Comparison
Comparison

2021 Honda Passport vs. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Honda Passport vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Passport are excellent, rugged, sporty off-road SUVs. What you expect from the Jeep comes packaged in the Grand Cherokee: great performance, great towing capacity, and great tech. But Honda one-ups the Grand Cherokee in all these departments, offering even greater performance, greater towing capability, and greater tech-heavy features—all at a greater value. If you’re searching for a sporty SUV, here’s why the 2021 Honda Passport should be at the top of your shortlist.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Passport are excellent, rugged, sporty off-road SUVs. What you expect from the Jeep comes packaged in the Grand Cherokee: great performance, great towing capacity, and great tech. But Honda one-ups the Grand Cherokee in all these departments, offering even greater performance, greater towing capability, and greater tech-heavy features—all at a greater value. If you’re searching for a sporty SUV, here’s why the 2021 Honda Passport should be at the top of your shortlist.

Safety Is as Safety Does

Standard Driver-Assist Features

In the grand scheme of things, the Grand Cherokee offers less protection than the Honda Passport.

In the baseline Laredo E, Grand Cherokee comes equipped with standard ProTech I, a lackluster package of safety and driver-assist features that includes: Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection, ParkSense® Rear Park Assist, and ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera with Dynamic Guidelines. You’d pay a premium to acquire the upgraded ProTech II package and its forward-collision warning system, Advanced Brake Assist, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, and automatic high-beams—all features of which come in the Passport. The entry-level Jeep doesn’t even have access to distance-pacing cruise control, which is reserved for the privileged few who can shell out nearly $50k for the High Altitude Grand Cherokee.

The 2021 Honda Passport fares far better in this department, offering a great deal more standard driver-assistive tech than the Grand Cherokee. In the base Passport Sport, drivers gain standard Honda Sensing: Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Auto High-Beam Headlights, Brake Assist, and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines. (Whew—what a list!) That’s essentially the whole Honda-safety kit and caboodle, with the exception of Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor, which is standard on the Passport EX-L and up.

2021 Passport Sport 2021 Grand Cherokee Laredo
Collision Mitigation Braking Standard Not Available
Forward Collision Warning Standard Available
Lane Departure Warning Standard Available
Lane Keeping Assist Standard Available
Adaptive Cruise Control Standard Not Available
Road Departure Mitigation Standard Not Available
Auto High-Beams Standard Available
Rearview Camera w/ Guide Standard Standard
Standard Drive-Assist Features

Safety Ratings

As Americans, we make choices based on star ratings—movies at the Redbox, restaurants, apps, even vehicles. If you’re comparing safety ratings between the Honda Passport and Jeep Grand Cherokee, you’ll find that Honda is, hands down, the safer SUV.

The 2021 Passport received a 5-star overall NHTSA safety rating and, like many Honda vehicles, Passport garners excellent crashworthiness scores and rollover-resistance ratings.

With a dangerous 20.40% risk of rollover, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee receives a 4-star rating with the NHTSA. The IIHS was also quick to note Grand Cherokee’s marginal and poor crashworthiness scores last year; as a result, Jeep’s SUV did not make it onto the Top Safety Pick list.

Space: The Real Final Frontier

Passenger Space

Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Passport are adept at taking on frontiers, but it’s the new Honda Passport that makes traveling the American frontier more comfortable for everyone.

The 2021 Passport Sport offers 115.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, a flabbergasting 10.5 cubic feet more than the comparably equipped Grand Cherokee Laredo. Passport riders make out like bandits, especially considering this Honda SUV beats Grand Cherokee’s specs in both rows. In the front and rear, Passport offers more legroom, shoulder room, hiproom and head room—that’s a bonafide quadfecta.

2021 Passport Sport 2021 Grand Cherokee Laredo
Front Legroom (inches) 40.9 40.3
Rear Legroom (inches) 39.6 38.6
Front Headroom (inches) 40.1 39.9
Rear Headroom (inches) 40.1 39.2
Front Shoulder Room (inches) 62.0 58.7
Rear Shoulder Room (inches) 61.9 58.0
Front Hiproom (inches) 59.1 57.0
Rear Hiproom (inches) 57.3 56.2
Passenger Volume (cubic feet) 115.9 105
Cargo Volume

Cargo Volume

Capable as it may appear, the 2021 Grand Cherokee is merely an adequate cargo-hauler. In the very back, you get just 36.3 cubic feet of space, or enough room for 10 large suitcases; with the Grand Cherokee’s seats folded down, you can squeeze in just a smidge under 20 suitcases (68.3 cubic feet). Those numbers are under the class average and far inferior to the 2021 Passport.

