2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Honda Passport

2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Honda Passport at Stampede Toyota in Calgary, Alberta

Another day, another fierce battle between competing Toyota and Honda models; this time, we look at the 2021 Toyota Highlander to see how it compares to another larger SUV in the Honda Passport. Read on to learn more about the similarities and differences with these two SUVs courtesy of the team at Calgary’s very own Stampede Toyota!

Design & Features

Toyota Highlander Design

The 2021 Toyota Highlander finds a fine balance between rugged and refined, thanks to sporty exterior details like a sculpted hood along with smart design touches found both inside and out. From standard LED headlamps and available LED fog lamps, to the available power sliding/tilting or panoramic moonroof options, the 2021 Highlander offers smart luxury alongside its real strength: space and utility. Swap out the 2nd row Captain’s Chairs for 2nd and 3rd row bench seating to take the Highlander from 7 passengers to 8, or revel in all the comfort—not to mention head- and legroom—that comes from the Captain’s Chairs. Extra large rear doors offer easy access to the 2nd and 3rd rows that can both fold flat, while the latter is a 60/40 split allowing for a multitude of cargo carrying options. Add in the available hands-free power liftgate, and loading and unloading your 2021 Toyota Highlander is as easy as it gets.

Honda Passport Design

The 2021 Honda Passport shares the same design ethos of the Highlander, though it seems to lack some of the rugged lines that set the Highlander apart. Also featuring standard LED headlights, the Passport does a similar job of lighting the path ahead. Unlike the Highlander, the Honda Passport comes with a one-touch power moonroof standard, though it lacks the panoramic option. The real difference in design can be found looking at seating capacity vs cargo capacity. The 2021 Honda Passport does offer more cargo capacity behind the second row, but that’s simply because it only offers seating for 5 while almost sharing the exact same exterior measurements. This makes the 2021 Highlander substantially more versatile, with the option of adding another 2 to 3 passengers to go along with an incredibly similar cargo volume behind the 2nd row—with the Passport edging out the Highlander by just shy of 2 cubic feet. 

Specifications:2021 Toyota Highlander LE2021 Honda Passport EX
Length (mm/in)4,950 / 194.95,000 / 196.9
Width (mm/in)1,930 / 76.01,990 / 78.3
Height (mm/in)1,730 / 68.11,759 / 69.3
Wheelbase (mm/in)2,850 / 112.22,900 / 114.2
Ground Clearance (mm/in)204 / 8.0203 / 8.0

Performance & Capability

In terms of performance, these two larger SUVs share similar stats. Both utilizing a 3+ litre V6 engine, and both getting just shy of 300 horses (along with nearly identical torque), they both offer plenty of power whether you’re within the city limits or in the passing lane of the highway. They’re also both matched to 8-speed automatic transmissions, though the Highlander takes the lead here thanks to its transmission’s Direct Shift capabilities—allowing you to shift to a simulated manual mode, and offering more control in terms of shifting. This allows experienced drivers the ability to downshift and engine brake on wet and snowy roads, or find more torque in off-road situations. The 2021 Honda Passport does offer marginally better fuel economy, but this can be accounted for by the added seats found in the Highlander adding to the vehicle’s overall weight. As to be expected with any of the more off-road ready SUVs, both the Highlander and Passport offer their respective all-wheel drive systems for excellent control in all conditions.

Specifications:2021 Toyota Highlander2021 Honda Passport EX
Engine3.5L V6 Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence3.8L V6 GDI
Horsepower295291
Torque (lb-ft)263262
Transmission8-speed Direct Shift automatic8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy (city/highway) (L/100 km)11.8 / 8.612.6 / 9.7

Safety & Technology

Also to be expected from most modern vehicles, the 2021 Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander both offer a wide variety of safety and technology features, starting with matching 8.0-inch infotainment systems. Going a step further, the Highlander Platinum offers a 12.3-inch infotainment screen—one of the largest in the segment. In terms of active and advanced safety features, the Passport features Honda Sensing™ technologies like Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and other confidence building driver assistance features. Not to be outdone, the 2021 Toyota Highlander is the first Toyota in Canada to feature Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+, an incredibly comprehensive safety suite with Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian & Bicycle Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Left Turn Intersection Support, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Curve Speed Management, and more, making it one of the safest SUVs on the market, period.

 

Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Passport Verdict

While the exterior dimensions and performance of the Highlander and Passport are quite similar, the safety and utility of the 2021 Toyota Highlander help push it ahead. From an additional 2-3 seats, to the impressive Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ suite of advanced safety and driver assistance technology, the Highlander provides far more versatility whether you’re hauling cargo or carrying friends and family. Add in a lower MSRP, and a greater range of trim levels—including a Hybrid model—and it’s easy to see that the Toyota Highlander is a smart and versatile purchase.

You can learn more about the 2021 Toyota Highlander by stopping by Calgary’s Stampede Toyota, or using the form below to book a test drive. In addition to the Highlander, we offer an extensive new and pre-owned inventory along with the best financing, service, parts, and accessories Alberta has to offer!

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