2019 Honda Passport vs. 2019 Ford Escape

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

The Passport has a standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Escape offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the Passport and the Escape 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Escape have 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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 3 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 112 more horsepower (280 vs. 168) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 170) than the Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 101 more horsepower (280 vs. 179) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 177) than the Escape’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 35 more horsepower (280 vs. 245) than the Escape Titanium’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 Escape 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 Escape with the 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Passport has 3.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escape (19.5 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Passport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Escape.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Passport

Escape

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Escape (245/50R20 vs. 235/55R17). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escape (265/45R20 vs. 235/55R17).

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 Escape’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Escape. The Escape’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 Escape doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Escape (110.9 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 5.3 inches wider in the front and 5.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Escape.

For greater off-road capability the Passport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Escape (8.1 vs. 7.8 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 Escape doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Passport has 17.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escape (115.9 vs. 98.7).

The Passport has .2 inches more front headroom, 4.6 inches more front hip room, 6.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 4.9 inches more rear hip room and 6.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Escape.

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Escape with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 34 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Escape with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 68 cubic feet).

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

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

Towing

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

Ergonomics

The Passport’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Escape’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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 Escape can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

When the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Escape’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Passport Elite has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Escape offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Passport and the Escape offer available heated front seats. The Passport Touring/Elite also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Escape.

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 Escape doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Passport has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium.

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