2020 Honda Passport vs. 2020 Mercedes GLC

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Safety

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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 GLC’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Passport and the GLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Passport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLC. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLC ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are Mercedes 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 engine in the GLC has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 9 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 25 more horsepower (280 vs. 255) than the GLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Passport is faster than the Mercedes GLC 300:

Passport

GLC

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

89.6 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 GLC 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 GLC requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Passport has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC (19.5 vs. 17.4 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 GLC doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the GLC (245/50R20 vs. 235/60R18). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLC (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 GLC’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 GLC.

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 GLC doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

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 GLC; 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.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 3 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the GLC.

For greater off-road capability the Passport has a 3.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLC (8.1 vs. 5 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Passport has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The GLC uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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

Passenger Space

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The Passport has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 4.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom and 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLC.

Cargo Capacity

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The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLC with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLC with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes GLC is limited to 3500 pounds. The Passport AWD offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Passport has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLC only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Passport’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the GLC’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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