Chevrolet Blazer vs. Honda Passport

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - March 27, 2019

Reviving old nameplates has become a common practice for automakers that are looking to stand out in the highly competitive SUV segment. Both the Chevrolet Blazer and the Honda Passport have been resurrected as mid-size utility vehicles. Not nearly as rugged or as boxy as before, the Blazer and the Passport offer seating for up to five, a tall design, and all-wheel drive – all priorities for the majority of consumers.

Sure, the Blazer and the Passport share a lot of the same characteristics, but there are other things that differentiate the models. Let's take a look at which one comes out on top in a comparison.

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What the Blazer Gets Right

The new Blazer leverages its crossover design to boast a striking design, especially for the mid-size segment. Sharing the same sharp, stylish cues as the sporty Camaro, the Blazer looks like unlike anything else on the market. If having a handsome, striking crossover is high up on your list of priorities, the Blazer is the obvious choice.

When it comes to pricing, the Blazer is the more affordable option. Pricing for the vehicle starts at $29,995 (including destination), while the Passport carries a price tag of $33,035.

In addition to saving you money in the initial purchase, the Blazer is the more fuel-efficient option and will save you money at the pumps, too. The most fuel-efficient Blazer is EPA rated at 22 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 24 combined, while the Passport achieves 20/25/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).

To go along with the Blazer's dashing good looks is a powerful engine. Chevrolet's option can be equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 that's good for 305 horsepower. The 3.4-liter V6 found in the Passport makes 280 hp.

What the Passport Gets Right

With Honda Sensing as standard on every trim, the Passport is the safer option of the two vehicles. Honda Sensing includes forward collision warning, a road departure mitigation system, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. In comparison, the only rear safety feature the Blazer has is an HD rearview camera, which is a federally mandated feature for all new vehicles.

Consumers that value interior space will enjoy the Passport's spacious cabin more than the Blazer's. Overall passenger volume in the Passport is rated at 115.9 cubic feet, which is 8.1 cubic feet more than what's available in the Blazer. Cargo space is also noticeably more abundant in the Passport, as the model can hold up to 77.9 cubic feet of cargo, while the Blazer has a maximum of 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

While the Passport isn't exactly a rugged off-roading machine, the SUV's Intelligent Traction Management system and four-mode all-wheel-drive system gives consumers that ability to choose from Normal, Sand, Snow, and Mud settings to get through light terrain.

How Much Does Styling Matter?

Look over the Blazer and Passport's specs, and one is a thoroughly modern machine that highlights its crossover underpinnings, while the other option still sticks to some of its SUV roots. If styling and performance take precedent over interior space, safety, and versatility, the Blazer is the definitive option.

Our Verdict: Honda Passport

While the Chevy Blazer is the more handsome option, it lacks the interior space, high-tech AWD system, and interior space as the Honda Passport. There's also the Passport's excellent list of standard safety features, which the Blazer can’t match.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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