2023 Honda CR-V vs. Honda Pilot vs Honda Passport

CR-V vs Pilot vs Passport - Germain Honda of Dublin

Shopping for a Honda SUV means that you will always get a well-built, efficient, and capable vehicle. But there are still some differences between models, and it’s best to know the different strengths to help determine which is best for you. To help with that, Germain Honda of Dublin has put together a guide to the most popular SUV models, with all of the information you need to make a decision.

Honda CR-V VS Honda Pilot VS Honda Passport

Honda CR-V Honda Pilot Honda Passport

2023 CR-V

2022 Pilot

2022 Passport

Starting MSRP* $32,355 $39,325 $39,615
Seats 5 8 5
Horsepower 190 280 280
Length 184.8 inches 196.5 inches 189.1
Width 73.5 inches 78.6 inches 78.6 inches
Cargo Volume (rear seat up/down) 39.3 cu ft / 76.5 cu ft 55.9 cu ft* / 109.2 cu ft 50.5 cu ft* / 100.8 cu ft
Passenger Volume 103.5 cu ft 152.9 cu ft 114.9 cu ft
Towing Capacity (2WD/AWD) 1500 lbs 3500 lbs / 5000lbs 3500 lbs / 5000lbs
Ground Clearance (2WD/AWD) 7.8 in / 8.2 in 7.3 in (7.9 for TrailSport) 7.5 in / 8.1 in
Fuel Economy 2WD (City/Highway/Combined)** 28 / 34 / 30 20 / 27 / 23 20 / 25 / 22
Fuel Economy AWD (City/Highway/Combined)** 27 / 32 / 29 19 / 26 / 22 19 / 24 / 21
TrailSport Trim Available No Yes Yes

Honda Passport

All of these SUVs have a lot of important features in common, things like available AWD, the Honda Sensing suite of safety technology as standard, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The big difference between them is size, with the Pilot and Passport being midsize and the CR-V being a compact. There is still a difference between the Pilot and Passport, and the best way to illustrate this is the length. The Pilot is the biggest, at 196.5 inches, the Passport is 189.1 inches, and the CR-V comes in at 184.8 inches. The extra length in the Pilot is to accommodate a third row of seats, bumping the seating capacity up to 8, compared to 5 on the other two. But that third row of seats takes up a lot of what would be cargo space, and the Passport will give you the most cargo space without having to remove or fold down seats. The CR-V offers a lot of interior space for a compact, but being the smallest, it is still the easiest to parallel park or drive in the city. It also has the smallest engine, a 190-horsepower four-cylinder, which delivers 30 MPG combined fuel economy, the best of the group.

All of these SUVs are good in snow and rain, thanks to available AWD and good ground clearance. But if you want something for off-road use, it is only the Pilot and Passport which come in TrailSport trim for some extra capability. The CR-V can handle some basic towing, but the bigger SUVs with their 280-horsepower V6 engines can tow a lot more, up to 5,000lbs. Lastly, due to supply issues, there will be a longer wait for a new CR-V than you’ll have with a Pilot or Passport. If you have any questions or would like to see these vehicles in person, Germain Honda of College Hills is here with a friendly and knowledgeable team to help you.


*MSRP including tax, license, registration, $1,245 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for premium colors.

**Based on 2023 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.