2019 Honda Passport vs. 2019 Hyundai Tucson

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

Both the Passport and the Tucson 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 24 percent more Honda dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it 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 Tucson have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine

The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 116 more horsepower (280 vs. 164) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 99 more horsepower (280 vs. 181) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited’s standard 2.4 DOHC 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 Tucson doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Passport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tucson doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Passport has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tucson (19.5 vs. 16.4 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 Tucson 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 a seven-speed automatic is available for the Tucson.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Passport

Tucson

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Tucson (245/50R20 vs. 225/60R17). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Tucson (265/45R20 vs. 245/45R19).

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 Tucson SE/Value’s standard 60 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the Tucson (110.9 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Tucson.

For greater off-road capability the Passport has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (8.1 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Passport has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Tucson uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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

Passenger Space

The Passport has 13.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tucson (115.9 vs. 102.2).

The Passport has .5 inches more front headroom, 3.5 inches more front hip room, 4.9 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and 6.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Tucson with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 31 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Tucson with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 61.9 cubic feet).

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

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

Towing

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

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and climate settings. The Tucson doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Tucson doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Tucson’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 Tucson 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 Tucson’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 Tucson offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited.

Both the Passport and the Tucson offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Passport has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Tucson doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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

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