Mid-size SUVs are generally the sweet spot in the SUV segment as they offer a significant amount of space compared to compact crossovers. Not to forget their commanding demeanor that draws a lot of attention. The Honda Passport is a name to reckon with in the SUV segment and has been a mainstay in the American market for almost three decades. With a family-friendly cabin, a host of standard features, and added practicality, the Passport offers a lot more than a lot of its competitors. But there are some other fitting competitors such as the Mazda CX-9 which is also just as popular. In this comparison article, we are going to see what makes the Passport stand apart from the CX-9.
For the 2021 model year, Honda has updated the infotainment systems of the base models with an eight-inch touchscreen display replacing the five-inch display offered in the previous model year. The 2021 Passport is available in four trims – Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. The pricing ranges from $32,790 MSRP for the Sport trim and goes up to $44,180 MSRP for the top-of-the-line Elite trim. Interested in the 2021 Honda Passport? We at White’s Honda Lima can help you out. Contact us today to schedule a test drive.
2021 Honda Passport
2021 Mazda CX-9
||2.5-liter Turbocharged Inline-four-cylinder|
|280 hp / 262 ft.-lbs.
||Horsepower / Torque
||227 hp / 310 ft.-lbs.|
|41.2 cu. ft.
||Cargo Space (Cubic Feet)
||14.4 cu. ft.|
|20 / 25 / 22
||MPG (City/ Highway/ Combined)
||22 / 28 / 24|
|7.5 inches||Ground Clearance (inches)||8.8 inches|
|3,500 lbs.||Towing Capacity (Pounds)||3,500lbs.|
The Honda Passport offers superior performance and handling characteristics compared to the Mazda CX-9. As you can see from the table above, the Passport’s power output is a lot higher than the CX-9. The Towing capacity is similar for both vehicles. However, opting for the all-wheel-drive drivetrain will increase the towing capacity to 5,000 pounds. The Passport’s nine-speed automatic transmission is a lot easier to work with compared to the six-speed automatic transmission of the CX-9. The V-6 works like a charm and ensures uninterrupted power delivery and performance.
Coming to the interior, the 2021 Passport offers an impressive cargo space of 41.2 cubic feet compared to the meager 14.4 cubic feet cargo space of the CX-9. Sure, the Mazda CX-9 offers third-row seating, but the Passport offers significant passenger room for all its passengers. The seats are comfortable for both inner-city as well as long-distance commutes. Except for the base Sport trim, all the other trims come with a 10-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, a four-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat, leather upholstery, and a heated function. Not to forget perforated heated and ventilated seats for the top-end Elite trim.
The 2021 Passport is equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity. Other than the base model, the other trims also come with Wi-Fi Hotspot, HD Radio, SiriusXM, SMS Text Message Function, CabinControl™ Remote Compatibility, and Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition® and Honda HD Digital Traffic system.
All in all, the Honda Passport is well equipped mid-size SUV. Contact us today to experience the 2021 Honda Passport in person.