2019 Honda Passport vs. 2019 GMC Terrain

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 GMC Terrain doesn’t offer height-adjustable front 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 Terrain’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Passport and the Terrain have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, 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 Passport’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Terrain’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).


The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Terrain 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 18th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 10 places higher in reliability than GMC.


The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 110 more horsepower (280 vs. 170) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 203) than the Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 28 more horsepower (280 vs. 252) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 260) than the Terrain’s optional 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 Terrain 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 Terrain with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Passport has 4.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Terrain’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Passport has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Terrain’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 15.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Terrain (245/50R20 vs. 225/65R17). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Terrain (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 Terrain’s standard 65 series tires. The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Terrain’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Terrain. The Terrain’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Passport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Passport flat and controlled during cornering. The Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Terrain (110.9 inches vs. 107.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 4.5 inches wider in the front and 4.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Terrain.

For greater off-road capability the Passport has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain SLE (8.1 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Passport’s minimum ground clearance is .2 inch higher than on the Terrain SLT/Denali (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches).

Passenger Space

The Passport has 12.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Terrain (115.9 vs. 103.2).

The Passport has .1 inches more front headroom, 4.7 inches more front hip room, 4.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 5.5 inches more rear hip room and 6.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Terrain.

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Terrain with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 29.6 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Terrain with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

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


The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Terrain’s (3500 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the GMC Terrain is only 3500 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 Terrain’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 Terrain can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Passport Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Terrain’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 costs extra on the Terrain and isn’t available on the Terrain SL.

The Passport’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Terrain SL doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Passport Touring/Elite’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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