2019 Honda Passport vs. 2019 Buick Envision

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 Envision’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Passport and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Envision have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 4 places higher in reliability than Buick.


The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 83 more horsepower (280 vs. 197) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 28 more horsepower (280 vs. 252) than the Envision Premium’s standard 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 Envision 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 Envision Premium requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Passport has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Envision (19.5 vs. 17.3 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 Envision doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Envision (245/50R20 vs. 225/60R18). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (265/45R20 vs. 235/50R19).

The Passport Sport/EX-L’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Envision’s standard 60 series tires. The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Envision Premium’s 50 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

The Passport has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Envision doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Envision (110.9 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

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

Passenger Space

The Passport has 15.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Envision (115.9 vs. 100.6).

The Passport has .1 inches more front headroom, 4.7 inches more front hip room, 5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 4.2 inches more rear hip room and 6.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Passport. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.


The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Envision’s (3500 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Buick Envision is only 1500 pounds. The Passport offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.


The Passport’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Envision’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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 Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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