Consumer Reports Ranks the Ford Edge Ahead of the Honda Passport

Things are getting spicy in the SUV world. Consumer Reports just said that the 2021 Ford Edge is better than the 2021 Honda Passport. If this information is surprising, then you may have been sleeping on the Ford Edge. But what’s wrong with the Honda Passport? 

The 2021 Ford Edge vs. the 2021 Honda Passport 

The 2021 Ford Edge parked in a lot
2021 Ford Edge | Ford

According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Honda Passport is a popular midsize two-row SUV to avoid, and the 2021 Ford Edge is a popular alternative. The Passport has a 64 point rating from Consumer Reports, while the Edge has a score of 83. 

Consumer Reports uses a 372-acre auto test center to independently test vehicles according to consumer interests. Over 130 testing and research experts analyze vehicles based on reliability, price, safety, space, handling, fuel economy, product owner surveys, and owner satisfaction reports. So, generally, people agree with their rankings as personal experiences are taken into consideration. 

They recommend avoiding the Honda Passport because it has a stiff ride without the best agility or handling. Plus, the infotainment system is laggy, the base model doesn’t include blind-spot warning, and it has a below-average predicted reliability rating. 

The Ford Edge has a quiet interior, agile handling, spacious interior, and smooth braking. The controls are easy to use, and you get standard forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. It also has a good predicted reliability rating. 

How do the Ford and Edge compare? 

You can get started in a 2021 Ford Edge for about $32,750. The 2021 Honda Pilot is about the same, with a beginning price of around $32,550. These are the MSRPs and don’t include destination fees or dealership markups. 

With the Edge, you get a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. You can upgrade to the 2.7-liter V6 engine for 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds

The Pilot comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.0 seconds. Both SUVs can be equipped with AWD. The Edge can tow up to 3,500 lbs while the Pilot can tow up to 5,000 lbs. 

The Edge may have a quieter interior, but the Pilot offers a smoother ride over bumps. Both SUVs have smooth brakes and comfortable, well-padded seats with efficient climate control systems. 

Does the Pilot or Edge have better features? 

The 2022 Honda Pilot off-roading
2022 Honda Pilot | Honda

The 2021 Ford Edge offers 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats with up to 73.4 cubic feet total. The 2021 Honda Pilot provides 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear with 83.8 cubes. 

You get a 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the Edge, and the Pilot offers an 8.0-inch unit. The Edge includes Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the Pilot requires a wired connection. 

With the Pilot, you get forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control. The Edge includes standard blind-spot warning. 

While the Edge has a higher reliability rating and better tech, the Pilot has its own strengths to consider, such as a quiet ride, higher towing capacity, and more cargo space. We think both options deserve a chance.

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