2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Honda Passport Comparison in Columbus, OH

The Subaru Outback has become the iconic crossover vehicle. It is the vehicle most people imagine when they picture someone leaving work and driving straight into the wilderness for outdoor adventuring. However, a challenger to this iconic role has announced itself in the 2021 Honda Passport. In order to reaffirm the Outback's place on its throne, we took the 2021 Outback and the 2021 Passport and put them side-by-side to see how they stack-up to each other.

Open Trunk of a Subaru Outback filled with Camping Gear

Style and Design: 2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Honda Passport

The Subaru Outback has a sleek and modern design. With 8.7-inches of ground clearance and standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a black machine finish, the Outback combines civilized aesthetics with primal abilities. With unique standard roof rails that feature integrated retractable cross rails and a maximum cargo volume of 75.7 cubic feet (with the back seats folded), the Subaru Outback has everything you need for an outdoors adventure. The Honda Passport, in contrast, has only 7.5-inches of ground clearance, and only features roof rails without cross rails at upgraded trim levels. They may say that the Honda Passport is made for outdoor adventuring, but the truth is you have to pay extra for what comes standard on the Outback.

Subaru STARLINK Touchscreen

Tech and Features: 2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Honda Passport

The technology found inside the 2021 Subaru Outback is world-class and state-of-the-art. For instance, the 7-inch STARLINK® Multimedia Dual Touchscreens offer all the same hands-free media capabilities that the 2021 Honda Passport's multimedia system plus more. But upgrade the new Subaru Outback with the available 11.6-Inch Screen with Navigation and the STARLINK® Safety and Security Services, and the advantage is clear. The Subaru Outback also features an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi compatibility, while the Honda Passport only offers available Wi-Fi Hotspot capabilities. With upgrades, the 2021 Subaru Outback can also feature a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and while the 2021 Passport comes standard with a 10-speaker system, we think you'll agree that it falls short of the quality sound generated by Harman Kardon.

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Subaru Outback Off-Road

Performance: 2021 Subaru Outback vs  2021 Honda Passport

If there were one area where the 2021 Honda Passport did edge out the 2021 Subaru Outback, it would be in comparing what's under the hood of each vehicle. The Passport houses an impressive 3.5L V-6 Engine with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Outback's base 2.5L Direct Injection BOXER® engine makes 182 horsepower with 176 lb-ft of torque; however, all that power doesn't do you much good on an adventure if you have to refuel all the time. The 2021 Honda Passport, for all its ponies, only has a highway/city  mpg rating of 25/20, while the 2021 Subaru Outback has an impressive mpg rating of 33/26. What's also important, is that every Subaru Outback comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and X-MODE® traction optimization, which allows you better control on treacherous surfaces and has a Hill Descent Mode for real off-road adventuring. All-Wheel drive is available in the Honda Passport, but only with upgrades.

The Instrument cluster of the 2021 Subaru Outback

Safety: 2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Honda Passport

The importance of safety is never overstated to Subaru, neither should it be for you. When you're shopping for a new vehicle for your family, choosing the safest option available is likely at the top of your mind. Luckily, both the Outback and the Passport are great options in this regard- both even got a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA. Both come standard with advanced airbag systems, brake assist, and various driver assist technologies. However, the 2021 Subaru Outback offers more available features than the 2021 Honda Passport, like Driver Distraction Mitigation, and the previously mentioned STARLINK® Safety and Security which gives you access to features such as emergency roadside assistance and vehicle diagnostic reports.

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The King Reigns Supreme

The 2021 Honda Passport is a worthy challenger to the iconic status held by the Subaru Outback, but ultimately it- like all the rest- just doesn't quite make the cut. This is especially evident once, after all the standard and available features are evaluated, you take a look at their respective prices. The 2021 Subaru Outback is more affordable by almost $6,000 than its competitor from Honda with a starting MSRP of $26,795 compared to the Passport's $32,790. The evidence is clear, the true crossover vehicle that can meet your need in-and-out of the civilized world is the 2021 Subaru Outback. Give us a call or stop in to test drive your new Subaru today!

2021 Subaru Outback2021 Honda Passport
$26,795Starting MSRP*$32,790
33 Highway / 26 CityStandard Fuel Efficiency (MPG)25 Highway / 20 City
182Standard Horsepower280
176Standard Torque (lb.-ft.)262
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable
260-HP Turbo EngineEngine UpgradeNone
3,500Maximum Towing Capacity (lbs)5,000
8.7Ground Clearance (in.)7.5
Dual 7" TouchscreensStandard Multimedia Screen8" Touchscreen
Standard FeatureRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.

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