With modern features, a roomy cabin and excellent safety grades, it’s no surprise that Honda’s 2020 Passport is leading the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee in a seriously crowded mid-size SUV field. The Passport beats the Jeep handily in most major categories, making it a must-drive for anyone in the market for a safe, reliable vehicle that’s built for the rock-laden trails.
If you’re shopping for a comfortable and roomy midsize crossover, this reborn Honda is pretty much the best one to get. – Edmunds.com
Let’s compare these two rugged, sporty SUVs to see why Honda’s Passport has the higher ground.
Engine, Transmission, and Drive Train
The Passport is ultimately an SUV designed to stay on asphalt, so it’s a nice, comfortable ride. However, the Passport isn’t averse to the road less traveled. Ground clearance on the Passport is a healthy 7.5″ (FWD) or 8.1” (AWD), and acceleration and handling are surprisingly nimble for an SUV with this much road-to-chassis clearance.
Honda has put the same 280-hp, 3.5 liter V-6 engine and 9-speed transmission in the 2020 Passport as they did in the larger Pilot. Though both the Passport and Grand Cherokee have a similar structure at play under the hood, the 2020 Grand Cherokee misses the mark with its standard 8-speed transmission.
Adding the AWD option on the Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with a pretty significant jump in price. The base Honda Passport Sport with AWD, on the other hand, is more affordable. MSRP across the board is lower for Honda’s SUV, in fact.
The Passport returns 20 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway*, though testers have noted that the SUV actually exceeds its fuel economy ratings in real-world testing — by about 3 mpg. Car and Driver tests bumped that up to 27/hwy mpg, or 2 more mpg than the Grand Cherokee, in a 200-mile test drive.
Those who want a big two-row crossover SUV that drives well and wears a Honda badge will be more than satisfied with the 2020 Passport…the 2020 Honda Passport beat out several popular mid-size rivals in our testing because it has the best combination of spaciousness, sportiness, and value. – Car and Driver
Safety And Reliability
Honda built their reputation on safety and reliability, and the 2020 Passport is no exception. The Passport earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and it was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Likewise, every Passport model has a host of standard driver-assistance technology, including key safety features such as:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
The Grand Cherokee did not get good results in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small-overlap front-crash testing. This poor score is offset by the optional Jeep Active Safety Package that is available on the pricier Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk models.
All Passport models come with the Honda Sensing Suite standard, a technology package that offers driver assistance on the road.
Mid-Size SUV, Big Comfort
The 2020 Honda Passport is considered a small, sporty SUV, while the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee falls into the standard-size category. Yet the Passport’s cabin is roomier than the Grand Cherokee, offering more headroom and legroom, as well as more get-comfy shoulder space in the second row (61.9 inches vs. 58 inches, respectively). Overall, the Passport has 10.9 more cubic feet of cabin space and nearly 10 more cubic feet of max storage space (77.9 cu. ft.*) compared to the Grand Cherokee (68.3 cu. ft.).
The Honda Passport’s roomy cabin features wide seats with adjustable armrests, and generous storage throughout, with bins for all those doodads that wind up in the car. It’s a more family-friendly SUV than the Jeep.
Honda has even replaced most knobs and dials with touchscreens, which are excellent upgrades over previous Honda SUV models’ digital setups. In fact, Honda Passport EX-L, Touring, and Elite trim lines have all the infotainment bells and whistles as standard, including Apple and Android connectivity, Sirius XM radio, and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. You’d have to upgrade to the Grand Cherokee Laredo E model to have Jeep’s UConnect infotainment as an added option.
Overall, the 2020 Honda Passport is hard to beat. Schedule a test drive at one of your South Florida Honda Dealers today for a first-hand experience with this superior mid-size SUV. We have some of the finest Honda SUV deals in Miami-Dade, so contact your nearest Honda dealership for details.
Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standards.
20 city/25 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 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.