2019 Honda Passport vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Land Rover Discovery Sport doesn’t offer height-adjustable 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 Discovery Sport’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Passport and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Passport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Honda dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much 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 Discovery Sport 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 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 43 more horsepower (280 vs. 237) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 251) than the Discovery Sport’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 Discovery Sport 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 Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Passport has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (19.5 vs. 18.5 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 Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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

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 Discovery Sport SE’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Discovery Sport SE.

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 Discovery Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (110.9 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 3 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Discovery Sport.

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 Discovery Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Passport has 4.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom and 5.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Discovery Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 34.6 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Discovery Sport with all its rear seats folded (77.9 vs. 62.8 cubic feet).

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

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Discovery Sport is limited to 4409 pounds. The Passport offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Passport has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Passport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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