The Blazer has a lower starting price but the Passport has a standard V6 engine
The Honda Passport and the Chevy Blazer are two names we haven’t seen on a new vehicle in more than a decade. However, with a new wave of the SUV craze in full swing, both of these names have returned to showrooms on all-new models for the 2019 model year. Incidentally, they both compete in the same segment of two-row midsize SUVs that are good for families who don’t need a third row of seats or just anyone with an active lifestyle looking for a versatile and roomy SUV.
Let’s take a look at how these two SUVs compare in 2019.
Both of these SUVs have an aesthetic that’s a little edgier from what you might be used to seeing in their respective brands’ lineups. The Passport has a resemblance to the three-row Honda Pilot but it looks a bit moodier with a black grille and a slightly smaller size, giving it tighter proportions and a more athletic look. The Blazer introduces a whole new look to the Chevy SUV lineup that draws some inspiration from the Camaro, making it one of the more muscular-looking crossovers on the market. See the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer models for sale near you
The Blazer and the Passport are very similar in size but the Honda is five inches taller than the Chevy. This is partly because the Passport has more ground clearance than the Blazer, which comes in handy when off-roading but means the lower Blazer has a sportier stance. At the end of the day, whether you prefer the look of the sporty Blazer or the rugged Passport is up to you. See the 2019 Honda Passport models for sale near you
The styling cues borrowed from the Camaro continue on the inside of the Blazer. It’s like Chevy took the Camaro’s interior and morphed it into that of a midsize SUV and the result is a pleasingly sporty yet versatile and comfortable interior. The interior of the Passport is more upscale than that of the Blazer, with nicer materials throughout.
As for space, these two SUVs are similarly roomy in both of their two rows of seats. Something the Blazer offers that the Passport doesn’t is sliding and reclining back seats which allow you to configure your interior for just the right balance of cargo space and passenger space. The Passport has a bigger cargo area between the two, which is something to keep in mind if you plan on carrying a lot of stuff.
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Engines
2.5-liter inline-four; 193 horsepower, 188 lb-ft of torque; 22 miles per gallon in the city, 27 mpg on the highway
3.6-liter V6; 308 hp, 270 lb-ft of torque; 20 mpg city/26 mpg hwy
2019 Honda Passport Engine
3.5-liter V6; 280 hp, 262 lb-ft of torque; 20 mpg city/25 mpg hwy
The available V6 in the Blazer has a slight edge over the standard V6 in the Passport when it comes to both performance and fuel economy. A V6-equipped Blazer is a bit more of a performance-oriented crossover than its Honda rival if on-road performance is a priority for you. However, if it’s off-roading you’re interested in, then you’ll likely find more to love in the Passport. The ground clearance of a FWD Passport is 7.5 inches and if you upgrade to AWD, you get 8.1 inches of ground clearance. The Blazer, on the other hand, has 7.4 inches of ground clearance, which is enough to clear small obstacles and your typical snowy road but if you’d like to go off the beaten path a bit, that extra clearance is nice to have in an AWD-equipped Passport.
All of that said, there are higher-performance crossovers than the V6 Blazer and there are more off-road-ready SUVs than the AWD Passport but both of these SUVs also have excellent road manners. They’re versatile all-around SUVs that also have some emphasis on their respective areas of expertise that we talked about.
As for towing, the Passport has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and the Blazer can tow up to 4,500 pounds.
The Blazer doesn’t offer much in modern driver-assist technology at the base L trim but it has a lot of nice optional tech features. These include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection with automatic emergency braking, following distance indicator, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, rear camera mirror, automatic high beams, a safety alert seat, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic assist, a surround-view parking camera system and rear parking sensors.
The Passport is much more generous with standard safety tech at the base level, with the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist technology which includes lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and a road departure mitigation system. Additional available tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and front and rear parking sensors.
What the base Chevy Blazer lacks in driver assistance tech, it makes up for with an excellent standard 8-in infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay plus four standard USB ports. The base Passport comes with a 5-inch screen and one USB port, but you can upgrade to an 8-in unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay plus two additional USB ports. If you get a Passport, we recommend upgrading to the better infotainment system, which comes on every trim but the base Sport model.
The Blazer has a more affordable base price than the Passport but remember, the base Blazer has a 4-cylinder engine and every Passport has a standard V6. The Blazer has a starting MSRP of $28,800 and the Passport starts at $31,990. The most affordable V6 Blazer you can get is the Blazer 3.6L Cloth trim, which starts at $34,495. These can both get a little pricey on the high end when you get into the upper trims and add AWD, with the Passport going up to $43,680 and the Blazer going as high as $45,600.
With a standard V6, much more standard safety tech and a more premium interior with a roomier cargo area, we think the Passport is a better buy for most drivers than the Blazer. If on-road performance is a priority for you then you might find more to love in a V6-powered Blazer. Find a Honda Passport for sale or Find a Chevrolet Blazer for sale