2020 Honda Passport vs. 2020 Porsche Cayenne

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

Both the Passport and the Cayenne have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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.

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 Cayenne 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 Porsche covers the Cayenne. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cayenne ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 6 times as many Honda dealers as there are Porsche 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 Cayenne 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 Consumer Reports the Honda Passport is faster than the Porsche Cayenne 3.0 turbo V6:

Passport

Cayenne

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

2.9 sec

3.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Passport gets better fuel mileage than the Cayenne:

MPG

Passport

FWD

3.5 SOHC V6

20 city/25 hwy

AWD

3.5 SOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Cayenne

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/23 hwy

S 2.9 turbo V6

18 city/22 hwy

Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

15 city/19 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’s fuel efficiency. The Cayenne 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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne.

Brakes and Stopping

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In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Passport has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

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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 Cayenne’s standard 55 series front tires.

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

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 Cayenne doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

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The Honda Passport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 1450 pounds less than the Porsche Cayenne.

The Passport is 3.2 inches shorter than the Cayenne, 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Passport Elite AWD is quieter than the Cayenne (39 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Passport has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cayenne.

Cargo Capacity

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The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cayenne with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 27.1 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cayenne with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 60.3 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Passport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cayenne doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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 Cayenne doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the windows are left open on the Passport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Cayenne can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Passport’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Cayenne’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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 Cayenne doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The Honda Passport outsold the Porsche Cayenne by 38% during the 2019 model year.

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