2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2020 Honda Passport

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Safety

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The CX-30 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Passport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The CX-30’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Passport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CX-30 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-30 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Passport last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2019.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the CX-30’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.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 12th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Honda is ranked 12th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CX-30 gets better fuel mileage than the Passport:

CX-30

Passport

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

25 city/33 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

2.5 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

25 city/32 hwy

19 city/24 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

2.5 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

24 city/31 hwy

n/a

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mazda CX-30 higher (7 out of 10) than the Honda Passport (3). This means the CX-30 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Passport every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The CX-30 stops much shorter than the Passport:

CX-30

Passport

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The CX-30 Premium AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Passport Elite AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-30 Premium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Passport Elite AWD (27.4 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-30’s turning circle is 4.5 feet tighter than the Passport AWD’s (34.8 feet vs. 39.3 feet). The CX-30’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Passport’s (34.8 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Mazda CX-30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 850 pounds less than the Honda Passport.

The CX-30 is 1 foot, 5.5 inches shorter than the Passport, making the CX-30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The CX-30 is 7.9 inches narrower than the Passport, making the CX-30 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The CX-30 is 9.9 inches shorter in height than the Passport, making the CX-30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Ergonomics

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The CX-30 Premium has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 CX-30’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 CX-30’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.

The CX-30’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Passport’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-30’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Passport’s headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-30 Premium has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Passport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The CX-30’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.

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