2019 Honda Passport vs. 2019 Lincoln Nautilus

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

Both the Passport and the Nautilus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, 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 23 percent more Honda dealers than there are Lincoln 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 Nautilus have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 5 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 30 more horsepower (280 vs. 250) than the Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus 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 Nautilus requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Passport has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Nautilus (19.5 vs. 18 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 an eight-speed automatic is available for the Nautilus.

Tires and Wheels

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 Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus.

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 Nautilus doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Nautilus.

Passenger Space

The Passport has 7.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Nautilus (115.9 vs. 108.3).

The Passport has .2 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Nautilus.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Passport’s rear seats recline. The Nautilus’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Nautilus with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 37.2 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Nautilus with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 68.8 cubic feet).

Towing

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

Ergonomics

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Passport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Nautilus doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Nautilus’ mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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