Trucks & SUVs

The 2020 Honda Passport Is a Better Buy Than This BMW

The 2020 Honda Passport and the 2020 BMW X5 are both midsize SUVs. Each offers plenty of power under the hood, along with all of the interior amenities you need to enjoy your time spent behind the wheel. But how do these two SUVs compare? Is the 2020 Honda Passport a better buy? Or would you be better off with the 2020 BMW X5? Let’s find out.

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The 2020 Honda Passport 

The 2020 Honda Passport is available in Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite trim levels. Fitting in between the Honda CR-V and this year’s Pilot, the Honda Passport boasts two-rows of seating and plenty of interior space to match.

Driven by a 280-hp V6 engine teamed with a 9-speed automatic transmission, Kelley Blue Book says the 2020 Honda Passport “offers a pleasing and smooth ride with steady power delivery.” And when it comes to safety features? This year’s model comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assists and safety features.

The 2020 Honda Passport has plenty of interior options to offer too. Standard on all models is smart entry with push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate controls, a 5-inch LCD display, and a 7-speaker audio system. Climb the ranks and enjoy additional features like an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a power moonroof, and a power rear liftgate.

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The 2020 BMW X5

Landing the top spot on Kelley Blue Book’s ‘Best Midsize Luxury SUVs of 2020’ is the BMW X5. Regarded as the “giant of the luxury midsize-crossover-SUV class,” the 2020 BMW X5 offers plenty of power under the hood along with a long list of interior features and an available third-row of seating.

At the heart of this year’s X5, you’ll find a turbocharged inline-6 engine capable of churning out a whopping 335-hp. Paired with an 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission featuring Sport and Manual shift modes and both steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Launch Control, the 2020 BMW X5 knows just how to please.

But the 2020 BMW X5 is more than a fast-paced SUV. It’s also stocked with features and comes standard with heated 16-way front seats, a panoramic moonroof, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility, and a power tailgate. 

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There’s a clear winner when comparing these SUVs

Cost-wise, the 2020 BMW X5 is the more expensive of these two SUVs. With a base price of $59,400, the X5 is not for bargain hunters. As for the 2020 Honda Passport? This year’s base model rings in at $31,990.

The BMW X5 does outmatch the Honda Passport when it comes to what’s under the hood. Unlike the 2020 Honda Passport, which comes equipped with a 280-hp engine, this year’s X5 comes powered by a 335-hp turbocharged engine. Unlike the Passport, the X5 also offers multiple engine options.

If interior space is a top priority for you, look no further than the 2020 Honda Passport. Unlike the X5, this year’s Passport offers a substantial amount of front and rear legroom. It also provides far more cargo space than the 2020 BMW X5. 

Choosing the best SUV for your daily driving needs

There are obvious differences between these two SUVs. One is clearly more expensive than the other. One is also more powerful than the other. But, does that make it a better option? Not at all.

In the end, the 2020 Honda Passport is a better choice than this year’s new X5. It might not be as powerful as the X5, but it doesn’t lack when it comes to features, and it has a far lower base price than the X5. Meaning, you can treat yourself to a top of the line Honda Passport and still spend less than you would on the BMW X5.