2023 Honda CR-V vs. Honda Pilot vs Honda Passport
When shopping for an SUV, the reasons for selecting a Honda are well established. You’re looking for something capable, well-built, and efficient. But Honda has a few different SUV models, and these are built for different types of situations. Understanding these differences is critical in selecting the right SUV for your particular lifestyle. So Germain Honda of Surprise put together a helpful guide to the differences between these excellent SUVs.
Honda CR-V VS Honda Pilot VS Honda Passport
|2023 CR-V||2022 Pilot||2022 Passport|
|184.8 inches||Length||196.5 inches||189.1|
|73.5 inches||Width||78.6 inches||78.6 inches|
|39.3 cu ft / 76.5 cu ft||Cargo Volume (rear seat up/down)||55.9 cu ft* / 109.2 cu ft||50.5 cu ft* / 100.8 cu ft|
|103.5 cu ft||Passenger Volume||152.9 cu ft||114.9 cu ft|
|1500 lbs||Towing Capacity (2WD/AWD)||3500 lbs / 5000lbs||3500 lbs / 5000lbs|
|7.8 in / 8.2 in||Ground Clearance (2WD/AWD)||7.3 in (7.9 for TrailSport)||7.5 in / 8.1 in|
|28 / 34 / 30||Fuel Economy 2WD (City/Highway/Combined)**||20 / 27 / 23||20 / 25 / 22|
|27 / 32 / 29||Fuel Economy AWD (City/Highway/Combined)**||19 / 26 / 22||19 / 24 / 21|
|No||TrailSport Trim Available||Yes||Yes|
A lot of the best features of these SUVs are things that they have in common. This includes optional AWD, the Honda Sensing suite of safety technology, and integration for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The big difference between these models is the size, the CR-V is a compact, while the Pilot and Passport are midsize. The smaller CR-V also uses a smaller engine, a 190-horsepower I4, compared to the V6 in the Pilot and Passport, which makes 280 horsepower. This means the CR-V gets better fuel economy, as evidenced by the 30mpg combined fuel economy rating.
It’s not a huge step up from the CR-V’s length of 184.8 inches and the Passport’s 189.1 inches, but the Passport is noticeably longer, at 196.5 inches. That’s because the Passport comes with a third row of seats, accommodating 8, compared to the 5 seats in the other two models. But with passengers in the third row, you’re down to 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the Passport, while the Pilot has 41.2 cubic feet of cargo space all the time. So whether you’re carrying a lot of cargo or people is definitely a factor in which SUV would suit you best.
All three of these vehicles have good ground clearance, with less than an inch of difference between the tallest and the shortest. But only the Pilot and Passport have the option of the off-road-focused TrailSport trim, which also boosts the Pilot’s ride height to 7.9 inches. The CR-V can handle towing smaller loads, but the 5,000lbs towing capacity for the AWD Pilot and Passport is a big step up. Lastly, due to supply issues, there will be a longer wait for a new CR-V than you’ll have with a Pilot or Passport. If you have any questions or would like to see these vehicles in person, Germain Honda of College Hills is here with a friendly and knowledgeable team to help you.
*MSRP including tax, license, registration, $1,245 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for premium colors.
**Based on 2023 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.