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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 CX-30’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
Both the Passport and the CX-30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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.
The Honda Passport weighs 551 to 1005 pounds more than the Mazda CX-30. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
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 CX-30 has not been tested, yet.
There are over 79 percent more Honda dealers than there are Mazda 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 CX-30 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 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in reliability. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.
The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 94 more horsepower (280 vs. 186) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 186) than the CX-30’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.
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 CX-30 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Passport has 6.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Passport has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 13.5 gallons).
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 CX-30 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Passport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the CX-30.
For better stopping power the Passport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-30:
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For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the CX-30 (245/50R20 vs. 215/65R16). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-30 (265/45R20 vs. 215/65R16).
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 CX-30’s standard 65 series tires. The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-30. The CX-30’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
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 CX-30 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For superior ride and handling, the Honda Passport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mazda CX-30 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The Passport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Passport flat and controlled during cornering. The CX-30’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Passport’s wheelbase is 6.4 inches longer than on the CX-30 (110.9 inches vs. 104.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 5.2 inches wider in the front and 5.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the CX-30.
For greater off-road capability the Passport has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-30 (8.1 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Passport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The CX-30 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Passport has 21.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-30 (115.9 vs. 94.1).
The Passport has 2 inches more front headroom, 4.5 inches more front hip room, 6.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom, 4.1 inches more rear hip room and 8.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-30.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Passport’s rear seats recline. The CX-30’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-30 (41.2 vs. 20.2 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Passport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The CX-30 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Passport. The CX-30 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 CX-30 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Passport to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The CX-30 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
The Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The CX-30 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.
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 CX-30 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the Passport and the CX-30 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 CX-30.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Passport Elite keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The CX-30 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Passport Elite’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Passport has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium.
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 CX-30 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
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