2021 Honda Passport vs 2021 Honda Pilot: Exploring Which Large SUV is Right for You

Farmington drivers want a lot out of their SUVs and finding the one that meshes the right amount of performance, comfort and capability can be a challenge. With the Honda lineup, there are many options in the SUV segment to choose from including the three-row 2021 Honda Pilot and the redesigned 2021 Honda Passport. This models offer the whole package and ensures that drivers around Bristol, CT get exactly what they want out of their new vehicle purchase. But which model is the right one for your needs? Come learn about both Honda SUVs here at Sullivan Honda and we'll take you through our available inventory!

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Power and Performance

The 2021 Honda Passport comes equipped with one engine option- a 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The lineup is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission with Shift-by-Wire and Paddle Shifters allow you to change quickly through gears in a seamless manner. Intelligent Traction Management with Snow Mode allows you to handle inclement Connecticut weather with ease, which comes standard on the Elite trim. The Passport can tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The 2021 Honda Pilot features the same engine package as the Passport for Waterbury, CT drivers with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The Pilot does offer two available transmission packages- a six-speed automatic and a nine-speed automatic transmission with Shift-by-Wire and Paddle Shifters. The Pilot offers the same all-wheel drive system as the Passport.

The takeaways: The two SUVs are similar in all aspects with the only difference being the standard inclusion of Intelligent Traction Management for all Passport models which the Pilot does not offer.

Interior Design

The 2021 Passport offers seating for five passengers with an interior that provides 115.9 cubic feet of space for everyone to stretch their legs. Leather-trimmed seats with heated availability come with the Ex-L trim while rear seats get their heating element on the Touring trim and ventilation becomes available with the Elite model. The 60/40 split rear seatback can fold down to achieve a maximum of 100.7 cubic feet of storage space.

The 2020 Honda Pilot is the largest SUV in the lineup and it offers seating for a maximum of eight passengers. It provides the roomiest interior from the Honda SUV segment with up to 153.1 cubic feet of space for everyone to embrace. One-touch second-row seats and heated front seats are available with the EX trim while perforated, heated and ventilated front seats come standard on the Elite trim and up. The Pilot can achieve a maximum of 109.2 cubic feet of storage when the back two rows of seats are folded down.

Takeaways: Both models share the same amenities but the 2021 Honda Pilot does offer more passenger and cargo space for drivers around the Torrington area.


The 2021 Honda Passport Sport base model comes equipped with five-inch color LCD screen and a 215-watt audio system with seven speakers. The EX-L trim offers an eight-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. The Touring trim comes standard with Wi-Fi® hotspot capability and a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic. The Elite trim includes all previous amenities as well as a wireless phone charger.

The base LX Pilot comes equipped with a five-inch LCD screen and a 215-watt audio system with seven speakers including a subwoofer. Upgrading to the EX trim gives you an eight-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration. The Touring trim gives you a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic and a rear entertainment system with a 10.2-inch high-resolution screen and a Blu-Ray player. Picking out the Elite trim gives you access to the Wireless Phone Charger.

Our thoughts: Both SUVs offer a stellar package of technology features for you to explore. Either model will offer plenty of ways to stay entertained around Torrington.


The 2021 Honda Passport comes standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of driver assistance features including Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Road Departure Mitigation System and Lane Departure Warning among other safety options.

The 2021 Honda Pilot is similarly equipped with the Honda Sensing™ package and offers the same options standard throughout the Passport lineup.

Conclusions: Either model will be a perfect option to keep you and your family safe while you navigate through busy traffic and in inclement weather.

Test Drive a New Honda SUV Today

No matter which model you chose, you can test drive either at our Honda dealership in Torrington. You can call to schedule an appointment for a test drive today!