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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2021 Honda Passport: Which Is Better?

The Honda Passport is a star for its reliability while the Jeep Grand Cherokee has stellar off-road ability. But everyone wants to know: Which is better?

Quick Facts

  • 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

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

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
Popular Powertrains
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
Specs
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.

  

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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