With the Passport, you’ve got an extraordinary amount of space for carry-ons and luggage. Pop the liftgate open for an immediate 50.5 cubic feet of space. Need more than that? Quickly snap the rear row into the floor for up to 100.7 cubic feet of max cargo volume. Space for passengers. Space for cargo. That’s the Honda Passport, doing what it does best.

2021 Passport Sport 2021 Grand Cherokee Laredo
Rear Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 50.5* 36.3
Max Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 100.7* 68.3

Performance for the Ages

Standard AWD/4x4 Towing Capability

Jeep may be recognized as the so-called off-road king, but its Grand Cherokee model is only royalty by namesake. The entry-level Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 can tow 3,500 pounds—the FWD class average. That doesn’t increase in its Laredo E 4x4 model, however, which may come as a surprise to shoppers expecting world-class Jeep capability. Basically, no matter the Grand Cherokee Laredo, you’re limited to 3,500 pounds of trailering ability.

Towing with the 2021 Honda Passport AWD is a much simpler task. While the 2WD Passport maxes out at 3,500 pounds, its AWD model blasts the doors off the Jeep Grand Cherokee, offering 5,000 pounds of trailering capacity. In fact, to get a comparable amount of AWD towing capability in the Grand Cherokee, shoppers would have to spend $13,000 more for the Trailhawk® model.

Towing Capability

Standard 2WD/4x2 Payload

What about Passport vs. Grand Cherokee payload? Different specs, similar story.

In all 4x2 Grand Cherokee models, you have access to less payload capacity than the base 2021 Passport. The 4x2 Grand Cherokee Laredo E and X can haul 1,180 pounds of payload. You’ll get 1,120 pounds in the expensive $53k Summit 4x2, 1,150 lbs. in the 4x2 Overland and High Altitude models, and 1,260 pounds in the 4x2 Limited.

Payload capacity in the Passport Sport 2WD, on the other hand, is a superb 1,332 pounds—72 pounds more than the $40,000-plus Grand Cherokee Limited. That’s a savings of $230 per pound, if you’re all about numbers.

Max Payload (lbs.) Model MSRP
2021 Passport Sport 2WD 1,332 $32,590*
2021 Grand Cherokee Laredo E 4x2 1,180 $34,200
2021 Grand Cherokee Laredo X 4x2 1,180 $37,745
2021 Grand Cherokee Limited 4x2 1,260 $40,400
2021 Grand Cherokee Overland 4x2 1,150 $46,940
2021 Grand Cherokee High Altitude 4x2 1,150 $49,885
2021 Grand Cherokee Summit 4x2 1,120 $53,290

Better City MPG

Not interested in pushing the limits 24/7? You’ll still appreciate the fuel efficiency of the 2021 Honda Passport. In the city, all Passport trims return an estimated 20 mpg (2WD) or 19 mpg (AWD) with its 9-speed transmission. That’s one digit better than the base Grand Cherokee Laredo’s 19 mpg (4x2) and 18 mpg (4x4).

Passport further expands the gap when comparing higher trims; the 2021 Passport Elite models bring in 19 city mpg while Grand Cherokee SRT 4x4 and Trackhawk® 4x4 models return 13 city and 11 city mpg, respectively.

EPA-Estimated City MPG
2021 Passport (2WD/AWD) 20/19*
2021 Grand Cherokee Laredo (4x2/4x4) 19/18
2021 Grand Cherokee SRT (4x4) 13
2021 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk® (4x4) 11

Disclaimers:

MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1120 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.

Cargo volume based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.

Maximum towing capacity for AWD trims is 5,000 lbs. Maximum towing capacity for 2WD trims is 3,500 lbs. Towing requires accessory towing equipment. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

20 city/25 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.