2019 Honda Passport vs. 2018 Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Passport deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Passport’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

To help make backing safer, the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Passport and the AMG GLE 43 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Passport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG GLE 43 Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Reliability

The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the AMG GLE 43 Coupe has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 2 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Passport AWD gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (19 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/22 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’s fuel efficiency. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Passport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Passport has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

The Passport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

For greater off-road capability the Passport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (8.1 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Honda Passport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 750 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

The Passport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Passport has .9 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 23 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 60.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Passport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Passport Touring/Elite’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Passport has a standard rear wiper. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Passport has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The Passport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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