2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Honda Passport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Edge has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Passport doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Edge’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Passport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Passport doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Edge has a standard 175-amp alternator. The Passport’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 55 more horsepower (335 vs. 280) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge ST is faster than the Honda Passport:

Edge

Passport

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Highlander:

MPG

Edge

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

2.7 turbo V6

19 city/26 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 Edge AWD’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Passport:

Edge AWD

Edge ST

Passport

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

13 inches

The Edge ST’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.

The Edge stops much shorter than the Passport:

Edge

Passport

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Edge ST’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Passport Touring/Elite’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge ST offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Passport’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Passport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Passport (112.2 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

The Edge ST handles at .83 G’s, while the Passport Elite AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Passport Elite AWD (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Edge ST has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Passport (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Passport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the Passport Elite AWD:

Edge

Passport

At idle

37 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

68 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

65 dB

Passenger Space

The Edge has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear hip room than the Passport.

Servicing Ease

The Edge 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.

Ergonomics

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

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The Passport doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Edge’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.

The Edge’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Passport’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

The Edge Titanium/ST’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Passport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Edge and the Honda Passport, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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