- Jeep Grand Cherokee offers great off-road and with Trackhawk, great on-track ability.
- The Honda Passport offers great V6 power and is sized right.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Base Price: $33,845 / Read our Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
What we like: It’s equipped inside and out as a luxury SUV with impressive on and off-road capabilities. Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers great towing ability, many engine choices including a supercharged 707-horsepower SRT V8.
What we would change: The reliability is average reliability and it’s more expensive than the competition. We’d like more room for the five passengers.
Overview: There aren’t many with the ability of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Nor are there many with similar engine choices from economy to track-ready. But when you have the chops to go on or off-road, and even on-track for as long as the Grand Cherokee has, then it is clear to see you are doing something right. Jeep fans are almost cult-like with their devotion to the brand.
What’s new for 2021: New packages and bundles for the most part, including an 80th Anniversary Edition with 20-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, parking assists, and a safety suite. New Laredo X trim features Limited trim add-ons including an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen. The Limited trim model offers Sun and Sound package with a dual sunroof and a nine-speaker audio system.
Features and Technology: The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6. An available 5.7-liter V8 comes with AWD, while the Grand Cherokee SRT includes a 6.4-liter V8 offering 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The Trackhawk has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 producing an other-worldly 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque.
What does the future hold: Scheduled to be restyled for the 2022 model year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is like a Swiss Army Knife: It can almost do it all. If you choose to buy a 2021 Grand Cherokee make sure it’s a killer deal. See 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee models for sale near you
2021 Honda Passport
Base Price: $33,710 / Read our 2021 Honda Passport Review
What we like: Offering a perfect size for most users, the Honda Passport exists between the Honda CR-V and the Honda Pilot in the brand’s lineup. It features an award-winning 3.5-liter V6 engine, front or available all-wheel-drive, and the stellar ability for Honda to retain its value. In a phrase, it’s money well-spent.
What we would change: We would beef up its off-road credentials for the ability to take you off-road and back home again. We would also work to bring its pricing more on par with its competition. Finally, we’d try to improve its fuel economy.
Overview: The new 2021 Honda Passport is a good-looking hauler that is capable of carrying five passengers in total comfort, even when bought in the base front-wheel-drive (FWD) configuration. Load it up with its very capable all-wheel drive, and you have a warrior that works all week and double-time on the weekends. When you consider it can haul the family, a bunch of cargo and tow up to 5,000 pounds, it’s easy to see why it’s a segment winner.
What’s new for 2021: Improvements for 2021 are rather scarce and are confined to the infotainment system. The Honda Display Audio System is now standard at the entry-level, with an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity included.
Features and Technology: Available in four trim levels, the Passport comes in Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. If not included in the trim level, all-wheel-drive can be had for $2,000. Even the entry-level Sport model is well equipped with 20-in alloy wheels, Honda Sensing safety suite, active noise cancellation, hill-start assist, a multi-angle rearview camera, and so much more. Still, we’d recommend popping for the EX-L for its added features. Is there any wonder why the Honda Passport is such a crowd-pleaser?
What does the future hold: Rumors suggest a restyled Honda Passport is in the works for 2022. Find a Honda Passport model for sale near you.
Grand Cherokee vs Passport: Strengths comparison
Jeep Grand Cherokee benefits: Ordering the base Laredo results in a fairly well-equipped vehicle, so a higher trim is more a reaction to personal tastes and the size of your investment portfolio. Even after all these years, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee still manages to turn heads.
Honda Passport benefits: The Honda Passport is for buyers looking for a family and cargo hauler without the need for a third-row seat. The larger Honda Pilot is for families, while the Passport is for the weekend road warrior.
Grand Cherokee vs Passport: Which is better?
While both are stylish, one has more capabilities than the other which ultimately comes down to what you want your vehicle to do. A feature-laden Jeep Grand Cherokee can manage to put the squeeze on the wallet, and on your gas credit card. A Honda Passport may not take you deep into the woods, but with the money you save, you could rent a Grand Cherokee for those times you do. For that reason, we choose the Honda Passport. Find a Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale or Find a Honda Passport for sale
|2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee||2021 Honda Passport|
|Engine||3.6-liter V6||3.5-liter V6|
|Horsepower||293 @ 6,400 rpm||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||260 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm|
|Transmission||8-spd automatic||9-spd automatic|
|Fuel Economy||21 mpg (19 city/26 hwy)||22 mpg (20 city/25 hwy)|
|Also Available||5.7-, 6.4-, 6.2-liter supercharged V8s, 4WD||AWD|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||4 stars (2WD) 5 stars (4WD)||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||114.8 inches||111.0 inches|
|Overall Length||189.8 inches||190.5 inches|
|Width||76.5 inches||78.6 inches|
|Height||69.3 inches||71.6 inches|
|Turning Diameter||37.1 feet||39.5 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.9 inches||40.1 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.2 inches||40.1 inches|
|Legroom, Front||40.3 inches||40.9 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||38.6 inches||39.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||58.7 inches||62.0 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||58.0 inches||61.9 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||105.4 cubic feet||115.9 cu. ft.|
|Cargo Volume||36.3/68.3 cu. ft.||41.2/77.9 cu. ft.|