2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Honda Passport

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Highlander are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Passport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Highlander has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Passport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Highlander has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Highlander Limited/Platinum has standard Automated Braking 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 Highlander AWD’s standard Downhill Assist Control allows you to creep down safely. The Passport doesn’t offer Downhill Assist Control.

The Highlander (except L/LE/XLE) offers an optional Bird’s Eye View 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.

The Highlander’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 Highlander 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Highlander for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Passport.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Highlander’s warranty.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Highlander’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 Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Honda is ranked 12th.

Engine

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The Highlander’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 15 more horsepower (295 vs. 280) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (263 vs. 262) than the Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Highlander

Passport

2WD

Auto

21 city/29 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

4WD

Auto

20 city/27 hwy

19 city/24 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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

Highlander

Passport

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Highlander’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Passport

(112.2 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Highlander’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Passport AWD’s (37.4 feet vs.

39.3 feet). The Highlander’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Passport’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Highlander has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Passport can only carry 5.

The Highlander has 25.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Passport (141.3 vs. 115.9).

The Highlander has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more rear legroom than the Passport.

Cargo Capacity

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The Highlander’s cargo area provides more volume than the Passport.

Highlander

Passport

Third Seat Folded

48.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

41.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.3 cubic feet

77.9 cubic feet

Towing

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The Highlander’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Passport’s (5000 vs. 3500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Highlander Platinum 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 Highlander’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 Highlander and the Passport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Highlander 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 Highlander’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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Highlander Platinum 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 Highlander’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 Highlander’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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The Toyota Highlander outsold the Honda Passport by almost 10 to one during the 2019 model year.

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