2020 Ford Edge vs 2020 Honda Passport – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2020 Ford Edge

    A silver 2020 Ford Edge is angled left.

    Starting at

    $31,100

    2020 Honda Passport

    A silver 2020 Honda Passport is angled right on a white background.

    Starting at

    $31,990

    335Max Horsepower (HP)280
    380Max Torque (lb-ft)262
    21/29 MPGFuel Economy (city/highway)20/25 MPG

    Whether they are single, have a family, or are empty-nesters, more and more people are discovering that SUVs are the ideal vehicle for their lifestyles. These are not the bulky old SUVs with a stiff ride that were first introduced ages ago. Today's SUVs provide the creature comforts and drivability of a sedan but in a roomier format. There are quite a few different configurations of SUVs, but the two-row, midsize SUV is the perfect combination of the best features from the compact and full-size SUVs, without the downside of either. These midsize SUVs can fit up to five passengers with plenty of room for cargo, making them more comfortable to ride in than a compact SUV. Two of the best midsize SUVs on the market are the Ford Edge and the Honda Pilot. Both SUVs have lots of room and come front-wheel drive standard with all-wheel drive available and start at an affordable price. However, as we make the comparison, 2020 Ford Edge vs 2020 Honda Passport, we will see that there are some key differences between the two vehicles that you should be aware of when deciding which midsize SUV to purchase.

  • Performance

    A blue Edge ST is driving on a rural road after winning the 2020 Ford Edge vs 2020 Honda Passport comparison.

    When purchasing an SUV of any kind, one of the most critical points in your decision will likely be the performance. Having a vehicle that is powerful and reliable is a massive factor in SUV driving - for a good reason. Let's take a look at what each the Ford Edge and Honda Passport have to offer in this area. 

    Engines in the Edge

    The Edge SE, SEL, and Titanium come equipped with a twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost gas engine. This efficiently uses its four cylinders to produce up to 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Ford Edge ST features a twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that has been rated to produce up to 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.

    Passport Engines

    All models of the 2020 Honda Passport feature the same engine, a 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC 3.5-liter V6 gas engine. The Passport's engine has been rated to produce up to 280 hp and 262 lb-ft feet of torque. While the Edge's first engine does not quite reach the horsepower in the Passport, it still has greater torque. And when you compare the second engine in the Edge to the Passport's engine, the better vehicle becomes evident. In terms of engines, the Edge has much more power to offer. 

  • Interior Capacity

    The interior and infotainment screen in a 2020 Ford Edge is shown.

    One of the most significant reasons people decide to buy an SUV over other vehicles is the extra space. A five-passenger vehicle should have enough room for five people to ride comfortably without anyone squishing into the middle seat. Additionally, whether traveling with two people of the full five, an SUV should provide enough cargo space for luggage, camping gear, and anything else you need to bring on the ride. Both the 2020 Ford Edge and the 2020 Honda Passport provide lots of room for the passengers and cargo, but the Edge gives a little extra.

    Lots of Room in the Edge

    The Ford Edge has seats for five passengers and room for each one of them to sit comfortably. Front row passengers in the Edge will have up to 40.2 inches of headroom, 42.6 inches of legroom, 55.9 inches of hip room, and 60.3 inches of shoulder room. The second-row passengers, who are too often cramped and squished, will enjoy 40.3 inches of headroom, 40.6 inches of legroom, 57.5 inches of hip room, and 60.5 inches of shoulder room. The Edge may actually be one of the few vehicles on the market where the rear seat is just as roomy if not roomier than the front seat.  

    The Spacious Passport

    The Passport is also roomy, but not quite as spacious as the Edge. The front row offers 39.5 inches of headroom on all models except the Sport which has 40.1 inches, 40.9 inches of legroom, 59.1 inches of hip room, and 62 inches of shoulder room, while the rear seat has 40 inches of headroom, 39.6 inches of legroom, 57.3 inches of hip room, and 61.9 inches of shoulder room. On the plus side, that is plenty of width in the seating for added comfort. However, the lack of legroom, particularly in the rear seats, can make the Passport feel cramped for passengers. It appears that this was a trade-off that the designers at Honda made to provide more cargo space in their vehicle.

    Cargo Space

    The 2020 Honda Passport provides slightly more space for cargo than the 2020 Ford Edge. With the rear seat up, the Passport has 41.2 cubic feet of cargo space as compared to 39.2 cubic feet on the Edge. Furthermore, with the back seat down, the Passport provides 77.9 cubic feet of cargo space while the Edge delivers 73.4 cubic feet. Therefore, if you are planning to use your vehicle mainly to transport cargo, then the Passport will give you greater space as compared to the Edge. However, it is important to recognize that the Passport's design reduces overall passenger space and comfort.

  • Fuel Economy

    A red 2020 Ford Edge is driving past a restaurant in Cincinnati, OH.

    Fuel economy is going to be important no matter what vehicle you are shopping for. No one wants to spend all of their time and money at a gas pump. Luckily, both the 2020 Ford Edge and the 2020 Honda Passport have excellent gas mileage for midsize SUVs. However, the Edge has a distinct upper hand in this department.  

    An Edge on Fuel Economy

    The Ford Edge SE, SEL, and Titanium have been estimated to provide up to 21 MPG in city driving, 29 MPG in highway driving, and 24 MPG combined with front-wheel drive. When configured with all-wheel drive, the numbers change only slightly to 21 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on the highway and 23 MPG combined. The Ford Edge ST also gets excellent fuel economy, with an estimated 19 MPG in the city, 26 MPG on the highway, and 21 MPG combined.  

    Passport to Fuel Efficiency 

    While the Passport also gets good mileage, it appears to suffer a bit from having a larger engine. When equipped as a front-wheel drive vehicle, drivers of the Passport can expect 20 MPG in city driving, 25 MPG in highway driving and 22 miles per gallon combined. The all-wheel drive Passport loses a little bit of this fuel economy at 19 MPG city, 24 MPG highway, and 21 MPG combined. These are very good figures, but just not as good as those for the Ford Edge.

  • Entertainment Technology

    A woman is using the touchscreen inside a 2020 Ford Edge.

    These days, technology is more and more prevalent in cars. The evolution of technology has grown the entertainment and connectivity drivers can have on the go, and these factors now impact vehicle purchase decisions. Both the 2020 Ford Edge and the 2020 Honda Passport feature their automaker's infotainment system, let's look at how they compare. 

    Infotainment in the Edge

    All models of the Edge come equipped with the Ford Sync3 system with Ford Pass Connect and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Sync3 uses an 8-inch color touchscreen to integrate the various entertainment and information systems on the Edge, including Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi- hotspot. Each trim of the Edge adds a little more to the system. The Edge SEL comes with a premium 9-speaker audio system, and the Titanium and ST feature a Bang & Olufsen audio system. Nevertheless, if you buy the Edge SE, you will receive the key features of the Ford Sync3 system.

    Passport Infotainment

    The Honda Passport also comes with the Honda infotainment system. However, on the base model Passport Sport, the system is only on a 5-inch color touchscreen and does not include many features. If you want an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio, you will have to go for the more expensive Passport EX-L. If you want 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability, this is only available on the Passport Touring and Elite. Clearly, you get more for your money with the Ford Edge when it comes to infotainment.

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