By MILES BRANMAN, Edmunds
Upgrading from a compact to a mid-size SUV does not have to include a third row. Small families and empty sheds that want a little more versatility can enjoy a medium-sized crossover’s passenger compartment volume without having to stow or store unused seats. There are several good options to choose from, but the 2022 Honda Passport and the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee are two prominent ones.
Based on the larger three-row Honda Pilot, the two-row Passport gets a more robust look for 2022 and a TrailSport trim with bolder styling signals, standard four-wheel drive and unique 18-inch wheels. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, for its part, has been redesigned for 2022 and builds on its off-road capability and cabin refinement, adding an additional plug-in hybrid driveline. Which SUV should you choose? Edmund’s experts compared them to find out.
Like the Pilot, Honda’s Passport is powered exclusively by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower. Buyers can choose between front- and four-wheel drive configurations with a nine-speed automatic transmission. In Edmund’s tests, this combination took the pass from 0 to 60 mph in a fast 6.8 seconds. Four-wheel drive Passport models earn EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined (19 city / 24 highway), and our 115 km long test route had an average of 22 mpg pinker.
Jeep offers its Grand Cherokee with three powertrains: a standard V6, a potent V8, or a charging hybrid with 26 miles of all-electric range. V6-equipped models produce a healthy 293 horsepower, V8 versions produce 357 horsepower, and 4x plug-in hybrid produces an impressive 375 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive is standard on V6 derivatives, and four-wheel drive is available. Other versions come standard with four-wheel drive.
Our evaluation of the four-wheel drive, V8-powered Grand Cherokee included a 0-60 mph drive in under 6.5 seconds. However, this segment-leading performance comes with a fuel economy penalty. The eight-cylinder model gets only 17 combined mpg. On the upside, the Grand Cherokees V6 delivers up to 22 mpg combined and the plug-in hybrid has the potential to become the most fuel-efficient of the gang.
The passport offers plenty of head and legroom for five adult passengers. The doors open wide to make it easy to get in and out, and the seating comfort is excellent. The front seats are available with heating and ventilation, while the rear seats can be folded down, with heating as an option. The ride quality is superb over small bumps, and the cabin is well insulated from wind and road noise. The passport is decently capable of off-road driving, although its maximum ground clearance of 8.1 inches is not very good. Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped is £ 5,000, which is suitable for towing a small to medium-sized trailer.
Grand Cherokee can not match the internal volume of the pass, even if adults fit comfortably in both rows. All chairs can be equipped with heating and ventilation, and the back row is sloping. The ride is compatible over road errors, even if the wind and tire noise is higher than SUVs with similar prices.
Offroad impresses the Grand Cherokee with available four-wheel drive, low gears and an optional air suspension that offers up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance. There are few places this SUV can not get to, and with up to 7,200 pounds of available towing capacity, there are few toys that the Grand Cherokee can not take with it.
The Honda Passport is more spacious and comfortable, but the Grand Cherokee ties this category with its astonishing capabilities.
Honda has removed the Sport trim for 2022, leaving the most popular EX-L trim as the entry point of the pass. For $ 41,195, the EX-L includes desirable amenities such as leather seats, heated front seats, driver assistance technology and an electric motor roof. In combination with exceptional material and build quality, these features strengthen the value of the pass.
Jeep throws a wide net with Grand Cherokee options and pricing. At $ 40,120, the entry-level model is competitively priced but lacks many standard features available elsewhere. At the same time, fully loaded trims get equipment competitors can not match, but the Grand Cherokee price invades luxury vehicle territory, albeit without justified build quality. The pass does not skimp on the amenities of the creatures and does not raise the price, which gives a profit.
This one is close. The redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee has elite amenities and lives up to Jeep’s reputation for providing capable outdoor adventures. But Honda Passport’s refined ride quality and higher value proposition make it a better choice for most people who buy a mid-size SUV.
This story was submitted to the Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds.
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