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Honda Passport vs. Honda Pilot: Specs, Dimensions, Capability (2021, 2020, 2019)

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Honda Passport

So your search for a new family SUV has brought you to the Honda lineup. The 2021 Honda Passport and 2021 Honda Pilot are two excellent options. But what are the differences between the two? The Passport is a tough two-row SUV with seating for five people, compared with the three-row Pilot with seating for up to eight people. Want more details? Use the following Pilot versus Passport research guide created by the team at Honda of Jefferson City in Jefferson City, MO.

Shop the available inventory at our Jefferson City, MO, dealership to find both the 2021 Pilot and Passport for sale near you. If you have any questions, reach out to our sales staff online or by phone at (573) 893-7676.

Power & Handling

As you go from outdoor adventures to cross-town trips, both the 2021 Honda Passport and Pilot are built to support you every mile of the way. You’ll find the same V6 engine under the hood of both SUVs, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Powerful towing capabilities up to 5,000 pounds are also available with the Passport and Pilot, so you can head down to Lake of the Ozarks for a weekend of family fun.

You can equip either model with Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) all-wheel drive (AWD), and both are built with a four-wheel independent suspension. Intelligent traction management can be found in both the Passport and Pilot. Every Passport is equipped with this feature, while traction management is standard on the Pilot EX trim and up.

Find performance specs for both the Passport and Pilot in the table below.

Honda SUV

2021 Passport

2021 Pilot


3.5L i-VTEC® V6 w/ idle-stop

3.5L i-VTEC® V6 w/ idle-stop


280 HP

280 HP


262 lb.-ft.

262 lb.-ft.

Fuel Economy (city/hwy)

20/25* MPG

20/27** MPG

Towing (2WD/AWD)

3,500 lbs./5,000 lbs.

3,500 lbs./5,000 lbs.

*20 city/25 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

** 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Interior Comfort & Design

Family friendly comfort and flexibility are standard characteristics of both the 2021 Passport and Pilot. Both models are multipurpose vehicles with flexible interiors, including 60/40 split flat-folding second-row seats. Some of the key differences between the two models include:

  • The Pilot third row is a 60/40 split flat-folding bench seat, and the Pilot offers heated second-row captain’s chairs in the Touring and Elite trims.
  • Maximum cargo space in the 2021 Honda Pilot is 109.2 cubic-feet; maximum seating tops out at eight people.
  • The 2021 Honda Passport offers up to 100.8 cubic-feet of cargo space and seating for five people.

Both models share the following features in select trims:

  • Ten-way power driver’s seat and four-way power front passenger’s seat
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front and second-row seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Interior ambient LED lighting
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
2021 Honda Passport interior


2021 Honda Pilot interior


Exterior Features

Equipped for bold style and outfitted for all your adventures, the 2021 Pilot and Passport are uniquely suited to your needs. The 2021 Honda Passport is equipped with robust 20-inch alloy wheels on every trim, while the 2021 Pilot gives you the option of either 18-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels, depending on the model.

The Pilot Elite trim offers a panoramic glass roof, so your second-row passengers can enjoy the sun and stars at their leisure.

Similar exterior features in select 2021 Pilot and Passport models include:

  • LED brake lights, headlights, and fog lights
  • Roofline spoiler with integrated brake light
  • One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature
  • Hands-free access power tailgate
  • Roof rails
2021 Honda Passport exterior


2021 Honda Pilot exterior


Technology Features

Engage your entertainment and keep your passengers connected with the convenient tech that packs the 2021 Honda Pilot and Passport. Both models feature an 8-inch display audio system and allow you to connect your smartphone with Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay®. Other similar technology features in both models include:

  • Ten-speaker premium sound system
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System™
  • HD Radio™
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • CabinControl® remote compatibility
  • Wi-Fi® hotspot capability

If you plan to use your SUV with second- and third-row passengers on a regular basis, the 2021 Honda Pilot comes with the following tech features designed specifically for them.

Safety Features

Provide peace of mind for your next drive with the standard Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technology in both the 2021 Honda Pilot and Passport. Honda Sensing® includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road departure mitigation system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keeping assist system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning

Other safety features that both the 2021 Pilot and Passport share include:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Blind spot information system with cross traffic monitor
  • Auto high-beam headlights