2019 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2019 Honda Passport: Examine Vehicles
We’ll spare you the frosted-tipped, rap-rock, slap-bracelet nostalgia from the 1990s. We’ve all seen the images.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer and 2019 Honda Passport are two names from near-history that expired, revived for 2019 and reapplied to new SUVs.
This time, each names apply to considerably much less rugged and fewer boxy automobiles than their forebears, however carry out related features: they’re tall-riding automobiles, match for 5, and loosely associated to different automobiles of their respective showrooms.
The Honda Passport is an in depth cousin to the family-friendly Pilot, however with much less room within the again and no third row. The Chevy Blazer shares its bones with different crossovers in Chevrolet and GMC showrooms, most intently to the Equinox.
We rated the 2019 Chevy Blazer at 6.2 and the 2019 Honda Passport at 5.8, a win for the Chevy. That hole could shut as soon as security scores are figured in—federal and unbiased testers haven’t but crashed both however solely the Passport is provided with automated emergency braking on each trim stage, which our scores favor.
On paper, the race between the Passport and Blazer components down the center like a foul haircut. (We’ll cease now.)
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2019 Chevrolet Blazer
2019 Chevrolet Blazer
On appears alone, the Blazer wins our showdown. Making use of the Camaro’s glossy shapes to a crossover physique labored properly for us, the swoopy shapes and skinny LEDs on high of a tie-fighter nostril. The taillights are cribbed from a Camaro, too, however go away open an excessive amount of house for physique stamping and contours to dilute a method that we in any other case favor.
The Passport commits no sins, however doesn’t commit itself to a lot both. There are a handful of touches to separate from the Pilot—unpainted bumpers and an non-obligatory roof rack, notably.
Inside, we didn’t see a lot separation between the 2 associated Hondas; for those who’ve been in a Passport, you’ve been in a Pilot.
The Blazer, in contrast, takes some dangers inside that principally work apart from ergonomic quibbles. The gimballed air vents double as temperature controls, which is a win. Broad swathes of look-at-me crimson plastic? We’re blended.
The Blazer impresses extra in efficiency, too. The non-obligatory, 308-horsepower V-6 is a stout performer within the Blazer and briskly shuttles the two-ton SUV down roads with extra fury than sound. It’s teamed to a 9-speed automated transmission and front- or all-wheel drive—the latter makes use of certainly one of two techniques, relying on trim stage.
A base inline-Four within the Blazer makes 193 hp and can also be mated to a 9-speed automated however is front-wheel drive solely. It’s competent, particularly in decrease gears designed for higher takeoff, however runs out of concepts at freeway speeds.
2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport, 2018 LA Auto Present
The Passport is provided solely with a 280-horsepower V-6 and 9-speed automated. Entrance-wheel drive is customary, and all-wheel drive is an choice, however the Passport gained’t journey too far off pavement.
Its V-6 is a prepared performer, however we’ve discovered that it’s considerably confused. The Passport’s higher reward is its experience, which wasn’t a shock: the Pilot excelled at a creamy household experience, anyway.
It shouldn’t be a shock then that we choose the Passport’s house for passengers. 5 match simply inside the large Passport, there are 41 cubic ft of cargo room behind the second row. Each seating place is excessive and gifted with good outward imaginative and prescient, leftovers from the Pilot’s mission as a household hauler.
The Blazer’s seats, in contrast, aren’t as snug because the Honda’s, though there’s loads of room for adults. The underside cushions are a bit of quick, and whereas the rear seats slide for extra room, we’re nonetheless searching for extra consolation. Behind the second row, the Blazer provides greater than 30 cubes of cargo room, which is greater than sufficient however not cavernous just like the Passport.
The 2 crossovers are sized inside an inch of one another, bumper to bumper. The Blazer is lower than an inch longer (191.Four inches vs. 190.three inches), however the Passport is roughly two inches wider. The Blazer has practically two extra inches between its wheels, however the Honda appears smarter about its house.
Neither crossover has been crashed by federal or unbiased testers, so it’s a draw there till we get extra knowledge. The Honda has three trump playing cards to play: automated emergency braking, lively lane management, and adaptive cruise management are customary on all trims.
The Blazer provides these options, however with its arms out. Chevy makes these options out there on RS and Premier trim ranges, that are already costlier, after which asks for more cash.
And for options, that begins the Blazer off on the incorrect foot.
Base Blazers with a turbo-Four and front-wheel drive price about $30,000 and provide an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, keyless ignition, dual-zone local weather management, 18-inch wheels, an in-car wi-fi hotspot (knowledge bought individually) and 4 USB ports.
The starter Passport Sport prices about $33,000 with front-wheel drive, however contains lively security options, 20-inch wheels, power-adjustable driver’s seat, two USB ports, however solely a 5.0-inch show for audio with out smartphone compatibility. That’s not precisely thrilling, however it’s safer.
Our candy spot for each lands nearer to $40,000: a Blazer RS and Passport EX-L. Each function lively security options (non-obligatory on the Blazer, nonetheless), an 8.0-inch touchscreen with smartphone options, 20-inch wheels, an influence tailgate, and upgraded upholstery in comparison with base fashions.
The EPA’s calculators don’t assist our indecision: each crossovers, when geared up with a V-6, charge 22 mpg mixed with front-wheel drive or 21 mpg mixed with all-wheel drive. Solely the bottom Blazer’s turbo-Four is comparatively frugal: the EPA provides it a 25-mpg ranking.
In the long run, it’s the Blazer’s styling that pushes our buttons for now. We are saying it’d look higher with lively security options, however GM hasn’t but learn our letters.
The Passport pays lip service to some modicum of off-roadability, however customary 20-inch wheels say in any other case to us. The Honda excels at consolation and house for adults, which speaks in all probability extra to its mission in life anyway.
Each crossovers charge higher than common on our scale, and provide crossover consumers extra choices for the automobiles they like, and we—need it that means.