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2021 Jaguar F-Pace vs. 2021 Honda Passport: Which Is Better?

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is as luxurious as the 2021 Honda Passport is utilitarian. Both have their place, but which is better?

Quick Facts

  • The Jaguar F-Pace has been extensively facelifted for the 2021 model year.
  • The 2021 Honda Passport maintains its off-roading ability but requires optional AWD.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

Base Price:  $45,000 / Read our 2021 Jaguar F-Pace Review

What we like: Its 2021 facelift, standard all-wheel drive, hybrid-boost to its inline-6, 395-horsepower sporty R Dynamic S 400 model

What we would change: Bring back diesel power, re-introduce a high-performance SVR model, improve resale value

Overview: It looks good whether on or off-road. Credit goes to the F-Pace’s standard AWD and 8.4-inches of ground clearance. These add up to a go-anywhere ability that makes this Jag attack some off-road routes like its Land-Rover cousin. The new 11.4-inch touchscreen display is quite the looker inside the F-Pace’s cabin.

What’s new for 2021: Featuring a major restyling for 2021, the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace now offers a mild-hybrid inline 6-cylinder engine, an improved interior with active noise cancellation, and an intuitive operating system that permits the completion of many tasks with one or two taps of a finger.

Features and Technology: Prime technology comes by way of a 48-volt belt-driven electric motor that gives a boost to the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 cylinder engine. Two other engine options provide motivation for most needs and wallets. Standard all-wheel-drive will take you off-road and eventually back on again. Properly equipped, it can tow nearly 5,300 pounds. Notable F-Pace options include a wearable activity key (that can be used to lock, unlock, and start this Jaguar SUV), a Cabin Air Ionization filter (that purifies the interior air),  a head-up display (HUD), and a blacked-out exterior package.

What does the future hold: Since the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is essentially new for this model year, expect mild upgrades in subsequent years. See the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace models for sale near you

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Honda Passport
Base Price:  $33,710 / Read our 2021 Honda Passport Review

What we like: Muscular 3.5-liter V6 engine, available AWD, Honda reliability and resale value

What we would change: Average fuel economy, good not great off-road capability, push-button gear selector, choppy ride

Overview: When properly-equipped, the 2021 Honda Passport is a great 2-row SUV, that can be the weekly warrior between home and work, and at the same time haul the family on a weekend getaway. When properly equipped with AWD and the towing kit, it can tow up to a 5,000-pound load. Oh, and there’s that great Honda resale value.

What’s new for 2021: For 2021, there’s a new infotainment setup. The Honda Display Audio system at the entry-level now comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity.

Features and Technology: Available all-wheel-drive is here ($2,000) but not at every trim level. The higher the trim level you go, the higher the feature content—and the price. Available features include a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, 10-speaker 550-watt premium audio system, acoustic glass, Tri-zone climate control, 20-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, and more. Standard Honda Sensing safety suite is standard on all trims and includes an emergency braking system, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and more.

What does the future hold: Although just refreshed last year, an update is due within the next two model years. If the past is any indication, it will sport even tougher looks. See 2021 Honda Passport models for sale near you

F-Pace vs. Passport: Strengths Comparison

Jaguar F-Pace benefits: Stylish good looks,  mild-hybrid powertrain, standard AWD, 5,300-pound towing capability

Honda Passport benefits: Bulletproof Honda reliability and resale, decent off-road capability, lower pricing

2021 F-Pace vs. 2021 Passport: Which is better?

The Jaguar F-Pace is one of the more stylish SUVs on the road today. With full-time AWD, and an available 3.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged V6, it has both on- and off-the-road capabilities. The Honda can tow nearly the same amount, carry five people, and will still be in demand after it’s paid off. As much as we like the Jaguar F-Pace, if we were voting solely by our wallet, we think the Honda Passport is better. Find a 2021 Jaguar F-Pace for sale or Find a 2021 Honda Passport for sale

2021 Jaguar F-Pace 2021 Honda Passport
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.0-liter turbo  I4 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 246 hp @ 5,500 rpm 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 269 lb-ft @1,300 rpm 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
Transmission 8-spd automatic 9-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 24 mpg (22 city/27 hwy) 22 mpg (20 city/25 hwy)
Also Available 3.0-liter turbo/supercharged I6 AWD
Specs
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Safety Rating n/a 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 113.1 inches 111.0 inches
Overall Length 186.9 inches 190.5 inches
Width 76.2 inches 78.6 inches
Height 65.5 inches 71.6 inches
Turning Diameter 39 feet 39.5 feet
Headroom, Front 37.8 inches 40.1 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.5 inches 40.1 inches
Legroom, Front 40.3 inches 40.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 37.2 inches 39.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.7 inches 62.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.8 inches 61.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume n/a 115.9 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume 31.5/63.5 cu. ft. 41.2/77.9 cu. ft.
Mark Elias
Mark Elias is a writer and photographer specializing in automotive topics ranging from new and used cars to classics and motorsports. His first car was a Matchbox Jaguar D-Type. From there, things have only become larger. During his professional career, he has been a staff photographer for the Associated Press, a contract photographer for Bloomberg News, and a contributor to automotive outlets... Read More about Mark Elias

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