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2021 Ford Edge vs. 2021 Honda Passport: Which Is Better?


Both the 2021 Ford Edge and 2021 Honda Passport have good space for passengers and cargo, plenty of options, and optional all-wheel drive. Which is better?

Quick Facts

  • Ford Edge ST makes 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, earns 25 mpg highway.
  • Both the Edge and the Passport earned 5-star safety ratings.
  • 2021 Honda Passport can tow 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive.

2021 Ford Edge

2020 Ford EdgeBase price: $32,495 / Read our 2021 Ford Edge review

What we like: Plenty of space for passengers and cargo; respectable handling; high-performance ST model

What we would change: Thick pillars impede outward vision; upper level models get very expensive; it’s wide; resale value isn’t great

Overview: Surprising for a vehicle of its size, the 2021 Ford Edge is actually kind of fun to drive. The base four-cylinder engine provides plenty of power, sent to either the front wheels or all four, and the chassis balances a comfortable ride with surprising agility. Also on tap is the ST, with a 335-hp turbocharged V6 and a sport suspension, making it a whole different beast entirely. Inside, the 2021 Edge has a comfortable and spacious cabin, with excellent rear legroom, although that also accounts for its rather wide body that requires delicacy when parking. Thick rear pillars don’t help with visibility either, although a blind-spot monitor comes standard. The interior is soft and feels more luxurious than expected, and standard features include dual-zone climate control, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, and a 12-inch touchscreen. Every trim comes with Ford Co-Pilot 360, the company’s suite of driver assist and safety functions. Cargo capacity expands from 39.2 cubic feet to 73.4 with all seats folded, and the maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds. Resale value is not typically very strong.

What’s new for 2021: Most significantly for 2021, the Ford Edge gets an updated infotainment system known as Sync 4A. This includes wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, four USB ports, voice the recognition, and over-the-air updates. Not to be confused with the ST, a new ST-Line trim debuts, although it’s more of a trim package and does not include the ST’s potent turbo V6. Other changes include the addition of rear parking sensors and a 6-way power-adjustable front passenger seat in the ST. New colors include Carbonized Gray and Lithium Gray.

Features and technology: Offered with two engine choices and either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the 2021 Ford Edge comes in five trim levels. The base SE is handsomely equipped, with lots of tech including Wi-fi for up to 10 devices, satellite radio, a rearview camera, the Sync 4A infotainment system, and the Ford Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver assists, including forward collision mitigation and blind-spot monitoring (necessary given the Edge’s thick C-pillars). Also included are dual-zone climate control, remote unlock and start, and rear parking sensors.

Next is the SEL, which includes an 8-way power adjustable driver seat and 4-way power passenger seat, LED foglights and a 9-speaker audio system.  Above that is the ST-Line, which as mentioned above, includes the ST-style grille, body-color bumpers, and 20-inch alloy wheels, but is powered by the base four-cylinder rather than the turbo V6.

The Titanium adds leather upholstery, a 6-way power passenger seat, wireless phone charging, a Bang & Olufsen stereo, and a 110-volt outlet. The performance ST includes the turbo V6, all-wheel drive, a sport suspension, sport seats with simulated suede upholstery, and a variable-ratio steering system.

What does the future hold: Last redesigned in 2015, the Edge is due for a full update in 2022. Find a 2021 Ford Edge for sale

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Honda PassportBase price: $33,710 / Read our 2021 Honda Passport review

What we like: Manageable size; excellent build quality and reliability; roomy and comfortable; high resale value

What we would change: Fuel economy; bland interior; handling

Overview: Sized between the smaller CR-V and the 7-passenger Pilot, the 2021 Honda Passport provides good space for five passengers in a crossover that doesn’t feel too big for the city. A turbocharged 4-cylinder keeps it moving, but the Passport’s height and large wheels keep it from having particularly good handling, although for many, that’s hardly a deal-breaker in this segment. A sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and 7.5 inches of ground clearance make it a good companion in all weather conditions and mud. The interior is typical Honda conservative, somewhat bland but with a good balance of physical buttons and touchscreen control. Infotainment is controlled by an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration and a 7-speaker audio system. Every Passport includes the Honda Sensing suite of driver assists, including adaptive cruise control and a lane-departure warning. With all-wheel drive, the Passport can tow an impressive 5,000 pounds. Given Honda’s reputation for reliability and good build quality, resale values are expected to be high.

What’s new for 2021: Changes for 2021 are relatively light and include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now becoming standard in all trims, as well as the Display Audio infotainment system.

Features and technology: Offered with a single engine choice and either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the 2021 Honda Passport comes in four trim levels. As Honda doesn’t typically offer any features à la carte, the only way to get them is to opt for a higher trim. That said, though, the base Sport includes keyless entry and ignition, 20-inch wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a 7-speaker stereo. Every trim also includes the Honda Sensing suite of driver aids including lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

The EX-L includes leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a power moonroof, auto locking, satellite/HD radio, and blind-spot monitoring. Touring trim includes a navigation system, LED headlights, and a 10-speaker/550-watt audio system, while the Elite adds all-wheel drive, heated and ventilated front seats, and wireless phone charging. The Elite trim comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is optional on lower trims.

What does the future hold: Honda being a relatively conservative company, we don’t expect too much in the way of radical change, with possible additions to the driver assist functions and possibly a second engine choice, either a V6 or possibly a hybrid. Find a 2021 Honda Passport for sale

Edge vs. Passport: Strengths comparison

Edge Benefits: More fun to drive; choice of engines; more luxurious interior.

Passport Benefits: Honda reliability; off-road ability; higher maximum tow rating; resale value.

2021 Ford Edge vs. 2021 Honda Passport: Which is better?

While the 2021 Ford Edge and the 2021 Honda Passport are similar in a number of ways, the Passport is a better choice for regular visits to mud, snow, and sand, and includes a maximum 5,000-pound towing capacity. If those are not part of your needs, however, our nod goes to the Edge. It has better driving manners, an optional rip-snorting V6, and a more luxurious and interesting interior, and even with the base engine, makes better fuel economy. It’s our choice. Find a 2021 Ford Edge for sale or Find a 2021 Honda Passport for sale

2021 Ford Edge 2021 Honda Passport
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.0-liter I4, turbocharged 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 250 hp @ 5,500 rpm 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 280 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
Fuel Economy 24 mpg (21 city/29 highway) 22 mpg (20 city/25 highway)
Also Available 2.7-liter V6, twin-turbocharged n/a
Specs
Basic warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 112.2 inches 111.0 inches
Overall Length 188.8 inches 190.5 inches
Width 78.4 inches 78.6 inches
Height 68.3 inches 71.6 inches
Turning Diameter 39.3 feet 39.5 feet
Headroom, Front 40.2 inches 40.1 inches
Headroom, Rear 40.3 inches 40.1 inches
Legroom, Front 42.6 inches 40.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.6 inches 39.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 60.3 inches 62.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 60.5 inches 61.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 113.9 cubic feet 115.9 cubic feet
EPA Cargo Volume 73.4 cubic feet 77.9 cubic feet

Doug Lloyd
Doug Lloyd is an author specializing in comparison tests. A veteran of the automotive press world, Doug started at Sports Car International and Vintage Motorsport magazines and has worked at both Porsche Panorama magazine and Edmunds.com. Doug is also a jazz piano player and a composer for television.

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