2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2020 Honda Passport – Costa Mesa, CA

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  • 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    A dark grey 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is angled left.

    Starting at

    $34,000

    2020 Honda Passport

    A burgundy 2020 Honda Passport is angled right.

    Starting at

    $31,990

    293-707Horsepower (HP)280
    260-645Torque (lb-ft)262
    7,200Max Towing Capacity (lbs)5,000

    If you are searching for the ideal midsize crossover that can handle your hectic schedule, then we have a great comparison you may be interested in. The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2020 Honda Passport is the head-to-head showdown you’ve been waiting for to aid you in finding the right crossover for you. Both models are great for small families, traveling artists, bands, videographers, and even singles who love to hit the road with their dogs. But which one is right for you? Let's find out!

    Both SUVs have available seating for five passengers across two rows. The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers 36.3 cu.ft. of space behind the second row. If you need more room than that, you can fold the back row down to access the maximum cargo area of 68.3 cu.ft. On the other hand, the 2020 Honda Passport has 41.2 cu.ft. of storage space behind the back row and a maximum cargo area measured at 77.9 cu.ft. However, while the Passport may be a bit larger in the cargo area, it may be the only thing it has over the Grand Cherokee because, as far as power, capability, and features, the Grand Cherokee comes out on top. But let's look a little further into the details.

  • Performance

    A white 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is racing on a track.

    Power Behind the Grand Cherokee

    The first representation of power under the hood of the Grand Cherokee is the standard, 3.6-liter V6 engine that pumps out 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This is impressive, but there are three more engines to pick from for the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and none of them disappoint. You can opt for a 5.7-liter V8 that generates 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, a 6.4-liter V8 that produces 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, and a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes a staggering 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque.

    Yes, those numbers are correct, as surprising as they are, and there are tons of ways that power can be important. One place the power plays a significant role is in regard to towing. Depending on the chosen trim and whether you opt for RWD or 4WD - an option on every trim except the Trailhawk where 4WD is standard - you can see between 3,500 and 7,200 pounds of towing capability. Again, impressive numbers.

    As for the family value aspect, the fuel economy is quite good for the Grand Cherokee. With RWD, you can expect to see 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway for a combined rating of 21 MPG. If you opt for AWD, this slightly decreases with 18 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway and still, 21 MPG combined. And if you decide on the 5.7-liter engine, the numbers drop a little bit with 14 MPG in the city, 22 MPG on the highway and 17 MPG combined. Overall, though, the Grand Cherokee is very fuel-efficient.

    The Passport's Engine

    On the other hand, the 2020 Honda Passport is only available with one powertrain. There are no choices here, which can be quite disappointing, especially when that one choice is not significantly powerful. This V6 engine produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. FWD is standard, and AWD is optional. The maximum towing capacity is capped at 5,000 pounds, which is not too shabby, but does not come close to the 7,200 pounds from the Grand Cherokee. And you can expect to get about 22 MPG combined (20 city/25 highway) on FWD models, and 21 MPG combined (19 city/24 highway) on AWD models; this is about the same as the Grand Cherokee.

    The Takeaway

    While both vehicles are about equal on the fuel economy front, the 2020 Honda Passport really falls behind in terms of performance. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with four powertrain options, which gives you the freedom to choose which vehicle is best suited to your driving needs. Additionally, you can get a whole lot more from the Jeep Grand Cherokee's engines in terms of horsepower, torque, and towing, making it the superior vehicle.

  • Trims

    A red 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is parked off-road near the woods after winning the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2020 Honda Passport comparison.

    Grand Cherokee Trims

    Jeep is well known for making highly customizable vehicles in a variety of trims. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is no different in that it offers seven different trims for drivers. The Laredo base model comes with dual-zone climate control and an advanced infotainment interface with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity for phone/audio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Rear parking sensors, blindspot monitoring, and rear cross-path detection are also equipped on this base model. You get a lot of bang for your buck here.

    The second trim, the Limited, features remote start technology, a heated steering wheel, and heated seats. It also gets an updated infotainment touchscreen that measures 8.4-inches. But if you want something best suited to the outdoors, you should opt for the Trailhawk trim. This model gets a slew of exterior features added on as well as a terrain-selectable traction control system known as Quadra-Drive II. This system makes navigating rough roads much easier.

    Stepping up to the Overland will get you a redesign instrument cluster, and the Summit features a state-of-the-art Harman Kardon sound system with 19 speakers. A self-parking system has also been installed on the Summit trim. For a sportier ride, you can get the SRT trim. Most of the different features on this athletic ride are on the exterior. Lastly, the Trackhawk model adds larger brakes, a bigger engine, and unique exterior features. With all of these options, you are sure to get what you want out of the Grand Cherokee.

    Levels of the Honda Passport

    Meanwhile, the 2020 Honda Passport is offered in only four trims. The Sport is the base model. It comes with tri-zone climate control, keyless ignition/entry, and an infotainment system displayed on a smaller 5-inch touchscreen that does not have compatibility with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto at the base level. However, it does come with the Honda Sensing safety suite. This includes systems such as collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, blindspot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.

    The second trim is known as the EX-L model. It comes with power-adjustable/heated front seats with driver memory settings. The seats are covered in leather, and the touchscreen has been updated to an 8-inch monitor that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The third trim is the Touring version. Here, the back seats are also heated, and a navigation system has been installed as well as a 10-speaker sound system. Lastly, the top-tier Elite model gets a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a wireless charging pad to help keep the cabin clear of messy cables.

    The Takeaway

    The Jeep offers more standard entertainment features than the Honda. Plus, there are no sport or off-road trims available for the Honda Passport while the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers both to suit your specific driving style. With that said, in terms of trims, the Honda Passport falls short yet again.

  • Exterior

    A white 2020 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is shown from the side parked on the beach.

    Outside the Grand Cherokee

    The exterior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee varies a little bit by trim, but regardless of trim, it always looks great. The Laredo trim rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels and features daytime running lights and a sunroof. The Limited gets a power liftgate to make loading the back easier. It also gets larger 18-inch wheels.

    As for the Trailhawk, this off-roading model gets protective skid plates, off-riding tires, and a set of wheels unique to its off-roading purpose. Both the Overland and Summit models get larger 20-inch wheels, and the spotty SRT offers up summer-performance tires. Lastly, the Trackhawk rolls on black 20-inch wheels and high-performance tires.

    When it comes to the paint color options, there are nine available shades depending on trim. These colors include Bright White, Ivory, Sangria Metallic, Diamond Black Crystal, Granite Crystal Metallic, Slate Blue Pearl, Walnut Brown Metallic, Velvet Red Pearl, and Billet Silver Metallic.

    The Passport's Exterior

    On the flip side, the Honda Passport Sport rides on 20-inch alloy wheels and features LED daytime running lights with foglamps. The EX-L gets a power liftgate, a one-touch power moonroof, and heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators. Stepping up to the Touring will add roof rails, a hands-free liftgate, and LED headlights. Finally, the luxury Elite version gets rain-sensing wipers and auto-dimming/power-folding side mirrors.

    Available in eight paint colors, the Honda Passport comes in Platinum White Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Deep Scarlet Pearl, Black Copper Pearl, Black Forest Pearl, and Obsidian Blue Pearl.

    The Takeaway

    Both of these vehicles have stylish exteriors; however, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has more options for customization. So if you want to make the vehicle your own, the Jeep is the better option.

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