2020 Honda Passport vs. 2020 Ford Edge

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System in the Passport as “Superior.” The Edge scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

Both the Passport and the Edge 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, 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.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Passport is safer than the Edge:

Passport

Edge

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

24 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.1/.5 kN

2.2/1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

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 Edge was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability

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The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Edge 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 Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 4 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 35 more horsepower (280 vs. 245) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Passport is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4-cylinder:

Passport

Edge

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.1 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

86 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 Edge 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 Edge requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Passport has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 18.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Passport has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Passport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Edge.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Passport

Edge

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

The Passport stops shorter than the Edge:

Passport

Edge

70 to 0 MPH

181 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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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 Edge SE/SEL’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 Edge SE/SEL.

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 Edge 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 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Edge.

The Passport Elite AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Edge Titanium pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Passport AWD’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Edge’s (39.3 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Passport FWD’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (39.5 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Passport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Edge (8.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Passport has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Edge uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Passport Elite AWD is quieter than the Edge Titanium AWD (39 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Passport has 3.2 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Edge.

Cargo Capacity

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The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Edge with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 39.2 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Edge with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 73.4 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Edge’s (3500 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ford Edge 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 Edge can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Edge’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Passport to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Edge doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

When the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Edge’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Recommendations

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its April 2019 issue and they ranked the Honda Passport Elite AWD first. They ranked the Ford Edge Titanium AWD fourth.

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