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The Cayenne Coupe has a standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically applies 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.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Cayenne Coupe. But it costs extra on the Passport.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Cayenne Coupe’s standard Porsche Hill Control allows you to creep down safely. The Passport doesn’t offer Porsche Hill Control.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Cayenne Coupe helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Passport doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The Cayenne Coupe offers an optional Surround View 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 Cayenne Coupe and the Passport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Porsche Cayenne Coupe weighs 426 to 1714 pounds more than the Honda Passport. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Cayenne Coupe 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.
The Cayenne Coupe’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Passport’s (12 vs. 5 years).
A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Cayenne Coupe’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 Cayenne Coupe’s reliability 63 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 Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Honda is ranked 12th.
The Cayenne Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 55 more horsepower (335 vs. 280) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Cayenne S Coupe’s standard 2.9 turbo V6 produces 154 more horsepower (434 vs. 280) and 144 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 175 more horsepower (455 vs. 280) and 254 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 261 more horsepower (541 vs. 280) and 306 lbs.-ft. more torque (568 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid produces 390 more horsepower (670 vs. 280) and 401 lbs.-ft. more torque (663 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Passport AWD (45 city/37 hwy MPGe vs. 19 city/24 hwy).
The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Passport must run its internal combustion engine to move.
Regenerative brakes improve the Cayenne Coupe’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Passport doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The Cayenne Coupe’s standard fuel tank has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Passport (23.7 vs. 19.5 gallons).
The Cayenne Coupe’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Passport doesn’t offer launch control.
For better stopping power the Cayenne Coupe’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Passport:
The Cayenne Coupe’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 Cayenne Coupe offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Passport doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.
The Cayenne Coupe Turbo has standard air brakes, which adjust the spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The Passport doesn’t offer air brakes.
For better traction, the Cayenne Coupe has larger standard tires than the Passport (F:275/45R20 & R:305/40R20 vs. 245/50R20). The Cayenne Coupe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Passport (F:285/40R21 & R:315/35R21 vs. 265/45R20).
The Cayenne Coupe’s standard 275/45R20 front and 305/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Passport Sport/EX-L’s standard 50 series tires. The Cayenne Coupe’s optional 285/35R22 front and 315/30R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Passport Touring/Elite’s 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayenne Coupe offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Passport’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The Cayenne Coupe offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Passport doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The Cayenne Coupe offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Honda doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Passport.
The Cayenne Coupe has a standard 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.
The Cayenne Coupe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Passport doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cayenne Coupe’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the Passport (114 inches vs. 110.9 inches).
For greater off-road capability the Cayenne Coupe has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Passport (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Cayenne Coupe to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Cayenne Coupe Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.5 inches higher than on the Passport (9.6 vs. 8.1 inches).
The Cayenne Coupe’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Passport’s (7700 vs. 3500 pounds).
The Cayenne Coupe 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.
The engine in the Cayenne Coupe is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Passport. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Honda. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 78% lower rating, Honda is ranked 23rd.
Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite, the Cayenne Coupe offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The Cayenne Coupe’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Passport does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The Cayenne Coupe offers an optional 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 Cayenne Coupe’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch. The Passport
The power windows standard on both the Cayenne Coupe and the Passport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Cayenne Coupe 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.
The Cayenne Coupe’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 Cayenne Coupe’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.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Cayenne Coupe offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Passport doesn’t offer headlight washers.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Cayenne Coupe 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 Cayenne Coupe’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 Cayenne Coupe’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 Cayenne Coupe offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Passport.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Honda Passport isn't recommended.
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