2020 Honda Passport vs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Passport are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

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

Both the Passport and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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, 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 Equinox was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The Passport’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Equinox have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 13 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 110 more horsepower (280 vs. 170) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 203) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder. The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 28 more horsepower (280 vs. 252) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 260) than the Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Passport is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Passport

Equinox 1.5

Equinox 2.0

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

8.9 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.1 sec

26.8 sec

17.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

9.6 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

16.9 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

83 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’s fuel efficiency. The Equinox 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 Equinox with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Passport has 4.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Passport has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox AWD’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 15.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Passport

Equinox

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.3 inches

The Passport stops shorter than the Equinox:

Passport

Equinox

70 to 0 MPH

181 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

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 Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Equinox Premier’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Equinox. The Equinox’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Passport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Passport flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Equinox (110.9 inches vs. 107.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 4.6 inches wider in the front and 4.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Equinox.

The Passport Elite AWD handles at .78 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Passport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Passport has 12.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (115.9 vs. 103.2).

The Passport has .1 inches more front headroom, 4.9 inches more front hip room, 4.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 5.6 inches more rear hip room and 6.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity

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The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 29.9 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 63.9 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Passport. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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The Passport’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Equinox’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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 Equinox 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 Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Passport Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

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 Equinox’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

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 costs extra on the Equinox and isn’t available on the Equinox L/LS.

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