2019 Honda Passport vs. 2019 Jeep Cherokee

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

Both the Passport and the Cherokee 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, daytime running lights, 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 Cherokee 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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 7 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 100 more horsepower (280 vs. 180) and 91 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (280 vs. 270) than the Cherokee’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 9 more horsepower (280 vs. 271) and 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 239) than the Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6.

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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee 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 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (19.5 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Cherokee (245/50R20 vs. 225/60R17). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cherokee (265/45R20 vs. 245/65R17).

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 Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Cherokee Overland’s 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 Cherokee. The Cherokee’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Cherokee (110.9 inches vs. 106.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 3.7 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cherokee.

For greater off-road capability the Passport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (8.1 vs. 7.9 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 Cherokee uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

The Passport has 12.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cherokee (115.9 vs. 103.5).

The Passport has .7 inches more front headroom, 5.3 inches more front hip room, 4.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 7.4 inches more rear hip room and 6.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 24.6 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

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

Towing

The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Cherokee’s (3500 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jeep Cherokee is only 4500 pounds. The Passport offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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 Cherokee doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee’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 Cherokee 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 costs extra on the Cherokee.

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