2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Honda Passport

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Safety

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The CX-5 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-5 Signature has a standard 360° 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 CX-5 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 and available all-wheel drive.

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 standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Passport last would have qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the CX-5’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.

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 CX-5’s reliability 64 points higher than the Passport.

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.

Engine

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The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Honda Passport:

CX-5

Passport

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 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 CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Passport AWD (22 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/24 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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The CX-5 stops much shorter than the Passport:

CX-5

Passport

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Passport Elite AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Passport AWD’s (36 feet vs. 39.3 feet). The CX-5’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the Passport’s (36 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Mazda CX-5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Honda Passport.

The CX-5 is 11.4 inches shorter than the Passport, making the CX-5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The CX-5 is 6.1 inches narrower than the Passport, making the CX-5 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The CX-5 4x4 is 6.3 inches shorter in height than the Passport, making the CX-5 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD is quieter than the Passport Elite AWD (38 vs. 39 dB).

Ergonomics

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The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature 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-5’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-5’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-5’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-5’s 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-5 Grand Touring/Signature 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-5’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 Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Honda Passport isn't recommended.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 3 years. The Passport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Honda Passport by over four to one during 2019.

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