2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 Honda Passport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Stelvio and the Passport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Stelvio comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Passport’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshaft in the Stelvio’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Passport’s camshafts. If the Passport’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The Passport’s redline is at 6800 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Stelvio has a 5500 RPM redline.

Engine

The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio gets better fuel mileage than the Passport:

 

 

 

MPG

Stelvio

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

Passport

 

FWD

3.5 SOHC V6

20 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

3.5 SOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Stelvio’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Passport:

 

Stelvio

Passport

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Stelvio’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Passport are solid, not vented.

Suspension and Handling

The Stelvio offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Passport’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Passport’s (58% to 42%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Stelvio’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Passport AWD’s (38.5 feet vs. 39.3 feet). The Stelvio’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Passport’s (38.5 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

The Stelvio is 5.9 inches shorter than the Passport, making the Stelvio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Servicing Ease

The Stelvio uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Passport uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Passport. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Stelvio and the Passport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Stelvio is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Passport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Stelvio’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Passport’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Stelvio’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Passport’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Stelvio to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Passport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Stelvio’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite.

The Stelvio’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Passport’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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