Ford Edge vs. Honda Passport

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - April 2, 2019

Although the Honda Pilot has long been a bestseller among crossover SUVs, Honda wasn’t satisfied. They decided to add a model to slot between the CR-V and the Pilot, and in came the Honda Passport. It comes up against competition like the Ford Edge, which just received a mid-cycle refresh. With a sporty new ST version, the Edge works hard to put the “sport” back in “sport utility vehicle.” We took a look at the details to find out which mid-size crossover got it right.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Edge & Passport »

What the Edge Gets Right

The Ford Edge’s first advantage is price. Starting at just under $31,000 (after destination fees), it’s $2,045 cheaper than a base-spec Passport.

For the price, the Edge puts together a reasonably nice interior. The materials are quality for what it costs, and the Edge is up an inch or two on leg room in both rows compared to the Passport.

The Edge also offers more powertrain flexibility. While the Passport only comes with a V6 engine, the Edge can be ordered with either a 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder or a sporty 335-hp V6.

The V6 is more powerful than Honda’s version, and – maybe more importantly – the smaller engine is much more efficient. The Edge achieves an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 combined, compared to just 20/25/22 mpg (city/highway/combined) for the Passport.

Finally, the Edge offers the more compelling package for drivers who look for performance. A mid-size crossover will never be a sports car, but the Edge has tight handling and a composed ride. The ST trim dials up the sportiness without ruining comfort, either.

What the Passport Gets Right

The Edge may have the lower starting price, but the Honda Passport starts with a more powerful engine. The V6 is good for 280 hp, but more tellingly, it will tow up to 5,000 pounds when paired with all-wheel drive. The Edge only manages a 3,500-pound towing capacity.

While the Edge claims the performance side, the Passport’s ride is smooth and refined. This is a family crossover that doesn’t aim for dynamism, settling instead for comfort. For some drivers, that may be a virtue.

But the Passport’s biggest advantage is in the back. It can fit 41 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row, or 78 with it folded. This trumps the Edge, which fits 39 and 73 cubic feet, respectively.

Finally, while the two crossovers are broadly similar in feature sets and safety technologies, Honda manages to cram in a few extra niceties like remote start, adaptive cruise control, and 20-inch rims on their base model.

All Sensible, All The Time

Both of these crossovers are supremely practical. Short of needing a third row, both are spacious, comfortable, and safe enough for long-term family duty. The Ford Edge is a slightly more flexible package, with sporty or efficient options for different buyers. The Honda Passport is less customizable, but comes with excellent interior space and Honda’s reputation for reliability.

Our Verdict: Ford Edge

Although both are strong contenders, the Ford Edge wins this time around. It combines all the virtues necessary for a family vehicle while managing to be both more efficient and more fun than the Honda. Ford continues to invest in its larger vehicles, and the Edge is proof that they can do it right.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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