2021 Honda Passport vs. 2021 Toyota Venza
When you’re looking for an SUV that’s larger than your average midsize tweener, yet more versatile than your average compact crossover, you’ll find few options better than the new Honda Passport and Toyota Venza. They’re both equally impressive in the style department, equally safe and secure, and equally priced. However, when it comes down to cubic feet and overall ingenuity, the 2021 Honda Passport’s got Venza’s number.
Loads of Cargo Room
Spaciousness is not Toyota Venza’s calling card. Behind the second row, you get 28.8 cubic feet of space—just enough room for a golf bag and a duffel or three. Flip the 60/40-split seats flat and you’re presented with a timid 55.1 cubic feet of open storage space. Those meek numbers are slice-n-diced down further, to 28.7 cu. ft. and 54.9 cu. ft., if you opt for a Venza with an available Star Gaze™ panoramic roof.
Honda Passport is quite the opposite. As a self-proclaimed card-carrying legend, this cargo-carrying SUV offers up to 50.5 cubic feet of room in the very back and a maximum of 100.8 cubes to the front row—even with a moonroof. Best of all, every Passport comes standard with Honda’s exclusive underfloor storage system, further increasing stowaway capability by 2.5 cubic feet. The Venza offers no such option.
|2021 Passport Touring||2021 Venza Limited|
|Rear Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)||50.5*||28.7 (w/ Star Gaze™)|
|Max Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)||100.8*||54.9 (w/ Star Gaze™)|
|Underfloor Storage System||Standard||Not Available|
Loads of Wiggle Room, Too
Wide, well-cushioned front seats. A convenient, adjustable driver-side armrest. Roomy second-row seating for three full-grown adults. That’s the new Passport to a “T.” To put it simply, the 2021 Honda Passport makes brilliant use of its cabin, offering more comfort and overall space than the rival Venza.
Passengers are rewarded with 115.9 cubic feet of space to spread out and stretch in the Passport Sport—over 17 cubic feet more than the Toyota Venza LE. Due to Venza’s wee proportions, its rear passengers feel the crunch most of all; back-row legroom, hiproom and shoulder room in the Venza lag the Passport by 1.8 inches, 12.1 inches and 5 inches, respectively. What’s more, unlike Passport’s standard tri-zone climate control system and optional leather seats, Venza forces riders to settle for a third-rate dual-zone setup and faux leather upholstery.
|2021 Passport Sport||2021 Venza LE|
|Passenger Volume||115.9 cu. ft.||98.3 cu. ft.|
|Headroom (front/rear)||40.1 in/40.1 in||38.6 in/39.0 in|
|Legroom (front/rear)||40.9 in/39.6 in||40.9 in/37.8 in|
|Shoulder Room (front/rear)||62.0 in/61.9 in||57.4 in/ 56.9 in|
|Hiproom (front/rear)||59.1 in/57.3 in||54.4 in/45.2 in|
Always Rising to the Occasion
With exceptional ground clearance, Intelligent Traction Management and a strapping 3.5L V6, the talented 2021 Passport is as proficient off-road as it is on-road.
Let’s start with ground clearance: AWD Passport’s 8.1 inches bests Venza’s 7.68 inches handily. When you’re battling loose gravel, dirt trails and rocky terrain, who knows what protruding surprises await. In those situations, every millimeter counts.
Honda’s patented Intelligent Traction Management system offers more versatility than Venza’s drive modes. With the Toyota, you can only switch between Sport, ECO, Normal and EV modes; with the Honda, you can actually toggle between modes based on road conditions. When it’s muddy, pop it into Mud mode. When it’s icy and snowy, switch to Snow mode. When there’s sand, Sand mode. (You get the idea.)
This versatility is largely thanks to Passport’s dynamic 3.5-liter V6 engine, which makes 262 lb-ft of torque and 280 horsepower—or 61 hp more than the 2.5L 4-cylinder inside the Venza. Because of the Toyota Venza’s skimpy engine, it’s not even rated for towing. The 2021 Honda Passport, on the other hand, is. With all-wheel-drive, the new Passport can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is about the weight of your average 24-foot travel trailer.
|2021 Passport Sport AWD||2021 Venza LE|
|Ground Clearance (inches)||8.1||7.68|
|Intelligent Traction Management||Standard||Not Available|
|Towing Capability (pounds)||5,000*||Not Rated|
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.
280 hp @ 6000 rpm (SAE net). Venza 219 combined net hp includes internal combustion engine with 176 hp and electric motor powertrain system.
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.