2019 Honda Passport vs. 2019 Toyota Rav4

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 Rav4’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Passport and the Rav4 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.

Reliability

The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Rav4 has 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 77 more horsepower (280 vs. 203) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 184) than the Rav4’s 2.5 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 Rav4 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 Rav4 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Passport has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (19.5 vs. 14.5 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 Rav4 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 an eight-speed automatic is available for the Rav4.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Passport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

 

Passport

Rav4

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Rav4 (245/50R20 vs. 225/65R17). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rav4 (265/45R20 vs. 235/55R19).

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 Rav4 LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires. The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Rav4 LE/XLE. The Rav4’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 Rav4 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Passport has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Rav4 (110.9 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 4.1 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Rav4.

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 Rav4 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Passport has 17 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 (115.9 vs. 98.9).

The Passport has .6 inches more front headroom, 4.8 inches more front hip room, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom, 9.6 inches more rear hip room and 5.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity

The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Rav4 with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 37.6 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Rav4 with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 69.8 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Passport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rav4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Passport. The Rav4 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Passport’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Rav4’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Towing

The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rav4’s (3500 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Rav4 Adventure is only 3500 pounds. The Passport offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Passport’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Passport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rav4 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited.

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 Rav4’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 Rav4 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 Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited.

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