2019 Honda Passport vs Pilot: Sibling differences compared side by side

Honda has revived the Passport name for 2019 with a new model based on the popular Pilot. See the differences in this side by side comparison.

2019 Honda PassportPassport
2019 Honda Pilot Elite faceliftPilot
The 2019 Passport is very clearly based on the third-generation Pilot. The two cars share the same 3.5L V6 with 280hp and 262 lb-ft, but the Passport comes standard with a 9-speed auto, while that transmission is only available on Pilot Touring and Elite trims.
2019 Honda PassportPassport
2019 Honda Pilot facelift - side, bluePilot
Also shared are the 111-inch (2,820mm) wheelbase, doors, and front section. Where the Passport and Pilot differ is from the C-pillar back. The Passport has 20-inch wheels as standard, and wheel arch protectors are available on some models.
2019 Honda PassportPassport
2019 Honda Pilot facelift - rear, bluePilot
At just 190.5 inches (4,840mm) long, the Passport is 4 inches (100mm) shorter than the Pilot. Honda is pitching the Passport as the more off-road friendly alternative with more ground clearance — up 0.5 inches (13mm) on the FWD to 7.8 inches (198mm), and 1.1 inches (28mm) on the AWD to 8.4 inches (213mm).
2019 Honda Passport with Accessory Towing Hitch RecieverPassport
2019 Honda Pilot Elite faceliftPilot
Approach and departures angles are better too because of the Passport's shorter overhangs. On the FWD its 20.6° and 26.8°, and on the AWD its 21.4° and 27.6°.
2019 Honda Passport with Accessory Towing Hitch RecieverPassport
2019 Honda Pilot Elite faceliftPilot
With less rear overhang, the Passport has five seats across two rows, while the Pilot maxes out at seven seats across three rows.
2019 Honda Passport with Accessory Towing Hitch RecieverPassport
Pilot
The shape of the Passport's triangular taillight cluster looks the same as the Pilot's, but with a brighter red surround. The reversing signal has been moved from the tailgate to the bumper. The Passport also has a unique rear hatch with a faster angle and a different windscreen shape.
2019 Honda PassportPassport
Pilot
The bumpers are unique at both ends, and the Passport (again) has a more off-road look for the grille. The headlamps look to be the same.
2019 Honda PassportPassport
2019 Honda Pilot Elite faceliftPilot
The dashboard and all the major switchgear is common between the two models.
2019 Honda PassportPassport
2019 Honda Pilot Elite faceliftPilot
Ditto with the infotainment system, with high-end models coming with the latest 8-inch Display Audio infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

2019 Honda Passport



2019 Honda Pilot




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Derek Fung

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2019 Honda Passport vs Pilot: Sibling differences compared side by side