2020 Nissan Murano vs. 2019 Honda Passport

2020 Murano Advantages over the 2019 Honda Passport; Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seats, Intelligent Around View® Monitor, 10 standard airbags, Standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Available Rear Automatic Braking and more…


  • Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seats – The design of Murano’s Zero Gravity seats can help reduce fatigue when driving long distances. Passport only offers seats with a conventional design.
  • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)1 – Murano’s available Intelligent Around View Monitor provides 360-degree views around the vehicle, as well as visual and audible warnings if a moving object is detected within the displayed monitor image. Passport offers only a multi-angle rear camera, and it does not detect moving objects.
  • 10 standard air bags2 – Murano offers 10 airbags as standard equipment. Passport does not offer the following airbags:
    • Driver and front-passenger supplemental knee airbags
    • Rear passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags
  • Standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning3 (I-FCW) (vs. standard, but not intelligent) – Every Murano has Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (I-FCW), which helps alert the driver to a potential frontal collision by monitoring the vehicle traveling in front of the vehicle immediately ahead. If the system detects a potential collision, it alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings. Passport offers collision warning but it only monitors the vehicle directly ahead.
  • Available Rear Automatic Braking4 (RAB) – Rear Automatic Braking (RAB) helps detect large stationary objects when backing up, and if necessary, applies the brakes to help avoid a collision. Passport does not offer this safety feature.

Additional Advantages

  • More sophisticated engine (DOHC vs. SOHC)
  • Xtronic CVT® (vs. 9-speed A/T)
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes (vs. front only)
  • Available climate-controlled (heated and cooled) front seats (vs. heated and ventilated)
  • Available Quick Comfort® Seat Heaters for front and outboard rear seats (vs. conventional heated seats)
  • Type-A and Type-C USB ports5 (vs. Type-A only)
  • Rear Door Alert6
  • Available 2-driver memory for steering column
  • Available Intelligent Cruise Control7 (ICC) with full-speed range (vs. standard, but not full-speed range)
  • Available Remote Engine Start8 with Intelligent Climate Control (vs. standard, but no Intelligent Climate Control)
  • Standard Apple CarPlay®9 and Android Auto™9 (vs. available)
  • Available Traffic Sign Recognition10 (TSR)
  • Standard 8-inch color center display with touch-screen control (vs. available)
  • Standard satellite radio9 (vs. available)
  • Better EPA mileage estimates11 (FWD highway/combined; AWD)


Passport is Honda’s 5-passenger crossover SUV, positioned between the compact CR-V and three-row Pilot. It comes in four trim levels: Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. There is one engine available and the powertrain is:

  • Direct-injected i-VTEC® 3.5-liter SOHC V6
    • 280 horsepower
    • Front-wheel or Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ All-Wheel Drive
    • 9-speed automatic transmission

Passport shares much of its chassis engineering with Pilot and Ridgeline.

Passport is Honda’s more off-road-oriented SUV, available with many advanced safety and driver-assist features. Murano offers more aggressive and futuristic exterior styling, as well as a more sophisticated interior that includes premium comfort, convenience, and safety features that Passport can’t match.


Passport is all-new for 2019 with the following notable features:

  • 280 horsepower SOHC 3.5-liter V6 engine with idle stop
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD or i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring AWD
  • Intelligent Traction Management System
  • Available foot-activated power liftgate
  • Standard remote engine start
  • Available digital gauge cluster
  • Tri-zone Automatic Temperature Control
  • Available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • Available in-vehicle Wi-Fi and wireless phone charging
  • Standard Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features
  • Towing capacity up to 5000 lb.


Murano Passport
S Sport
SL Touring
Platinum Elite
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1 Intelligent Around View Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
2 Air bags are only a supplemental restraint system. Always wear your seat belt. Rear-facing child restraints should not be placed in the front-passenger’s seat. All children 12 and under should ride in the rear seat properly secured in child restraints, booster seats, or seat belts according to their size. Air bags will only inflate in certain accidents. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
3 Intelligent Forward Collision Warning cannot prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
4 Rear Automatic Braking cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
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10 Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) may not detect and read all traffic signs in all conditions. Driver should monitor all traffic signs and obey all traffic laws.
11 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate 20 city MPG/28 hwy MPG/23 combined MPG. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.