Honda Pilot vs Honda Passport

October 29th, 2020 by

Midsize Honda SUV Comparison:  Honda Pilot vs Honda Passport

When comparing different SUVs and crossovers, the Honda SUV lineup is hard to beat. At Honda of Champaign, we offer a wide range of new SUV models, from compact to midsize Honda Crossovers. Our two popular midsize SUVs are the Honda Pilot and the Honda Passport, and we have provided our customers with comparison of the two Honda SUVs below. Though both are versatile, stylish, and prepared to make your commutes easy and enjoyable, how do you know which one will better suit your needs? When choosing the one that’s best for your needs and budget, our sales team is available to help, but we understand that you will want to do some research before visiting our Honda dealership, located at 100 Burwash Ave. in Savoy.

What is the pricing difference between the Honda Pilot and the Honda Passport?

Staying within budget is a big buying factor when choosing a new Honda SUV. While it is important to get the performance and features that you need in a Honda SUV, we know that it is equally important to stay within the pricing to fit your budget. The Pilot and the Honda Passport are both classed as midsize crossover SUVs. They have identical wheelbases, but the Honda Pilot is the longer of the two by six and a half inches. Even though the Pilot is bigger and can accommodate up to eight passengers, the smaller Honda Passport, that seats up to five passengers, is the more expensive of the pair, but not by much. The Passport has a starting MSRP of $32,590, while $32,250 is starting MSRP for the Honda Pilot. As we said, it’s not a big difference, but if you’re shopping on a very tight budget it could be a consideration.

How do these Honda SUVs compare in Performance?

The Pilot and the Passport use Honda’s excellent 3.5-liter V6 engine, which makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. This engine is powerful, smooth and particularly quiet, and all-wheel-drive models can be reasonably good off-road, perfect for everything from daily commutes or weekend adventures. The Passport’s engine offers a 9-speed automatic transmission featuring shift-by-wire technology and paddle shifters. This presents you with a customizable way to shift. In the Pilot, a 6-speed automatic transmission is standard; however, a 9-speed drivetrain is available in higher trims, also included with the shift-by-wire addition. The extra length and weight of the Pilot could mean the shorter, lighter Passport will feel slightly nimbler, but there is not much difference otherwise.

Which Midsize Honda SUV offers more technology?

Each SUV model provides plenty of standard technology. The Pilot comes with plenty of features, such as:

  • Power sliding second row, 
  • 3-zone climate control, 
  • Heated steering wheel, 
  • Heated and ventilated front seats, 
  • Heated second row seats, 
  • Retractable sun-shades integrated into the second-row door panels, 
  • Power rear liftgate, 
  • Single-pane sunroof with an optional sunroof at the rear, 
  • Unique “Cabin Talk” public address system that allows front seat passengers (parents) to address rear-seat passengers (kids) through the vehicle’s speakers. 

The Passport is available with all of these key features, except for the power-sliding second row, panoramic sunroof and PA system. Depending on the needs of the family, or the individual driver, there are plenty of options available to create the driving experience you want.

How do the interior and exterior designs compare in these Honda SUVs?

If you’re in need of a large amount of interior space, the Honda Pilot is the choice for many families. This SUV fits comfortably up to eight people with an ample 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. Along with tons of seating arrangements depending on the trim levels, a max cargo space of up to 109 cubic feet is available. This model is a perfect blend for traveling companions or transporting larger items. If you are in the market for a sporty SUV, but do not need the added room, the Passport may be your choice. Within 115.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, you’ll be able to seat up to five people comfortably. Additionally, with up to 100.7 cubic feet of cargo, you’ll have plenty of room in the back for long vacation luggage, or even short commutes with packages. 
The exterior front and rear views of these two popular Honda crossovers look reasonably different when comparing the two parked next to each other. The Passport definitely looks sportier, and more youthful. At the front of the Passport, there’s a larger mesh grille and a bumper that comes up to meet it in the middle. The extra height and shorter length of the Passport mean it’s more SUV than the Pilot, which from some angles can look like a tall wagon. At the rear, it’s a similar story, although the differences could be more noticeable to casual observers than those at the front. The tailgate of the Honda Pilot has backup lamps integrated into it, while the Honda Passport chooses to incorporate them into the rear bumper instead.

Visit Honda of Champaign offers to compare these models in person!

If your buying decision for a new midsize SUV is based on ultimate practicality, flexibility and utility, the Honda Pilot is definitely the preferred option. However, if a third-row seat isn’t needed, and if you’re more concerned about how your vehicle looks, many customers choose the Honda Passport. Call our Sales department today if you have any questions or would like to schedule a convenient test drive. We’re here to serve all drivers in the Champaign, Savoy, Urbana, Danville, and the surrounding communities with the best of customer care and service! 

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