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Acura RDX Vs. Honda Passport: In-Depth Overview & Comparison

Acura RDX Vs. Honda Passport

Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport: Which SUV takes this shared platform to higher heights? If you consider more performance, higher-rated efficiency, many more features, and city-ready agility that doesn't compromise interior space to be an attractive proposition for a two-row SUV, then the Acura RDX is the model for you. With surprises like available luxuries that can't be found anywhere else, the latest RDX gets even more exciting.

See how this new Acura SUV impresses on every level and how its Honda-made brother falls behind with our Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport comparison guide below. Once you are ready to discover the model in its entirety, visit Muller Acura of Merrillville for a test drive.

  2024 Acura RDX 2024 Honda Passport
Engine: 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Four-Cylinder 3.5-Liter V-6
Horsepower: 272 280
Torque: 280 lb-ft 262 lb-ft
Transmission: 10-Speed Automatic w/ Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters Nine-Speed Automatic w/ Paddle Shifters
Drivetrain: SH-AWD AWD
EPA-Estimated MPG (City/Highway/Combined): 21/27/231 19/24/212
0-60 MPH: 6.4 seconds3 6.5 Seconds4
Exterior Length: 187.4 in 189.1 in
Exterior Width: 74.8 in 78.6 in
Exterior Height: 65.7 in 72.2 in
Exterior Ground Clearance: 8.2 in 8.1 in
Turning Circle Diameter (Curb-to-Curb): 38.9 ft 39.3 ft
Seating Capacity: Five Five
Front Headroom: 40 in 39.5 in
Front Legroom: 42 in 40.9 in
Panoramic Moonroof: Standard Standard
Standard Front-Seat Adjustability 12-Way Power 10-Way Power Driver's / Four-Way Power Front Passenger's
Standard Sound System: Nine Speakers Seven Speakers
Adaptive Cruise Control: Standard w/ Low-Speed Follow Standard
Collision Mitigation Braking System: Standard Standard
Lane Keeping Assist System: Standard Standard
Standard Technology Features: - 10.2-inch HD Dual-Content Center Display
- 7-inch Multi-Information Display
- Wireless Apple CarPlay® Compatibility
- Wireless Android Auto™ Compatibility
- AcuraLink Connected Services
- Wi-Fi Hotspot Capability
- Active Sound Control
- Wireless Charging Pad
- 8-inch Touch-screen Display
- Apple CarPlay® Compatibility
- Android Auto™ Compatibility
- HondaLink
- Wireless Charging Pad

 

Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport: Performance & Specs


When we look under the hood of a 2024 Acura RDX, we find something very different from the Honda Passport: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Honda Passport has a larger 3.5-liter V-6 engine. You'd think that the bigger engine is more powerful, and while the Passport has an eight-horsepower advantage over the RDX, the Acura model launches off the line much faster thanks to an 18-pound-foot advantage for torque.

You'll find 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque in the 2024 Honda Passport specs, and 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque when you take command of an Acura RDX. The RDX also has a 10-speed automatic transmission, while the Honda model has a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport 0-60 mph times reflect this, as despite having less horsepower, the Acura RDX ran a 6.4-second3 0-60 mph time during MotorTrend testing. Meanwhile, the new Honda Passport did the same 0-60 mph sprint in 6.5 seconds.4

The Acura RDX is more fuel-efficient, too. Thanks to its efficiently engineered four-cylinder engine, the RDX can deliver up to an EPA-estimated 21/27/23 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).1 On the other hand, the Passport delivers up to an EPA-estimated 19/24/21 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).2

Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport specs are a clear comparison: For a more fun and efficient SUV, choose the Acura RDX.

Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport: Performance & Specs

 

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Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport: Dimensions


Both models are five-seat, two-row SUVs designed to take on tighter roads and parking spots while being spacious and stable vehicles on long highway drives.

When we look at the Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport exterior dimensions, we see that the Acura RDX design has a major advantage for maneuverability, as the Passport is 3.8 inches wider and around 7.0 inches taller than the RDX. Interestingly, the Honda Passport design is aimed more at off-road adventures, but the vehicle only offers 8.1 inches of ground clearance. The Acura RDX offers 8.2 inches of ground clearance, exceeding its rugged cousin from Honda, even in the areas you might think are a shutout.

