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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 Range Rover Evoque’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
The Honda Passport has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
Both the Passport and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
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 “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Passport the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.
Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Passport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Evoque. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Evoque 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.
The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Range Rover Evoque have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 16th in initial quality. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 16th in reliability. With 75 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
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 Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Passport is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (base engine):
Range Rover Evoque
Zero to 60 MPH
Zero to 100 MPH
5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start
Passing 30 to 50 MPH
Passing 50 to 70 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’s fuel efficiency. The Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Passport has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Evoque (19.5 vs. 18.1 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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Evoque (245/50R20 vs. 235/55R19). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Evoque (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 Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque.
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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 6.2 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (110.9 inches vs. 104.7 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 Range Rover Evoque.
The Passport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Passport’s rear seats recline. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 20.3 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 51 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Passport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Range Rover Evoque’s (3500 vs. 3306 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door is only 3968 pounds. The Passport AWD offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.
The Passport’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Range Rover Evoque’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Passport has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
Consumer Reports rated the Passport’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Evoque’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”
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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Honda Passport Elite has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Passport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The Honda Passport outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by over two to one during the 2019 model year.
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