2020 Honda Passport vs. 2020 Cadillac XT5

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Safety

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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 XT5’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Passport and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.

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 XT5 was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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There are over 15 percent more Honda dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Passport’s warranty.

Reliability

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The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the XT5 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in reliability. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 18 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

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The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 43 more horsepower (280 vs. 237) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 258) than the XT5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Passport is faster than the Cadillac XT5 V6:

Passport

XT5

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.1 sec

17.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Passport FWD gets better fuel mileage than the XT5 FWD V6 (20 city/25 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Passport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XT5 with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the XT5 (245/50R20 vs. 235/65R18). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT5 (265/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).

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 XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XT5.

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 XT5 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 2 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the XT5.

For greater off-road capability the Passport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT5 (8.1 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Passport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XT5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Passport Elite AWD is quieter than the XT5 AWD:

Passport

XT5

At idle

39 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

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The Passport has 11.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XT5 (115.9 vs. 104.5).

The Passport has .4 inches more front headroom, 3 inches more front hip room, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom, 2.5 inches more rear hip room and 5.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT5.

Cargo Capacity

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The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XT5 with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 30.2 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT5 with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 63 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT5’s (3500 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Cadillac XT5 is only 3500 pounds. The Passport AWD offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the Passport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the XT5 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Passport’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The XT5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Passport’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the XT5’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

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 XT5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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