2020 Ford Edge vs. 2020 Honda Passport

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Passport doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Edge has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Passport doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Edge’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Passport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Edge and the Passport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and front parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Edge the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Passport last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2019.

Warranty

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There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Passport doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Edge has a standard 175-amp alternator. The Passport’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Edge’s reliability 35 points higher than the Passport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 55 more horsepower (335 vs. 280) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge ST 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Honda Passport:

Edge

Passport

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.4 MPH

89.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Passport:

Edge

Passport

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/28 hwy

19 city/24 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Edge higher (5 out of 10) than the Honda Passport (3). This means the Edge produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Passport every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Edge ST

Passport

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

The Edge ST’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Passport are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops much shorter than the Passport:

Edge

Passport

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Edge ST’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Passport Touring/Elite’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge ST offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Passport’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Passport’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Passport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Passport (112.2 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

The Edge ST handles at .83 G’s, while the Passport Elite AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Passport Elite AWD (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Edge ST has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Passport (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Passport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the Passport Elite AWD:

Edge

Passport

At idle

37 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

68 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

65 dB

Passenger Space

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The Edge has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear hip room than the Passport.

Towing

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The Edge ST can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Edge can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Passport can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The Edge uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Passport uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Edge’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Passport’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the Passport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Passport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The Passport doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its HondaLink Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The Passport doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its HondaLink Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Edge’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Passport’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Edge Titanium/ST offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Passport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Edge’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.

The Edge Titanium/ST’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Passport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Honda Passport isn't recommended.

The Ford Edge outsold the Honda Passport by almost four to one during 2019.

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