2019 Dodge Journey vs. 2019 Honda Passport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Journey are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Honda Passport has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Dodge Journey offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Honda doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Passport. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; Journey owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

Both the Journey and the Passport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front wheel drive, 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 and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.

Reliability

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 19th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.

Engine

The Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 3 more horsepower (283 vs. 280) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1 gallon more fuel capacity than the Passport (20.5 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Passport (21.1 vs. 19.5 gallons).

Suspension and Handling

The Journey has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Passport’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Passport (113.8 inches vs. 111 inches).

Chassis

The Journey is 6.4 inches narrower than the Passport, making the Journey easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The Journey offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Passport can only carry 5.

The Journey has 5.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Passport (121.7 vs. 115.9).

Ergonomics

The Journey’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Passport does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Journey and the Passport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Journey 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 Journey’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 Journey’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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