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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 Ford Edge

Starting Price: $30,990 | Price Yours

Above Average: Powerful turbocharged engine options, Sync3 infotainment, Sporty ST trim, numerous high-tech options

Below Average:  Subdued styling, so-so resale values, 2.7-liter EcoBoost only offered with the ST trim.

Consensus:  The 2019 Ford Edge delivers big in the areas of comfort, safety, features, power and fuel economy, but it isn’t designed for off-road use and its resale figures are just average.

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, the 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 Ford Edge has quite a bit going for it. The standard 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine puts out 250 horsepower and can be swapped out for an even more powerful 335-horsepower 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, but only if you opt for the sporty ST trim. With the exception of the ST trim, the Edge’s ride and handling are fairly compliant, with nicely weighted steering and a responsive 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Edge’s styling is growing familiar, but it’s still an attractive SUV with plenty of options for upgrading both the interior and exterior. The Edge touts a modern interior that can be jammed-packed with such amenities as heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic moonroof, inflatable rear seat belts and a 12-speaker B&O sound system. Above and beyond what most SUVs in this class offer, the Edge can be equipped with a self-parking system, washers for the front and rear cameras and a multitude of cool wheel options.

Standard safety features include Ford’s Co-Pilot360 that brings automatic emergency braking, auto high beams and lane keep assist. What the Edge lacks is real off-road ability, strong resale figures and, due to the sharp angle of the rear tailgate, the ability to fit tall or bulky items without having to flip down the seats.

Honda Passport Advantages

The Passport has more horsepower than the Edge and comes standard with all-wheel drive. You’ll find more ground clearance with the Passport, and real off-road ability. The Passport offers a wider cabin and more cargo space, plus superior resale values and available wireless cell phone charging.

Ford Edge Advantages

The Edge comes in with a lower base price, better fuel economy and more available features like a panoramic moonroof, self-parking and heated and ventilated rear seats. It also offers a sporty ST trim with a more powerful engine upgrade.

Similarities

Both vehicles come standard with advanced driver assist systems, available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus a 5-Star government crash test scores. Both can be equipped with luxury features like premium audio, heated and ventilated front seats, voice activated navigation and leather seating, and both offer the same 3- year/36,000 mile warranty.

Final Recommendation

If you’re all about resale, value and interior room, the Passport is the clear winner. However, the Edge offers far more in the areas of high-tech, safety features and fuel economy; and don’t forget the powerful ST trim. The Edge makes a better urban commuter, but the Passport can venture over rough terrain, making it the better choice for those with active lifestyles.

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  2019 Honda Passport 2019 Ford Edge
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm 250 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 275 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 9-spd Automatic, 8-spd
Fuel Economy 22 mpg (20 city/25 hwy) 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy)
Also Available AWD AWD, 335 hp 2.7-liter turbo V6
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5-Star 5-Star
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.0 inches 112.2 inches
Overall Length 190.5 inches 188.8 inches
Width 78.6 inches 75.9 inches
Height 71.6 inches 68.3 inches
Turning Diameter 39.5 feet n/a
Headroom, Front 40.1 inches 40.2 inches
Headroom, Rear 40.1 inches 40.3 inches
Legroom, Front 40.9 inches 42.6 inches
Legroom, Rear 39.6 inches 40.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 62.0 inches 60.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 61.9 inches 60.5 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 115.9 cu. ft. 113.9 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 41.2 cu. ft. 39.2 cu. ft.
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