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2021 Honda Passport vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5

Crossover SUVs are some of the most flexible and capable vehicle platforms available to potential buyers. The Honda Passport re-entered the automaker’s lineup for the 2019 model year and reintroduced Meridian Honda customers to an out-of-the-box off-road platform. A comparison between the 2021 Honda Passport vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5 will provide people with a clear illustration of how vastly different two-row crossover SUVs can be. Honda offers the 2021 Passport in four primary trim grades, Sport, EX-L, Touring and Elite. All of them are able to offer more standard and available horsepower than its Mazda competitor, as well as more interior cargo volume and more towing capacity. Customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2021 Passport today by calling, 601-693-4651.

Every 2021 Honda Passport available at the Meridian Honda showroom will use the same 3.5-liter, V-6 engine attached to a nine-speed automatic transmission. All trim grades will make 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. On the other side of the equation is the 2021 Mazda CX-5 with its naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It will make 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Even when an owner of a Mazda CX-5 uses high-octane premium fuel, the increased output of the engine won’t match the output of the 2021 Passport. Base models of the 2021 Passport with front-wheel-drive can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Mazda CX-5 will only be able to tow up to 2,000 pounds – regardless of configuration.


2021 Passport Sport, 2WD Vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5
3.5-L, V-6 Base Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
280/262 Horsepower/Torque 187/186
3,500 lbs. Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs.
77.9 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 59.6 cu.-ft.


Passenger Space and Cargo Volume

Both the 2021 Honda Passport and 2021 Mazda CX-5 will offer two rows of seats that can hold up to five people apiece. The Sport version of the 2021 Passport offers up to 77.9 cubic-feet of interior cargo volume when the rear row of seats is folded down. EX-L and Touring versions offer up to 77.7 cubic-feet and the top-of-the-line Elite model makes up to 77.5 cubic-feet available. When there are people sitting in the back of the current Honda Passport, up to 41.2 cubic-feet can be used across the lineup. Owners of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 will have 30.9 cubic-feet to use behind the rear row, with a maximum of 59.6 cubic-feet available.

A photo of the dashboard in the 2021 Honda Passport.
A photo of the rear seats in the 2021 Honda Passport.

A photo of the cargo space in the 2021 Honda Passport.
A photo of the under-floor storage compartment in the 2021 Honda Passport.