The 2022 Honda Passport and the 2022 Ford Bronco take different approaches to meet the needs of 2-row midsize SUV buyers. Here’s how they compare.
2022 Honda Passport
2022 Honda Passport Starting Price: $30,000 (est.) | Price yours or View listings near you
Above Average: Muscular V6 engine; available all-wheel drive; great Honda resale value.
Below Average: Average fuel economy; higher prices climb quickly.
Consensus: Good-looking 5-passenger SUV that is a great hauler in even the front-drive configuration. When equipped with AWD and the new TrailSport package, it’s a great weekend warrior that can haul the family and tow up to 5,000 pounds.
2022 Ford Bronco
2022 Ford Bronco Starting Price: $30,000 (est.) | Price yours or View listings near you
Above Average: Outstanding off-road chops; classic throwback styling in 2- and 4-door body styles; best-in-class suspension travel and crawl ratio; removable roof panels or foldable soft-top.
Below Average: Pricey higher trims; manual transmission not available with the V6 or Sasquatch package; large blind spots.
Consensus: With its styling inspired by the original Bronco, the newest iteration offers rugged body-on-frame construction along with good off-road and towing capability. Plus it offers the bonus of an open-air driving experience.
Passport vs. Bronco: Capable and Comfortable
Offering “just-right” proportions and sterling drive capabilities, the Honda Passport is the right vehicle for many families. We expect it to remain largely unchanged (with a few new packages) for 2022.
Able to swallow five passengers, it has a well-sorted and award-winning 3.5-liter V6 engine and a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission. There’s no question why it retains its value year after year.
The sophisticated torque-vectoring AWD with 4-mode Intelligent Traction Management ($2,000) is a standout feature that gives the Passport some real talent when it comes to mild off-roading. It’s equally capable under rough conditions, including sand, mud, or snow.
The base Sport trim model includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an 8-inch infotainment system. Essentially a shorter, 2-row version of the Honda Pilot, the Passport has a roomy cabin thanks to its generous width and traditional upright SUV styling. This boxier shape also translates into plenty of cargo room with a 77.9-cubic-foot capacity with the second row stowed.
New for 2022 is the TrailSport which uses a slightly wider track and more aggressive off-road tires to enhance the Passport’s already credible off-road performance. While it’s heavy on the appearance aspect, the new trim level promises more off-road-oriented hardware in subsequent models.
The Bronco SUV focuses on off-road capability. It comes in 2- and 4-door body styles. Its aesthetic is inspired by the original 1960s era Bronco with added technology and engineering that make it an entirely modern SUV. A variety of trims and options mean it can get pricey fast.
Base power comes from a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 275 horsepower (or 300 with premium fuel), and 315 lb-ft of torque, while the optional 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 makes 310 horses and 400 lb-ft of torque. Buyers of the 4-cylinder can opt for a 7-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic. The latter is the only transmission on the V6.
Bronco’s appeal is further enhanced by the ability to remove the roof panels and doors or lower the soft-top for off-road motoring. While the 4-door offers more room and passenger comfort, the 2-door model is much truer to the look and feel of the original.
In our review, we note Bronco is a bit rough on the road, and body roll is a thing. Road noise, however, isn’t terrible and the Bronco is more composed on tarmac than say, its main rival, the Jeep Wrangler. A lot of tech is packed into the Bronco to help you become a better offroader, too. We really liked the more-than-a-thousand trail maps that are available in the nav system, which you can access offline.
Interior space; pricing; available all-wheel drive.
2022 Honda Passport Advantages
Good resale and residual values; an optional tent add-on (really!); comfortable and upscale.
2022 Ford Bronco Advantages
Truly off-road capable; lots of options; available manual transmission.
Which One is Right for Me?
The 2022 Honda Passport is a right-size 2-row SUV with traditional styling. It offers a modicum of off-road capability and Honda’s reputation for quality and good resale.
The 2022 Ford Bronco is much more oriented toward off-roading. It also boasts a head-turning style and an open-air driving experience.
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|2022 Honda Passport||2022 Ford Bronco|
|Engine||3.5-liter V6||2.3-liter inline-4|
|Horsepower||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm||275 hp|
|Torque||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||315 lb-ft|
|Transmission||9-spd automatic||7-speed manual|
|Fuel Economy||22 mpg (20 city/25 hwy)||20 mpg (20 city/22 hwy)|
|Also Available||AWD||2.7-liter V6; 10-spd automatic; AWD|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||n/a||n/a|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||111.0 inches||100.4 inches|
|Overall Length||190.5 inches||173.7 inches|
|Width||78.6 inches||75.9 inches|
|Height||71.6 inches||71.9 inches|
|Turning Diameter||39.5 feet||35.53 feet|
|Headroom, Front||40.1 inches||41.0 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||40.1 inches||39.8 inches|
|Legroom, Front||40.9 inches||43.1 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||39.6 inches||35.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||62.0 inches||57.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||61.9 inches||51.8 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||115.9 cubic feet||99 cubic feet|
|Cargo Volume||41.2 cubic feet||22.4 cubic feet|