After a 17-year hiatus, the Honda Passport is back and better than ever before! The first generation of the Honda Passport was in fact an Isuzu Rodeo with Honda badges. Honda needed an SUV rapidly and the Honda-badged Rodeo was the best fit. Onward to 2019 and the Honda Passport is back but this time it won’t require new badges as it is purely a Honda. Today we are contrasting the new Passport to the Nissan Murano, an SUV that began its life as the old Passport was leaving the market. Can 17 years worth of styling and technology updates provide the Murano an edge over the Passport? We will see.
This is the 1 section that will likely be really comparable. Both the brand-new Honda Passport and the 2019 Nissan Murano are powered by a solitary engine without any current upgrades available. The solitary motor for both SUVs is a 3.5L V6 engine. The new Passport was developed as more of an off-roader than a mall crawler so it makes good sense that it has a bit more power.
Other than an unusual time when it was available as a 2-door convertible, the Nissan Murano has actually been a little bit of an ordinary entry in the mid-size SUV section. It’s been fine, ultimately not great but not awful either. Nissan has striven to make the Murano far better for 2019 by giving it a new facelift, brand-new wheels, and standard LED headlights and LED taillights. The Passport is based off the popular Honda Pilot but it’s slightly smaller sized, has standard 20-inch wheels, LED Low-Beam Headlights, and much more aggressive looks than big brother, the Pilot. Both SUVs feature offered front heated/ventilated seats, push button ignition, as well as natural leather seats. The 2019 Honda Passport separates itself from the Murano with optional attributes like the Hands-Free Power Tailgate, a Wireless Phone Charger, as well as Mobile Hotspot Capability.
Like the majority of new automobiles, both the Murano and the Passport are filled with modern technology. Both SUVs include available 8-inch touch screen stereos, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, and NAV with Voice Recognition. The real game-changer is the basic collection of safety tech on both vehicles.The ’19 Nissan Murano is no slouch, it comes geared up with Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward-Collision Warning, Rear Door Alert, and Intelligent Driver Alertness. You have the ability to upgrade and add Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intelligent Cruise Control, as well as Traffic Sign Recognition. That’s an outstanding list yet the brand-new Passport has even more typical features like: Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. The only actual safety and security upgrade is the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor.
|2019 Honda Passport||VS.||2019 Nissan Murano|
|3.5L 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC V6||Engine||3.5L 24-Valve DOHC V6|
|9-Speed Automatic Transmission
with Shift-By-Wire (SBW) and Paddle Shifters
|LED Low-Beams w/ Auto-On/Off
LED Brake Lights (Standard)
|Exterior Lighting||LED headlights, LED Taillights (Standard)
LED Fog lights (Available)
|20-inch Alloy (Standard)||Wheels||18-inch alloys (Standard)
20-inch alloys (Available)
|Power Moonroof Available||Sunroof||Panoramic Moonroof Available|
|5-inch Color LCD Screen (Standard)
8-inch High Resolution Touchscreen, Navigation (Available)
|Multimedia||NISSANCONNECT® 8-inch Touch-screen (Standard)
|Multi-Angle Rearview Camera||Cameras||Rearview Monitor (Standard)
Intelligent Around View® Monitor (Available)
While the new Murano has come a long way in 12 years, but the mix of outstanding conventional safety technology, bolder/more sturdy design, and a more effective engine seals the victory for the Passport. The ’19 Honda Passport is the winner in this neck and neck match.
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