In comparing the Ford Explorer's and the Honda Passport's specifications and ratings, the Ford Explorer has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The Honda Passport has the advantage in the area of resale value. Based on this comparison of the Ford Explorer's and the Honda Passport's specifications and ratings, the Ford Explorer is a better car than the Honda Passport.
Ford Explorer vs. Honda Passport Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Ford Explorer loses 46.2 percent of its value and the Honda Passport loses 41.2 percent of its value. This means the Honda Passport retains 5 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Ford Explorer.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Ford Explorer’s base engine makes 300 horsepower, and the Honda Passport base engine makes 280 horsepower.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Ford Explorer has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front leg room and rear head room. The Honda Passport has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, rear leg room and cargo space. The Ford Explorer and Honda Passport are comparable in regards to rear shoulder room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Ford Explorer and the Honda Passport have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.