2020 Honda Passport vs. 2020 Lexus RX Series

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Safety

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Both the Passport and the RX Series 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, 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 RX Series has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Lexus 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 RX Series have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Passport is faster than the Lexus RX Series:

Passport

RX 350

RX 450h

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

n/a

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.8 sec

7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.5 sec

11.2 sec

n/a

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

3.6 sec

n/a

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

92.7 MPH

94.3 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 RX Series 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 RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Passport has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 17.2 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 RX Series 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 RX Series.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the RX Series (245/50R20 vs. 235/65R18). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RX Series (265/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).

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 RX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the RX Series’ optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the RX Series.

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 RX Series doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the RX Series (110.9 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

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 track on the RX Series.

The Passport Elite AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the RX 450h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Honda Passport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The Passport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The RX Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Passport has .7 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the RX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the RX Series with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 18.4 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the RX Series with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 56.3 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (3500 vs. 0 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lexus RX Series is only 3500 pounds. The Passport AWD offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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 RX Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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