2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Honda Passport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CX-5 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Passport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the CX-5 and the Passport 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Passport has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the CX-5’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Passport’s camshafts. If the Passport’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 22nd in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Honda is ranked 15th.

Engine

The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 gets better fuel mileage than the Passport:

 

 

 

MPG

CX-5

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

Passport

 

FWD

3.5 SOHC V6

20 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

3.5 SOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Passport AWD’s (36 feet vs. 39.3 feet). The CX-5’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the Passport’s (36 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda CX-5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Honda Passport.

The CX-5 is 11.4 inches shorter than the Passport, making the CX-5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The CX-5 is 6.1 inches narrower than the Passport, making the CX-5 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The CX-5 4x4 is 6.3 inches shorter in height than the Passport, making the CX-5 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Ergonomics

The CX-5 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Passport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-5’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Passport’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Passport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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