Honda Passport also comes with a 9-speed transmission for a greater range of power delivery and quicker response.

2019 Honda Passport Cargo Capacity

The Passport wears stylish 20-inch alloy wheels, a full 2-inches larger in diameter than the 18-inch wheels included on the Edge SEL. Other great features such as a HomeLink garage door transmitter and adaptive cruise control will force Ford shoppers to shell out additional cash instead of receiving them as standard on the Passport.

A greater number of speakers inside the cabin of the Honda Passport provide a superior listening experience. As we’ve noted previously, rear HVAC controls let back seat occupants customize their individual climate preferences. The Passport also offers 27.3 cubic feet of additional cargo capacity over the Ford Edge — perfect for squeezing that extra suitcase when packing for your next adventure.


Honda Passport vs GMC Terrain

2019 Honda Passport
2019 GMC Terrain
2019 Honda Passport EX-L AWD VS 2019 GMC Terrain Denali AWD
$39,355 ✓ MSRP* (including destination charges) $40,695
280 HP / 262 LB-FT ✓ Horsepower / Torque 252 HP / 260 LB-FT
Regular Unleaded ✓ Recommended Fuel Premium Unleaded
20-inches ✓ Wheel Size 19-inches
Standard ✓ Sunroof Optional
Standard ✓ Rear HVAC Not Available
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Optional
Collision Mitigation Braking System w/ Forward Collision Warning ✓ Intelligent Brake Assist Optional
Power ✓ Front Seat Recline Manual
100.7 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Volume 63.3 cubic feet

Third on our list of competitors to go up against the Honda Passport is the GMC Terrain. Comparing mid to upper-level trims equipped with all-wheel drive, the Passport still retains a sizeable $1,340 price advantage over the Terrain.

Comparing performance figures, the Passport has the advantage in both horsepower and torque numbers. Even with greater power than the Terrain, the Passport uses regular unleaded fuel which saves you money as compared to the premium fuel required by the GMC. Honda also equips the Passport EX-L with larger 20-inch wheels than those found on the Terrain Denali.

2019 Honda Passport Display Audio

A standard power first-row sunroof inside the Passport lets you fill its cabin with fresh air and sunlight. You’ll be forced to pay extra for this great feature on the Terrain. Standard rear HVAC controls and a power front seat recline function add to the superior comfort of the Passport as well. The Terrain simply cannot come close to the cavernous 100.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity found inside the Honda Passport.

Cutting-edge driver-assistive technologies which come standard on the Passport include adaptive cruise control and the Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning. Giving you greater peace of mind behind the wheel, both of these are expensive options at GMC.


Honda Passport vs Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Chevrolet Equinox
2019 Honda Passport Sport AWD VS 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Premier w/1LZ AWD
$34,935 MSRP* (including destination charges) $34,095
3.5-Liter V6 ✓ Engine Size 1.5-Liter Turbocharged I4
280 HP / 262 LB-FT ✓ Horsepower / Torque 170 HP / 203 LB-FT
9-Speed Automatic ✓ Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Optional
Standard ✓ Rear HVAC Not Available
20-inches ✓ Wheel Size 18-inches
7 ✓ Number of Speakers 6
100.7 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Capacity 63.9 cubic feet

Last but certainly not least, the Chevrolet Equinox is the final challenger to face off against the Honda Passport. While they share nearly identical starting prices, the Equinox seems at first to have a slight advantage. Let’s see how far the negligible savings takes us.

When it comes to performance capabilities, the Chevrolet Equinox is not able to compete with the muscle of the Honda Passport. The Equinox comes with a tiny 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder which isn’t up to the task of powering an SUV. The Passport, on the other hand, comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 which produces 110 more horsepower along with 59 additional lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic found on the Chevrolet is far less advanced than the 9-speed automatic included on the Passport.

2019 Honda Passport Drive Modes

As we’ve pointed out in previous comparisons, the Honda Passport comes standard with adaptive cruise control and rear HVAC controls. You’ll have to pay extra for adaptive cruise and rear HVAC is not offered at all on the Equinox. Larger wheels, a greater number of speakers, and a far greater cargo capacity round out the advantages of choosing the Honda Passport over the Chevrolet Equinox.


2019 Honda Passport Exterior Rear

Winner — Honda Passport

Now that we’ve crunched the numbers and tallied the results, the clear winner of this competitive comparison is the Honda Passport. The competition from Jeep, Ford, GMC, and Chevrolet simply cannot compete with the performance, capabilities, versatility, and premium standard features found on the Passport. Ready to experience the Honda Passport for yourself? Our team at Germain Honda of Ann Arbor is standing by to introduce you to the Passport and help you select the right model for your budget and lifestyle.

DISCLAIMERS:

*(Honda vehicles) MSRP includes $1,045.00 destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, options, and accessories. Dealers set own prices.

**20 city/25 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.