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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 QX50’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
Both the Passport and the QX50 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.
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 QX50 has not been tested, yet.
There are almost 5 times as many Honda dealers as there are Infiniti 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 engine in the QX50 has 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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 1 place higher in reliability than Infiniti.
The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 12 more horsepower (280 vs. 268) than the QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda Passport is faster than the Infiniti QX50:
Zero to 30 MPH
Zero to 60 MPH
45 to 65 MPH Passing
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 QX50 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Passport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The QX50 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Passport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX50 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Passport has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX50 (19.5 vs. 16 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 QX50 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the QX50 (245/50R20 vs. 235/55R19). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX50 (265/45R20 vs. 255/45R20).
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 QX50’s standard 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the QX50.
The Passport has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX50; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX50.
The Passport has 11.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX50 (115.9 vs. 104.4).
The Passport has 1.3 inches more front legroom, 3.5 inches more front hip room, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom, 3.5 inches more rear hip room and 4.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX50.
The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX50 with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 31.4 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX50 with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 65.1 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Passport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The QX50 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the QX50’s (3500 vs. 0 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Infiniti QX50 AWD is only 3000 pounds. The Passport AWD offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.
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 QX50 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
Consumer Reports rated the Passport’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the QX50’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”
The Passport Elite has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The QX50 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the Passport and the QX50 offer available heated front seats. The Passport Touring/Elite also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the QX50.
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 QX50 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 QX50 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Honda Passport outsold the Infiniti QX50 by 9% during the 2019 model year.
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