2019 Honda Passport vs. 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country

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 V60 Cross Country’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Passport and the V60 Cross Country 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Passport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V60 Cross Country. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the V60 Cross Country ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Volvo 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 V60 Cross Country 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 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 14 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 40 more horsepower (280 vs. 240) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 258) than the V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’s fuel efficiency. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Passport has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 Cross Country (19.5 vs. 17.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Passport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the V60 Cross Country.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Passport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V60 Cross Country:

 

Passport

V60 Cross Country

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the V60 Cross Country (245/50R20 vs. 235/50R18). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V60 Cross Country (265/45R20 vs. 235/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the V60 Cross Country. The V60 Cross Country’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the V60 Cross Country (110.9 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 4.7 inches wider in the front and 4.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the V60 Cross Country.

For greater off-road capability the Passport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the V60 Cross Country (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Passport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Passport has 23.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 Cross Country (115.9 vs. 92).

The Passport has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 4.2 inches more front hip room, 5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear headroom, 6.1 inches more rear legroom, 4.2 inches more rear hip room and 6.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the V60 Cross Country.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Passport’s rear seats recline. The V60 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 28 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 43.8 cubic feet).

The V60 Cross Country’s spare tire is stored in the cargo area, where it diminishes the useable cargo capacity and interferes with loading and unloading. The Passport’s spare is out of the way under the trunk floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Passport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Passport Touring/Elite, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Volvo V60 Cross Country is limited to 3500 pounds. The Passport offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Passport Touring/Elite’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the Passport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the V60 Cross Country can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Passport Elite keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Passport Touring/Elite has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Passport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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