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2019 Honda Passport

Starting Price: $33,035 | Price Yours

Above Average: Interior room, off-road ability, ride and handling, standard driver assist features

Below Average: Price, narrow rear door openings, weak fuel economy, high cargo bay lift-over height

Consensus: A smaller, more off-road friendly version of the Pilot offering great interior room, handling and power, but also a steep price tag.

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Starting Price: $29,995 | Price Yours

Above Average: Expressive styling, quiet interior, affordable base price, ride and handling

Below Average:  AWD not offered with 4-cylinder, best driver assists features only offered on most expensive trims, price climbs quickly with add-ons, doesn’t live up to the original Blazer’s off-road ability

Consensus:  The 2019 Blazer is a smartly styled urban SUV with good handling, good fuel economy and a nice interior, but it’s no rock crawler.

The 2019 Honda Passport is built off the Honda Pilot platform, and as such shares most of its mechanical and interior styling. However, the Passport gets a more aggressive exterior, better suspension and steering tuning, more ground clearance and more capable off-road ability. The optional i-VTM4 all-wheel drive system features torque vectoring for improved cornering on dry pavement, and a multi-mode terrain setting for off-road adventures. The 3.5-liter V6 delivers 280 horsepower and is mated to one of the smoothest and most responsive 9-speed automatics we’ve tested. Acceleration is impressive and the idle start/stop system’s operation is nearly imperceptible.

Inside the Honda Passport there is generous headroom and hip room, as well as a pretty big cargo area. However, a high cargo floor means you’ll have to do some heavy lifting to get stuff in there. The Passport’s interior is comfortable in all the right places, although the rear doors don’t swing out wide enough, making it more cumbersome to fit in things like a child safety seat. Standard driver assists such as automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control, give the Passport a leg up on many competitors, but also bumps up the base price.

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer shares its platform with the Cadillac XT5, meaning those hoping for the off-road ruggedness of the Blazer’s namesake will be sorely disappointed. For everyone else, the Blazer offers 5-passenger seating in what may be one of the most aggressive looking SUVs in its segment.

Power comes from a fuel-efficient 193-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, although if you want all-wheel drive you’ll have to move up to the optional 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Like the Passport, the upper level Blazer trims feature an advanced torque vectoring all-wheel drive system, as well as more advanced driver assists. However, if you go with the lower trims, these systems are not offered, even as optional equipment.  

The Chevrolet Blazer has a stylish and comfortable interior, with a low lift-over height for the cargo area and plenty of cool interior features that match the expressive exterior styling. A max tow rating of 4,500 pounds is good for this class, but falls 500 pounds short of the Passport’s 5,000-pound max towing.

Honda Passport Advantages

The Passport comes standard with the HondaSensing suite of driver assists, a V6 engine and the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds. There’s more headroom inside the Passport, as well as shoulder and hip room plus more cargo space behind the second-row seat. The Passport is better equipped for off-roading and holds its value better than the Chevrolet Blazer.

Chevrolet Blazer Advantages

The Blazer offers a lower base price, a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine and more expressive styling. The Blazer’s ride is more compliant over rough pavement, and its infotainment system is a bit more flexible. You’ll also find the rear doors open wider than do the Passport’s, and the cargo bay floor is lower for easier loading.

Similarities

The Passport and Blazer both offer seating for five, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, powerful V6 engines and an advanced AWD system. They can both be equipped with advanced driver assists as well as numerous interior upgrades like wireless phone charging, heated and ventilated front seats and premium audio systems.

Final Recommendation

The Passport may cost more than the base Blazer, but it comes standard with advanced driver assist system not available on the base Blazer models. The Passport is also a better off-road vehicle, can tow more weight and offers more head room and cargo space. The Passport’s V6 isn’t as powerful as the Blazer’s, but we think it performs better. The Passport also holds its value better than the Blazer. However, if you don’t care about off-road ability, towing or advanced driver assist safety features, the Blazer offers lower-priced, more fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine and a much sportier look.

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  2019 Honda Passport 2019 Chevrolet Blazer
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm 193 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 188 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 9-spd Automatic, 9-spd
Fuel Economy 22 mpg (20 city/25 hwy) 24 mpg (22 city/27 hwy)
Also Available AWD 308 hp 3.6L V6, AWD
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5-Star n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.0 inches 112.7 inches
Overall Length 190.5 inches 191.4 inches
Width 78.6 inches 76.7 inches
Height 71.6 inches 67.0 inches
Turning Diameter 39.5 feet 38.7 feet
Headroom, Front 40.1 inches 39.8 inches
Headroom, Rear 40.1 inches 38.6 inches
Legroom, Front 40.9 inches 41.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 39.6 inches 39.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 62.0 inches 59.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 61.9 inches 58.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 115.9 cu. ft. 107.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 41.2 cu. ft. 30.5 cu. ft.
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