2020 Honda Passport vs. 2020 Land Rover Discovery

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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 Land Rover Discovery 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’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Passport and the Discovery have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Passport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery. 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 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.

Reliability

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The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Discovery 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.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda Passport is faster than the Land Rover Discovery:

Passport

Discovery

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

2.9 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Passport AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery supercharged V6 (19 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’s fuel efficiency. The Discovery 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 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

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 Discovery.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Passport stops shorter than the Discovery:

Passport

Discovery

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Discovery (245/50R20 vs. 235/65R19).

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’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Discovery.

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 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Passport Elite AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Passport Elite AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE (28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Passport AWD’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (39.3 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The Passport FWD’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (39.5 feet vs. 40.6 feet).

Chassis

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The Honda Passport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 800 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery.

The Passport is 4.6 inches shorter than the Discovery, making the Passport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Passport has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom, 1.6 inches more rear hip room and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery.

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

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The Passport has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 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 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

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

Model Availability

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The Passport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The Honda Passport outsold the Land Rover Discovery by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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