The mid-size SUV segment has some tough competition, but two entries stand out from the rest: the Honda Passport and Chevrolet Blazer. And while the latter is a relative newcomer, the former is a tried-and-trusted SUV from a brand that is known to always come out on top. However, the new Chevrolet Blazer brings a lot to the table, so much so that it might actually be a better pick over the Passport. Here are three ways in which the Blazer actually beats the Passport at its own game.
The Blazer has sharper styling and a sportier RS trim
Looks might be subjective, but there’s no denying that the Chevrolet Blazer does have a more aggressive, and sharper look than the Honda Passport. In some ways, it looks as if Chevrolet made an SUV out of a Camaro, and that’s definitely not a bad thing. We especially like the body like the runs along the side of the car and slants upward toward the taillights. It’s accents like that, along with the angular headlights and mean-looking grille that give the Blazer an edge.
Also, buyers can opt for the RS trim level, which ups the Blazer’s styling ante by adding blacked-out trim on the front bumper and side panels, while adding a set of sleek black wheels. The interior is also appointed in Jet Black leather to match. On the other hand, the Honda Passport look rather bland by comparison and its “Sport” trim level doesn’t really look that sporty.
A choice of engines
The Honda Passport has one engine: A 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Blazer, on the other hand, has two different engine choices including a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. While having one engine choice can ease the stress of configuring the perfect vehicle for you, having two engine choices can be more appealing to budget-minded prospective buyers.
Fuel efficiency is the key takeaway, as the available four-cylinder engine on the Blazer is able to achieve 23 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway in its sole front-wheel-drive form. While the V6 powertrain option achieves 20 city and 26 highway as a front-drive SUV and 19 city and 25 mpg on the highway in all-wheel-drive guise. In case you’re wondering, the Honda Passport gets 20 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway with the front wheels powering it and one less for city and highway when all four wheels are driving.
Better infotainment system and technologies
The Honda Passport comes standard with a 5-inch display that doesn’t have Apple Carplay capabilities and looks like it came from the previous-generation Passport. And while it can be upgraded to the 8-inch touchscreen that’s available in the higher trims, we think the infotainment system in the Blazer is better. Unlike the Passport, the Blazer comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen and Apple Carplay and Android Auto capability. On top of that, a Bose premium audio system with eight speakers is available, as well as a top-view camera system. Take that, Honda!
The Chevrolet Blazer offers a lot that the Honda Passport can’t touch
These three features are only a few of the attributes that the Chevy Blazer has over the Passport. There’s actually a new turbo four-cylinder engine coming out soon and there are plenty of ways to option it out as well. While the Honda Passport is still a great buy, we think that the Chevrolet Blazer could actually have it beat in at least a few different areas.