With the new Chevrolet Blazer RS now on sale, publications are pitting the new CUV against others in the crowded, but growing mainstream midsize crossover segment. Just recently, Car and Driver gave the Blazer a win over the Ford Edge, and now Motor Trend is pouring on the accolades in a comparison test against the Honda Passport.
On paper, the two five-passenger crossovers are quite similar. However, all you have to do is look at them side by side to understand they were designed with a different ethos in mind. The Passport is a shortened Honda Pilot with modified front and rear fascias – and it shows. It’s also a smaller Pilot inside and out. Chevy designers, meanwhile, infused the Chevrolet Blazer with some Camaro DNA from the aggressive front fascia to the sculpted sides and a slick rear end. The Camaro inspiration bleeds to the inside, too, for better or worse.
The difference in exterior design also carry over to the vehicles’ performance prowess, according to MT. The Honda Passport is inoffensive in its driving characteristics, providing a comfortable ride and sacrificing styling for utility.
The Chevrolet Blazer handles quite well, providing a better and sportier ride. And though sporty driving characteristics could matter little to actual buyers of utility vehicles like the Blazer and Passport, those who do hustle the Blazer will be pleasantly surprised.
The Honda Passport sports a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 280 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, making it a worthy competitor against the Blazer’s optional 3.6-liter V6 LGX motor that makes 308 horses and 272 pound-feet of torque. (see more on 2019 Blazer engines). Both offer all-wheel drive and nine-speed automatic gearboxes. However, Honda’s gearbox hinders the Passport’s performance, shifting roughly at low speeds and being unresponsive when one lays into the accelerator.
While the Passport offers more usable space than the Blazer, and the two are comparable in performance, Motor Trend picked the Blazer as the winner, lauding its powerful powertrain, composed driving manners, and head-turning styling as characteristics.