2020 Infiniti QX50 vs. 2020 Honda Passport

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX50 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Honda Passport doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The QX50 has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Passport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The QX50 Essential/Sensory/Autograph has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Passport only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the QX50 and the Passport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

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The QX50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Passport’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 24,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX50 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Passport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Passport ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX50’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Passport’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the QX50’s reliability 37 points higher than the Passport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX50 is faster than the Honda Passport:

QX50

Passport

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

89.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the QX50 gets better fuel mileage than the Passport:

MPG

QX50

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

Passport

2WD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

4WD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

19 city/24 hwy

Transmission

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The QX50 has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Passport doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the QX50’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Passport:

QX50

Passport

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The QX50’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Passport are solid, not vented.

The QX50 stops much shorter than the Passport:

QX50

Passport

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX50 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Passport doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The QX50 Essential AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Passport Elite AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX50 Essential AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Passport Elite AWD (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX50’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Passport AWD’s (36.4 feet vs. 39.3 feet). The QX50’s turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the Passport’s (36.4 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX50 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Passport (8.6 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the QX50 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The QX50 is 5.8 inches shorter than the Passport, making the QX50 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Servicing Ease

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The QX50 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Passport uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Honda. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 63% lower rating, Honda is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

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The QX50 (except Pure/Luxe/Essential) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Passport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The QX50’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Passport’s parking brake has to released manually.

The QX50’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Passport’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX50 (except Pure/Luxe) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Passport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The QX50’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Passport’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Infiniti QX50, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Honda Passport isn't recommended.

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