Based on Honda’s larger three-row Pilot, the two-row Passport has a stiffer look for 2022 and a TrailSport rim with bolder design touches, standard all-wheel drive, and unique 18-inch wheels. For its part, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been redesigned and counts on its off-road capability, improving the cabin and adding more hybrid powertrains. Which SUV should you choose? Edmonds experts compared them to find out the answer.
Energy and fuel economy
Like the Pilot, the Honda Passport is powered exclusively by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower. Buyers are given a choice of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations with a nine-speed automatic transmission. On Edmunds testing, this combo moved the Passport from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. All-wheel drive Passport models earn 21 mpg from the EPA (19 city/24 highway), and the 115-mile test track averaged 22 mpg.
Jeep Grand Cherokee offers three powertrain combinations: a standard V6, a powerful V8, or a plug-in hybrid with 26 miles of all-electric range. V6-equipped models produce a healthy 293 horsepower, V8 versions produce 357 horsepower, and 4xe hybrids produce a whopping 375 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive is standard on V6 derivatives, and all-wheel drive is available. Other versions come standard with all-wheel drive.
Our evaluation of the V8-powered four-wheel drive Grand Cherokee included 0-60 mph in under 6.5 seconds. However, this segment-leading performance comes with a fuel economy penalty. The eight-cylinder model gets just 17 mpg. On the upside, Grand Cherokee’s V6 delivers up to 22 mpg combined, and the plug-in hybrid could be the most fuel-efficient of the bunch.
Winner: Grand Cherokee
comfort and capacity
The passport provides ample head and legroom for five adult passengers. The doors open wide for easy entry and exit, and seat comfort is excellent. The front seats are available with heating and ventilation, while the rear seats are reclining, with an option for heating. Ride quality is great over small bumps, and the cabin is well insulated from wind and road noise. The Passport is decently capable off-road, although its maximum ground clearance of 8.1 inches isn’t particularly great. The maximum towing capacity when properly equipped is 5000 lbs, suitable for towing a small to medium sized trailer.
No Grand Cherokee can match the massive interior volume of a Passport, though adults fit comfortably in both rows. All seats can be equipped with heating and ventilation, and the back row can be reclined. The ride is consistent with road imperfections, though wind and tire noise are higher than similarly priced SUVs.
Off-road, the Grand Cherokee impresses with all-wheel drive, low-range gearing, and an optional air suspension that delivers up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance. There are few places this SUV can’t go, and with a 7,200-pound towing capacity, there are few rides that the Grand Cherokee can’t bring with it.
The Honda Passport is more spacious and comfortable, but the Grand Cherokee associates this class with its impressive capabilities.
Features and value
Honda canceled the 2022 Sport model, leaving the more popular EX-L as the passport’s entry point. Priced at $41,195, the EX-L includes coveted amenities like leather seats, heated front seats, driver assistance technologies, and a power sunroof. Combined with exceptional materials and build quality, these features solidify the Passport’s value.
Jeep sheds a wide grille with Grand Cherokee options and prices. At $40,120, the entry-level model is competitively priced but lacks many of the standard features available elsewhere. Meanwhile, fully loaded trims gain equipment that rivals can’t match, but the Grand Cherokee’s price is conquering the luxury car territory, albeit without justifiable build quality. The passport does not skimp on amenities and does not inflate its price, earning a profit.
This one is close. The redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee offers upscale amenities and lives up to Jeep’s reputation for providing capable outdoor adventure. But the improved ride quality and higher value offered by the Honda Passport make it an overall better choice for most people shopping for a midsize SUV.
Automotive website Edmunds submitted this story to the Associated Press.
Miles Branman is an Edmunds contributor. Follow Miles on Twitter