2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2020 Honda Passport

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Safety

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The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Passport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Cherokee’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Passport doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Cherokee and the Passport 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Cherokee’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Passport’s camshafts. If the Passport’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cherokee has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Cherokee optional). The Passport’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Cherokee

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

Drive II 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

3.2 DOHC 6 cyl.

19 city/27 hwy

Drive II 3.2 DOHC 6 cyl.

18 city/26 hwy

Passport

2WD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

4WD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

19 city/24 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jeep Cherokee higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Honda Passport (3). This means the Cherokee produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Passport every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Cherokee

Passport

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Cherokee stops much shorter than the Passport:

Cherokee

Passport

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Passport; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Passport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Cherokee Limited 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Passport Elite AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Passport Elite AWD (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Cherokee’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Passport AWD’s (37.6 feet vs. 39.3 feet). The Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Passport’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Passport (8.7 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Jeep Cherokee may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Honda Passport.

The Cherokee is 8.5 inches shorter than the Passport, making the Cherokee easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Cherokee (except Overland/Trailhawk) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Passport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has .2 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear legroom than the Passport.

Towing

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The Cherokee 4WD with optional equipment can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Cherokee can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Passport can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The Cherokee 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.

Ergonomics

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The Cherokee’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 power windows standard on both the Cherokee and the Passport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Cherokee is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Passport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cherokee Overland has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Passport doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Cherokee Limited also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Cherokee’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite.

The Cherokee’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.

The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Passport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Honda Passport by over five to one during 2019.

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