2024 Honda Passport vs. Toyota 4Runner vs Hyundai Santa Fe vs Nissan Murano

Honda Passport vs. Toyota 4Runner vs Hyundai Santa Fe vs Nissan Murano - Germain Honda of College Hills

When shopping for a midsize SUV, it’s understandable why so many people gravitate toward the Honda Passport. Honda is a byword for quality, and with features like standard AWD and a powerful V6 engine, the Passport has a lot to love. But how does it compare to the many competing SUVs? Germain Honda of College Hills has put together this comparison guide to help you navigate the big names in competing SUVs, and how they stack up to the Passport.

Honda Passport VS Toyota 4Runner

Honda Passport
Toyota 4Runner
2024 Honda Passport TrailSport AWD VS 2024 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4X4
$45,895 MSRP (excluding destination charge) $44,245
280 ✓ Horsepower 270
19 / 24 / 21 ✓ Fuel Economy (city / highway / combined) 16 / 19 / 17
9 ✓ Transmission Speeds 5
Full-time, standard ✓ AWD / 4X4 Part-time, optional
62 inches ✓ Front Shoulder Room 57.8
39.6 inches ✓ Rear Legroom 32.9 inches
100.8 cubic feet ✓ Max Cargo Space 89.7 cubic feet
20-inch ✓ Standard Wheels 17-inch
Standard ✓ Heated Front Seats Requires Higher Trim
Standard ✓ Active Noise Canceling Not available

The natural first competitor to look at is from longtime Honda rival Toyota. The 4Runner is nearly identical in (exterior) size to the Passport, and also comes with a naturally-aspirated V6. Pricing is pretty similar, and we’re specifically comparing the more offroad-focused Passport TrailSport to the 4Runner with the optional 4X4 drivetrain. The Passport produces a bit more power, and since it’s also several hundred pounds lighter, you’ll feel that difference. Thanks to a much more advanced 9-speed automatic transmission, the Passport also gets much better fuel economy.

While these two vehicles are very similar in size externally, the Passport has much more interior space, as you can see from the max cargo space. But there are a couple of areas where the space in the 4Runner is egregiously small, and we’ve highlighted the differences in front shoulder room and rear leg room. The 4Runner’s 2nd-row leg room is so small that you might have a difficult time getting adults to sit in the back seat at all.

On the subject of seating, if you want heated front seats, you can either go with the Passport or be prepared to spend a lot more money, as they aren’t even optional on the SR5 trim. 20-inch wheels will also cost you more on the Toyota, and if you want the quiet that comes with active noise cancelation, then the Passport is the only option for you.

Honda Passport VS Hyundai Santa Fe

Honda Passport
Hyundai Santa Fe
2024 Honda Passport TrailSport AWD VS 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT AWD
$45,895 MSRP (excluding destination charge) $37,285
3.5-liter V6 ✓ Engine 2.5-liter I4
280 HP / 262 LB-FT TQ ✓ Horsepower / Torque 191 HP / 181 LB-FT TQ
Standard ✓ All-Wheel Drive Optional
5,000 pounds ✓ Towing Capacity 2,000 pounds
100.8 cubic feet ✓ Max Cargo Capacity 72.1 cubic feet
Tri-Zone ✓ Climate Control Dual-Zone
Standard ✓ Active Noise Cancelation Not Available
Standard ✓ Keyfob Remote Start Not Available

Up next against the Passport is the Hyundai Santa Fe, and since it also comes with an offroad-focused trim, those are the ones we’re looking at. At first, the Santa Fe seems to come with a price advantage, but a closer look reveals that it isn’t really the bargain it first appears to be. For starters, the smaller engine isn’t nearly as powerful as the V6 in the Passport. There is a more powerful turbocharged version of the Santa Fe’s engine, but it comes with a huge price bump, and isn’t available in the off-road XRT trim. Thanks to this difference in power, the Passport has more than double the towing capacity of the Santa Fe.

From the outside, these two vehicles are pretty close in size, with the Passport being just a bit bigger. But Honda has always been extremely adept at maximizing interior space, and the huge difference in maximum cargo space shows just what kind of a difference this can make. The interior of the Passport is more comfortable for a couple of additional reasons as well. Tri-zone air climate control rather than dual-zone means finding a comfortable temperature for everyone is easier, and thanks to active noise cancelation, it’s quieter too. Lastly, both of these vehicles have app-connected remote start, but only the Passport has a keyfob remote start as a backup.

Honda Passport VS Nissan Murano

Honda Passport
Nissan Murano
2024 Honda Passport Black Edition AWD VS 2024 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD
$49,365 MSRP (excluding destination charge) $49,165
280 HP / 262 LB-FT TQ ✓ Horsepower / Torque 260 HP / 240 LB-FT TQ
9-speed automatic ✓ Transmission CVT
5,000 pounds ✓ Towing Capacity 1,500 pounds
50.5 cubic feet ✓ Cargo Space (behind 2nd row) 31.1 cubic feet
Front and back ✓ Heated Seats Front only
Tri-Zone ✓ Climate Control Dual-Zone
Standard ✓ Active Noise Cancelation Not Available
Standard ✓ Wireless Phone Charging Not Available

Last up, we’re going to compare the Nissan Murano to the Passport. Since the Murano doesn’t have any offroad aspirations, we’re comparing the top luxury trims of both. The Passport’s price advantage is very slight at first glance, but as we take a closer look, it becomes clear that your money goes a lot further with the Passport. Although both vehicles are equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the newer and more advanced engine in the Passport produces noticeably more power. The Passport also gets a 9-speed automatic transmission, which makes for a more engaging driving experience than you’ll get from the lifeless CVT in the Murano. Another huge advantage of that transmission is the massive difference in towing capacity, with the Passport offering more than triple that of the Murano.

Passenger space in these two is pretty similar, but cargo space is a very different story, with the Passport offering a lot more. And while the space might be similar, passengers in the Passport get things like heated rear seats, and tri-zone climate control, for a more comfortable trip. For additional comfort and convenience, the Passport comes standard with Active Noise Canceling and wireless phone charging, both features that aren’t available on the Murano.

Honda Passport Interior

Winner – Honda Passport

Thanks to advanced technology and outstanding value for money, the Honda Passport dominates this segment. Toyota, Hyundai, and Nissan simply can’t match the versatility, comfort, and capability of the Passport. But this is the kind of thing that should be experienced in person. Come by Germain Honda of College Hills to see just how exciting the Passport really is.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,395 destination charge, and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $455 charge for premium colors.

**19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating. Based on 2024 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.