2020 Honda Passport vs. 2020 Honda Pilot: What’s the Difference?

October 2nd, 2020 by

Differences between the Pilot and Passport

The Pilot and Passport are two of Honda’s similar midsize SUVs for sale. While both vehicles share the majority of their parts, they’re steadily differentiated in a few ways. One of these distinguishers is seating capacity. Whereas the Pilot, a great minivan alternative, has three rows of seats and room for up to eight passengers, the Passport has just two rows of seats, offering room for up to five passengers.

We’ll be comparing the two SUVs in a number of categories to highlight their key differences.


In terms of appearance, the Pilot and Passport differ a bit. In the front, the Passport has a blacked-out grille and different bumper design. The Passport uses black trim on the sides while the Pilot uses chrome. Around back, each vehicle has a unique taillight design. Check out the Honda Passport and Pilot appearance differences today.

In terms of size, the Pilot and Passport share the same 111-in wheelbase. Honda shortened the Pilot by 6 inches when engineering the Passport. The Pilot comes in at 196.5 inches long, while the Passport measures 190.5 inches. Both vehicles are the same width. The Passport has a slightly taller suspension setup and sits between an inch and an inch and a half taller than the Pilot, depending on whether the Passport is equipped with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Schedule a test drive at Hendrick Honda in Charlotte today!


The Pilot and the Passport share every interior part they can, so their dashboards, center consoles, seats, and door panels are practically identical. This style and function of interior are packed with storage solutions, which makes either vehicle an incredible commuter or family SUV. The only real difference is behind the second row, where the Pilot houses a third row of seats capable of seating up to three passengers across. The Passport has only two rows of seats for a maximum seating capacity of five people. The best solution for you depends on how many people ride with you on a regular basis.

Given the Pilot’s added length, it provides a bit more cargo room than the Passport. The Pilot offers 46.8 cu ft behind its second row and 83.9 cu ft with the second row folded flat. The Passport, by comparison, has 41.2 cu ft behind its second row and 77.9 cu ft with the second row folded. So the Passport is smaller than the Pilot, but not by a significant amount. Each vehicle also has clever storage compartments to give you additional space.


The Pilot and Passport have Honda’s excellent 3.5-liter V6 engine, which makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Pilot uses a 6-speed automatic transmission in its LX, EX, and EX-L trims. The upper level Touring and Elite trims come with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Every trim level of the Passport comes with the 9-speed automatic transmission. If you’re not sure which model or trim you should buy, consider scheduling an appointment with our Hendrick Honda team. This way, we can answer your questions and get you into a new Passport or Pilot.

The lower trims of the Pilot and the Passport each come standard with FWD, though AWD is optional. The Pilot’s touring and Elite trims and the Passport’s Elite trims come standard with AWD. With the 9-speed transmission and AWD, the Pilot is rated by the EPA at 18 miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg in combined driving. The Passport is rated at 19 mpg city/24 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined when equipped with AWD. The difference here isn’t significant, but certainly, something to note when analyzing the two SUVs.


The difference between these vehicles really comes down to one thing: seating capacity. Deciding between the Passport and Pilot is simple. If you want a third-row seat, get the Pilot, which offers seating for up to eight passengers, or seven when designed with captain’s chairs. One other thing to note is that the Pilot also comes with a bit more cargo space and some more family-oriented features than the Passport. If you don’t need the third row, though, the Passport may be your style and is a little less expensive.

Contact Hendrick Honda of Charlotte today to test drive the Honda Pilot or Passport today! We’re very willing to answer your questions and help you navigate the financing or leasing paperwork. We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, shop our SUV inventory and indulge in Pilot and Passport research.