Not so long ago, the 5-seater midsize SUV owned the road. They were replaced with 3-row variants but the 2-row utility vehicles are making a comeback.
The 2019 Honda Passport and 2019 Chevrolet Blazer are the two latest additions to the segment. This slowly but surely growing segment is meant to supply families with a right-sized vehicle where there’s more than enough room for our 1.61 kids per Canadian household and loads of trunk space for our favorite activities.
The newest newcomer arrived without saying much but it has left its mark. In fact, the 2019 Honda Passport has become our favorite thanks to its inherent Honda-ness and gargantuan cabin.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer arrived right around the same with the same intentions. While it may not be quite as large overall as the Honda, the remainder of their specs almost seemed copied, with a few exceptions.
These two trucks are vying for attention and want to serve you and your family but which one will fit your life better? Let’s now take a quick look at how these two compare with each other.
The main difference between the two SUVs is price point and market positioning. General Motors has decided to provide Canadians with a relatively inexpensive version of the Blazer.
As such, the base Blazer 2.5L is front-wheel drive only and features the 193-horsepower and 188 lb.-ft. of torque 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine. A 9-speed automatic transmission and hill start assist are standard as well. The next step on the trim ladder includes GM’s 3.6-litre V6 engine that provides 305-horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. It too includes a 9-speed automatic transmission and with it comes the option to throw in AWD.
The Honda Passport comes only one way. The following is all standard: 3.5-liter V6 good for 280-horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, a 9-speed automatic transmission and Honda’s AWD system.
Capacity-wise, the Passport can tow up to 5,000 lbs while the Blazer can manage 4,500 lbs. This gap is minimal here however in outright interior volume, the Honda crushes the Chevy. Behind the 2nd row, the Blazer provides up to 864 litres of boot space whereas the Pilot delivers 1,430 litres. If you enjoy leaving the paved road, the Honda offers 205mm or 8 inches of ground clearance while the Chevrolet hands over 188mm or 7.4 inches with the smaller wheels.
Given that the 2019 Honda Passport includes the max powertrain configuration with the base Sport model, it’s understandable that its starting price is of $41,990. At this price point, the Honda benefits from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Wi-Fi tethering, Bluetooth, nice audio system, heated steering wheel and loads more.
The standard 2019 Chevrolet Blazer 2.5L starts for as little as $35,100 and includes an 8-inch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, remote start and more. Adding the V6 and AWD brings the price up to $40,300 dramatically closing the gap between the two trucks.
The main differences at this level are that the Honda features a heated steering wheel and 20-inch wheels while the Chevy includes the max-trailering package which is an option on the Passport.
At the top end, the $48,990 Passport Touring and $48,700 Blazer Premier are close to identical. Once more, the Chevy has the towing group and offers a power tilt and telescoping steering column while the Honda includes wireless charging which is part of a $2,495 optional package on the GM.
We’d call this an even match.
Our Thoughts On The 2019 Honda Passport and 2019 Chevrolet Blazer
The 2019 Chevy Blazer has one crucial fault: It’s not the Blazer most buyers of this Blazer remember. The name conjures up “truck” and off-roading but this Blazer is nothing more than another SUV in name. The Honda Passport could be equally criticized for its name but do you, does anyone, remember the “original” Passport? No. No one does.
Although these two SUVs are direct competitors, the Blazer is more of a Nissan Murano and Ford Edge fighter and between the three, we like the Chevy for its design, packaging and we can easily forgive its nameplate. On the other hand, the Honda Passport satisfies everyone’s need for “more” but without the guilt associated with buying an 8-seater when you only have 1.61 kids.