These are both midsize two-row SUVs.
Midsize two-row SUVs are getting more popular because they’re roomy, practical and a lot of them are just plain cool. Two such examples are the 2019 Honda Passport and the 2019 Ford Edge. The Passport is an all-new model for 2019 and it has a bit in common with the bigger Honda Pilot but it has a more rugged and off-roady personality. The Edge got a nice facelift for 2019 with a fresh look and the addition of the sporty ST trim.
Let’s take a closer look at these two crossovers and see which one is right for you.
These two SUVs compete in the same segment but the Passport is a little bigger than the Edge. The Honda is two inches longer, three inches wider and four inches taller than the Ford. As for exterior styling, the Edge has a sleek and premium new look and it looks extra sporty when you opt for the new ST model. The Passport is a bit more rugged with a black grille and black wheels on the Sport and Elite models and an overall lack of chrome. See the 2019 Ford Edge models for sale near you
With the Passport being an all-new model for 2019, it has a very modern interior. It’s an upscale cabin with plenty of room for passengers and a very generously sized cargo hold. The Edge offers similar levels of space and comfort but since it’s been a while since the Edge received a full redesign, its interior is starting to look a little dated. The Honda uses more premium materials and we think its interior design is more pleasing to the eye but when it comes to comfort and ergonomics, these two are pretty evenly matched. See the 2019 Honda Passport models for sale near you
2019 Honda Passport Engine
3.5-liter V6; 280 horsepower, 262 lb-ft of torque; 20 mpg city/25 mpg hwy
2019 Ford Edge Engines
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four; 245 hp, 275 lb-ft of torque; 22 mpg city/29 mpg hwy
2.7-liter twin-turbo V6; 335 hp, 380 lb-ft of torque; 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy
The base EcoBoost engine in the Edge strikes a great balance of both performance and fuel economy, being more efficient than the V6 in the Passport while delivering less horsepower but more torque. If you upgrade to the twin-turbo V6 in the Edge ST, you’ll be treated to thrilling performance that the Passport can’t match while achieving almost identical fuel economy numbers. The V6 in the Passport is a strong and trusty engine and we like to see a standard V6 but it has some tough competition from the engines in the Edge.
Although it lacks some serious off-road kit like locking differentials or real off-road suspension, the Passport has some impressive off-road capabilities when equipped with AWD. If you’re planning on taking some adventures off the beaten path, then the Passport would be more willing than the Edge. That said, an Edge with AWD provides more than sufficient traction for all-season driving, not to mention awesome power delivery of the ST model with standard AWD.
The Edge and the Passport are both pretty generous when it comes to standard driver assistance technology. The Edge comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360 and the Passport comes standard with Honda Sensing. Co-Pilot360 comes with lane-keeping assist, high-beam assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and a forward collision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection. Honda Sensing is similar, offering lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and a road departure mitigation system. If we had to pick which one we like more, we’d go with Honda Sensing because it has adaptive cruise control, which is optional on the Edge with the Co-Pilot360 Assist+ Package available on the SEL trim and up.
Both of these crossovers also have infotainment systems that are okay at the base level but have better systems available. The Edge comes standard with a 4.2-in display and the Passport comes with a 5-in unit, both of which have Bluetooth and one USB port. They’re both upgradable to an 8-in screen for the SYNC 3 system in the Edge and the Display Audio system in the Passport. These are both pretty user-friendly and both include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If you’re going to get either of these crossovers, we recommend upgrading to the better infotainment system. They’re also both available with premium audio, navigation, wireless charging and a moonroof.
The Edge is a bit more affordable at the base level than the Passport. The Edge has a starting MSRP of $29,995 and the Passport starts at $31,990. They’re both offered at four trim levels and can both get into the mid-$40k range on the high end and they both come standard with AWD on their respective top trims (ST on the Edge, Elite on the Passport). The pricing for adding AWD to the lower trims is almost identical: $1,995 for the Ford and $1,900 for the Honda.
This one is kind of a tough call. The Edge and the Passport are evenly matched in many ways but the Passport has a more modern interior and better off-road capabilities and the Edge has a more efficient base engine, a more powerful available V6 and it’s a little more affordable. If you’re looking for a modern SUV that’s up for the occasional off-road adventure, you’ll probably prefer the Passport. However, if on-road performance is a bigger priority for you, then you’ll probably prefer the Edge (especially the ST). Either one also makes a strong family vehicle as long as you don’t need a third row of seats. Find a Honda Passport for sale or Find a Ford Edge for sale