Whether on a tight trail or a tight city street, the Acura model also exceeds the Honda Passport for maneuverability. The RDX has a 38.9-foot curb-to-curb turning circle diameter. In comparison, the Honda Passport needs 39.3 feet.

Moving inside, the Acura RDX interior negates its smaller body, offering 0.5 inches of extra front headroom and 1.1 inches of extra front legroom vs. the new Honda Passport interior. Drivers who choose a new Acura RDX will get a spacious 104 cubic foot passenger volume to keep everyone comfortable. The model can also store a maximum of 79.8 cubic feet of cargo in its interior, letting you handle your lifestyle in a luxury SUV.

 

Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport: Trim Levels & Features


Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport trims see the Acura RDX for sale offer more configuration options. For this Acura luxury SUV, you can choose between:

  • Acura RDX (Base)
  • Acura RDX Technology
  • Acura RDX A-Spec
  • Acura RDX Advance
  • Acura RDX A-Spec Advance

The new Honda Passport trims are as follows:

  • Honda Passport EX-L
  • Honda Passport TrailSport
  • Honda Passport Black Edition

While the Acura RDX trims do have a slightly higher starting price than the Honda Passport, the standard features they provide as extra more than makeup for the difference. With our Acura RDX lease deals, standard advantages include more front-seat adjustability, more speakers in the sound system, extra adaptive cruise control functionality, wireless Apple CarPlay®, wireless Android Auto™, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and more.

With available features that can't be found in the Honda Passport, like 16-way power front seats that include heating, cooling, thigh supports, perforated premium Milano leather upholstery, contrast stitching, and more benefits, Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport features are another clear comparison: The Acura RDX offers more.

Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport: Trim Levels & Features

 

Discover the New Acura RDX at Muller Acura of Merrillville


From fun to features, the RDX is a luxury SUV offering more. For further details on how the Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport comparison plays out, or to compare other Acura SUVs like the Acura RDX vs. Acura MDX, our Acura dealership team would be happy to help. Our staff loves the Acura vehicle lineup and will be just as excited to show you the advantages of this refined and alluring ride. When the time comes to maintain it, our service center's competitive pricing and convenience will keep things as enjoyable as can be.

Contact Muller Acura of Merrillville today to set up a test drive of an Acura RDX SUV, submit your finance application online, and swing by to find the ideal ride for your lifestyle.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the main differences between the Acura RDX and Honda Passport?

The differences between the Acura RDX and Honda Passport include more torque, higher MPG ratings, and faster acceleration3, 4 in the RDX. The luxury Acura RDX SUV also has a more agile exterior with extra front legroom and headroom, more ground clearance, more luxury features as standard, premium available features its competitor does not offer, and unique styling compared to the Honda Passport.

 

Which one has better performance, the Acura RDX or the Honda Passport?

Acura RDX vs. Honda Passport performance specs are won by the Acura RDX. The model goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds,3 while the Honda Passport takes 6.5 seconds.4 Plus, the Acura RDX delivers up to an EPA-estimated 21/27/23 MPG (City/Highway/Combined),1 while the Honda Passport delivers up to an EPA-estimated 19/24/21 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).2

 

Which one is better for off-roading, the Acura RDX or the Honda Passport?

Despite being tailored to off-roading, the Honda Passport has lower ground clearance than the Acura RDX. Even without SH-AWD, which can intelligently maintain traction with powerful vehicle dynamics, the Acura RDX has 8.2 inches of ground clearance. In comparison, the Honda Passport is limited to 8.1 inches of ground clearance. The Acura RDX specs also include a smaller turning circle than the Honda Passport.


1Based on 2024 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

2Based on 2024 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, and other factors.

3This information is not verified by the official manufacturer and shall serve solely as unofficial general information. For details, visit: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/acura/rdx/

4This information is not verified by the official manufacturer and shall serve solely as unofficial general information. For details, visit: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/honda/passport/2024/