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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 Land Rover Discovery Sport doesn’t offer height-adjustable 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 Discovery Sport’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
Both the Passport and the Discovery Sport 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, 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 Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.
Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Passport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery Sport 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 Discovery Sport 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 34 more horsepower (280 vs. 246) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’s fuel efficiency. The Discovery Sport 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 Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Passport has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (19.5 vs. 17.7 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 Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Discovery Sport (245/50R20 vs. 235/60R18). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (265/45R20 vs. 235/60R18).
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 Discovery Sport’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 Discovery Sport.
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 Discovery Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (110.9 inches vs. 107.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Discovery Sport.
The Passport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Passport has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, 4.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.
The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Discovery Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 27.5 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Discovery Sport with all its rear seats folded (77.9 vs. 55.6 cubic feet).
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Passport. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Passport Touring/Elite’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Discovery Sport is limited to 4409 pounds. The Passport AWD offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.
The Passport Touring/Elite’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
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 Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Passport to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
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 Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Passport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The Honda Passport outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by over two to one during the 2019 model year.
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