2019 Honda Passport vs. 2019 BMW X6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Passport 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 BMW X6 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 X6’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 X6 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Passport and the X6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Passport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X6. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X6 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are BMW 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 engines in the X6 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Passport gets better fuel mileage than the X6:

 

 

 

MPG

Passport

 

FWD

3.5 SOHC V6

20 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

3.5 SOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

X6

 

RWD

sDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

18 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

18 city/24 hwy

 

 

xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

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 X6 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 X6 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 X6 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 X6.

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the X6.

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 X6 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 2.3 inches wider in the front than the track on the X6.

For better maneuverability, the Passport AWD’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the X6’s (39.3 feet vs. 42 feet). The Passport’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the X6’s (39.5 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The Honda Passport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 850 pounds less than the BMW X6.

The Passport is 3.3 inches shorter than the X6, making the Passport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Passport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X6 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Passport has 14.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X6 (115.9 vs. 101.4).

The Passport has .2 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 4 inches more rear legroom and 4 inches more rear shoulder room than the X6.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Passport’s rear seats recline. The X6’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X6 with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 26.6 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X6 with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 59.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Passport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X6 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The Passport has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Passport has a standard rear wiper. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 X6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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