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Honda Pilot vs. Passport: Which SUV Is the Best?

Honda Pilot vs Passport

Honda Pilot vs Passport

If you are a Honda fan looking for a roomy family crossover SUV, Honda offers you two outstanding choices larger than its top-selling CR-V.

The Pilot has three rows and is widely considered a benchmark in its segment. Honda also offers the two-row Passport.

Although the number of rows is the primary difference between these two, there is more to the story.

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Honda Pilot vs. Passport Comparison

Specification / Capacity

Pilot2021 Honda PilotPassport2021 Honda Passport
Number of Seats
7 or 8
5
Length/Width/Height
(Includes Mirrors and Roof Bars)
196.5 / 78.6 / 70.6 in.
190.5 / 78.6 / 72.2 in.
Wheelbase Length
111 in.
110.98 in.
Minimum Ground Clearance
7.3 in.
8.1 in.
Passenger Volume
152.9 cu. ft.
115.9 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume
(Behind Third Row/Second Row/First Row)
16.5 / 55.9 / 109 cu. ft.
50.5 / 100.7 cu. ft.
(only has 2 rows)
Towing Capacity
Up to 5,000 pounds
Up to 5,000 pounds
Engine Horsepower
280 HP
280 HP
Spare Tire
Compact 
Compact

Honda Pilot Right for YouIs the Honda Pilot Right For You?

The Pilot was intended mostly as an all-weather, three-row family vehicle. The Pilot competes quite successfully against the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer in a segment that is very important to automakers.

Those who don’t want a minivan often look to the Pilot and find the perfect vehicle for their needs.

Is the Honda Passport Right For You?

The Honda Passport is not just a two-row Pilot, though there are many similarities on the specification page. Honda built the Passport to fill two roles:

  1. Honda Passport Right for YouThe Passport is more off-road capable than any other Honda, arguably even more rugged than the Ridgeline pickup, which is no creampuff.
  2. Honda wanted to offer shoppers a two-row SUV with outstanding cargo capability and towing ability that went beyond the CR-V’s capabilities.

Honda achieved both goals and has made good use of the shared platform to offer shoppers a choice they would otherwise not have had.

The Tale of the Tape

Honda Pilot TapeBoth the Honda Pilot and Passport are available in either front or all-wheel drive. Our specifications above all list the AWD versions. At a glance, it is easy to see that the Pilot is a longer vehicle. The third row adds about six inches of length overall. The Pilot also has a larger overall cargo volume with both rear seat rows folded. However, 101 cubic feet is a LOT of space, and the Passport feels massive inside when you drop its second row to do some cargo hauling. 

The Passport has a bit more ground clearance than the Pilot. In fact, it has more than the Ridgeline pickup does. Those who head down some access roads to boat launches will appreciate that.

Also, the Passport has better approach and departure angles than the Pilot. That means it can go up and down steeper slopes.

Pricing

Honda Passport PriceIn 2WD, both the Pilot and Passport start at just under $34K, including destination charges. All-wheel drive trims start at just under $36K. 

The EX-L trim is well-known to most Honda fans and owners. It is the “value trim” in the Honda lineup. The EX-L AWD Passport has a price of $39,985, and the EX-L AWD Pilot has a price of $41,835. The top trim Passport Elite has a price of $45,355, and the top trim Pilot Black Edition has a price of $51,395.

As you might have guessed, the extra size and added row aren’t free in the Pilot.

Current Honda Pilot & Passport Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2021HondaPilot0.00%$309/month for 36 months, $3,299 due at signing7/6/2021
YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2021HondaPassport$1,250 0.00%$309/month for 36 months, $2,999 due at signing7/6/2021

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Honda Pilot FuelEPA Fuel Economy

The Honda Passport and Pilot have nearly identical fuel economy numbers. The Passport has a 1 MPG disadvantage over the Pilot. The AWD Pilot is rated at 22 MPG, and the AWD Passport has a 21 MPG Combined rating. The FWD trims have a slightly higher rating.

Notable is that neither the Passport nor Pilot have a hybrid powertrain like the Toyota Highlander does.

Safety

Neither the Pilot nor Passport have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award in 2021. The problem is that both have only an “Acceptable” rating for a key crash test, the small frontal overlap passenger-side test. Each model comes standard with active driver-assist technology, including automatic emergency braking.

Honda Passport SafetyWhich Is Better, The Honda Pilot or Passport?

Shoppers interested in a two-row SUV from Honda will find the Passport to be larger and more off-road capable than the CR-V.

Those shoppers who need a three-row SUV with either seven or eight seats will find the Pilot fits the bill.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which one is better, the Honda Pilot or Passport?

It depends on your needs, but the Passport is suitable for those looking for an off-road capable two-row SUV, and the Pilot is better for those looking for a three-row SUV that seats seven or eight.

Which one seats more, the Honda Pilot or Passport?

The Honda Passport seats up to 5 people, while the Honda Pilot can seat up to 7 or 8 people.

Which is bigger, the Honda Pilot or Passport?

The Honda Pilot is the bigger vehicle between the two because of the extra third row. The Pilot also has a larger overall cargo volume with both rear seat rows folded. However, 101 cubic feet is a LOT of space, and the Passport feels massive inside when you drop its second row to do some cargo hauling.

Which costs less, the Honda Pilot or Passport?

In 2WD, both the Pilot and Passport start at just under $34K, including destination charges. All-wheel drive trims start at just under $36K. The Passport is a bit cheaper compared to the Honda Pilot.