Large Honda SUVs in Ottawa: Passport or Pilot?

2020 Honda Passport


It’s no secret that Honda SUVs are extremely popular these days. Whether it’s the CR-V, HR-V, Pilot or Passport, the lineup of Honda SUVs all have incredible designs and features to offer in 2022.

When it comes to size, passenger space and maximum cargo, there are two SUV options that Honda drivers must consider, the Passport, and the Pilot. At an initial glance, these may seem similar, but there are some key differences that you should know before making a final decision.

In this blog, we’re helping you make this choice, with a clear breakdown of the differences between each model for a few set categories. Here’s what you need to know about making a choice between the Honda Passport and Honda Pilot in 2022, 2023 and years to come.


The way a vehicle feels and performs during a test drive remains one of the most important aspects to consider. In terms of engine specs, the Passport and the Pilot have identical engines with a 280 horsepower 3.5 liter V6. This powerful engine allows both SUVs to be quick off the line. However, it’s been said that the Honda Pilot does have a more responsive braking system despite being the heavier of the two vehicles.

Overall, both the Passport & Pilot are powerful vehicles with a smooth and responsive driving experience. Despite their size, these cars are nimble and will give you a luxury driving experience at an affordable price! If you have a need to tow a boat, trailer or camper with your large Honda SUV, these two are great options to consider.

Cargo & Passenger Space

In terms of interior space and cargo space, the Honda Pilot and Honda Passport are both great picks. Where the key difference between the two really shows is the passenger seating capacities. While the Honda Pilot seats up to 8 passengers, the Honda Passport can only seat 5. While we’re talking about seating capacities, here’s a fun fact: the Pilot is one of the few vehicles in its class that can easily and comfortably accommodate adults in the third row.

That said, the Passport is still a great vehicle overall, and it does offer more space than most vehicles in its class.

If you are in the market for a vehicle that will be perfect for those long road trips with excessive amounts of luggage, both of these will be a great fit. But if you have a big family and require more than 5 seats, the Honda Pilot is the one for you.


Honda has been long known for its safety and reliability, this applies to both the Passport and the Pilot. In fact, when it comes to driver safety, passenger safety, and pedestrian safety, Honda engineers have made it their priority to equip innovative, segment-leading safety technologies in all trim levels.

No matter which vehicle you choose, you’ll be safe and secure. If you’d love to know more about Honda Sensing Technologies and other safety features, we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have in person. Feel free to give us a visit at 955 Richmond Road, Ottawa, ON to talk with one of our representatives.

Fuel Economy

Given the current fuel prices in Canada, fuel economy is a criterion people value more than ever.

Luckily, this is another area where Honda has a long history of being an industry leader. Although the Pilot has a slight advantage, both these vehicles are great choices compared to other makes and models available in the market today.

Honda Pilot Fuel Economy:

Sport, EX-L, Touring, Black Edition: 12.4/9.3/11.0 (L/100 KM, City/Hwy/Combined)

TrailSport: 12.3/9.5/11.1 (L/100 KM, City/Hwy/Combined)

Honda Passport Fuel Economy:

Sport, TrailSport, Touring: 12.5/9.8/11.3 (L/100 KM, City/Hwy/Combined)

Making the Final Choice at Ottawa Honda

Both the Honda Passport and the Honda Pilot are excellent choices for those looking to purchase a large SUV that provides them with all the new bells and whistles available at a competitive price.

Get in touch with us today so we can help make your car purchase process as smooth and enjoyable as possible! We just may have the vehicle you’re looking for.