2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2019 Honda Passport

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Safety

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The Nautilus has standard Post Impact Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Passport doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Nautilus Reserve/Black Label offers an optional 360-Degree Camera 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 Nautilus and the Passport have standard driver and passenger frontal 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 Nautilus comes with a full 4-year/50,000-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 14,000 miles sooner.

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Nautilus 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.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Passport isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Nautilus’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Nautilus’ optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 55 more horsepower (335 vs. 280) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Nautilus

Passport

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/26 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

20 city/25 hwy

19 city/24 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Nautilus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Passport:

Nautilus

Passport

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The Nautilus’ optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Passport Touring/Elite’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nautilus offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Passport’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Nautilus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Passport’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Nautilus offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Passport’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nautilus’ wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Passport (112.2 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

Towing

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The Nautilus 2.7 Turbo 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 Nautilus can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Passport can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The Nautilus 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 Lincoln service is better than Honda. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 50% lower rating, Honda is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

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The Nautilus’ 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Nautilus’ exterior PIN entry system. The Passport doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus (except Standard)’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Passport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Lincoln Nautilus and the Honda Passport, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Lincoln MKX/Nautilus outsold the Honda Passport by 30% during the 2019 model year.

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