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2021 Venza vs. Passport Comparison

For a similar starting MSRP ($32,470 compared to $32,790 for the Passport), the Venza has lots of standard features in many categories plus a significant advantage in its EPA-estimated 40/37/39 (city/highway/combined) MPG ratings thanks to a standard hybrid powertrain.

Back in action for the 2021 model year, the Venza has the features of both a hybrid and an SUV. After their original debuts, the Toyota Venza and Honda Passport entered the SUV market only to take a brief hiatus. The Venza was introduced in 2009 and was discontinued in 2015. The Passport entered in 1994 and was phased out by the Honda Pilot in 2003. It returned to the market in 2018. Today, they offer fairly different approaches to the smaller mid-size SUV market.

To get the most out of your drive, the Venza and Passport have come back stronger than ever, but only one vehicle can sweep the competition. Take a look at how the Toyota Venza hybrid SUV compares to the standard gas model Honda Passport in safety, performance, and interior.

Publish Date: 01/15/2021

2021 Venza driving fast through the city

Safety

  • The 2021 Venza comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0). The Passport has Honda Sensing® Technologies.
  • You get Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) on the Venza LE. To get this same feature on the Passport you'd have to upgrade to the Passport EX-L or higher.
  • You'll be driving with confidence knowing that both SUVs received 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings by the NHTSA.

Safety is important no matter what vehicle you pick. That's why many drivers give extra attention to driver-assistive technology offerings when choosing their next car.

Standard Safety Features

With the 2021 Venza you get Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) Automatic High Beams (AHB), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Road Sign Assist (RSA).

The Venza LE base model also comes standard with Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). For Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor for the Passport, you'd have to upgrade to the Passport EX-L or higher.

Honda's comparable safety system includes Honda Sensing® Technologies. The similar standard features listed are a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Auto High-Beam Headlights, and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

To avoid backward rolling on steep inclines, the Venza and Passport both have standard Hill Start Assist Control (HAC).

Only the Venza, which starts at $32,470, has standard AWD for more driving confidence in many adverse road conditions and Active Cornering Assist (ACA) to add control during tight turns. To get standard AWD on the Honda Passport, you'd need to upgrade to the Passport Elite which starts at $44,180.

Additionally, both the 2021 Venza and Passport received 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings by the NHTSA.

2021 Venza parked outside a modern building

Performance

  • The Venza has a hybrid engine that really packs a performance punch with an EPA-estimated 40/37/39 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The Passport lacks a hybrid trim.
  • The Venza has the availability to switch between Sport, ECO, Normal, and EV Modes. The Passport doesn't mention these driving options on their specs page.
  • With the Venza's Active Cornering Assist (ACA) you'll also have more control over your drive.

If you want the utility that an SUV provides with excellent fuel economy, the Venza offers a mix of both but with significantly better EPA-estimated MPG ratings than the Passport. For its part, the Passport has more horsepower.

Fuel Economy

The Venza, powered by a hybrid engine, has an EPA-estimated 40/37/39 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating on all trim levels. The Passport offers only gas-engine configurations which means it falls behind in fuel economy. With an EPA-estimated 20/25/22 (city/highway/combined) for the Passport FWD and 19/24/21 (city/highway/combined) for the AWD models, none of the Passport models come close.

In the 2021 Venza, you can also switch between Sport, ECO, Normal, and EV Modes depending on your driving needs. The Passport does not advertise having the ability to switch driving modes despite having better power under the hood.

Plus, you gain even more control with Active Cornering Assist (ACA) in the Venza which helps improve handling.

One slight advantage the Passport does have is horsepower. With a standard V6 engine, the Passport has 280 horsepower. The Venza's Hybrid System produces a combined net horsepower of 219.

To keep your vehicle in top shape, Toyota has the ToyotaCare plan which includes factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first plus 24/7 Roadside Assistance for 2 years, unlimited mileage. The Passport has Honda Roadside Assistance lasting for 3 years/36,000 miles. Honda Care Maintenance, is a prepaid maintenance plan that will cost extra.

Interior of 2021 Venza

Interior

  • The 2021 Venza comes standard with a lot of media features like Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. To get those features standard on the Passport you'd need the EX-L trim or higher.
  • If you're wanting a simple way to charge your phone, the Venza has Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging.
  • The Toyota Venza has an available 12.3-in. touchscreen. The Passport only has an available 8-in. touchscreen.

Multimedia can be what completes any ride. With the standard audio options in the Venza you can take a simple trip to the store and make it an adventure.

Multimedia Features

Play your favorite tunes with Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility standard on the Venza. Plus, get hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth®. The Passport has standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Streaming Audio. But, to get Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® Integration you'd have to spend a starting MSRP of $36,810 for the EX-L or higher. The Venza has these features and more standard for a starting MSRP of $32,470.

The Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL® audio package which includes a 12.3-in. touchscreen and nine JBL® speakers is standard on the Venza Limited which starts at $39,800. The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic is standard starting on the Passport Touring which starts at $39,680. Comparatively, the Premium Audio System for the Honda Passport comes with an 8-in. touchscreen and 10 Speakers.

To its advantage, the Passport offers more cargo and legroom. With 77.9 cu. ft. behind the 1st-row and 40.9 in./39.6 in. (front/rear) legroom, the Passport is slightly larger. The Venza has 55.1 cu. ft. of cargo behind the front row and a similar amount of legroom with 40.9 in./37.8 in. (front/rear) of space.

For an added tech touch, the Venza has Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging and four USB charge ports. The Passport only has two USB ports standard and no mention of wireless charging capabilities.

Isolated 2021 Venza in red

Conclusion: Venza vs. Passport

  • The Venza has a plethora of standard safety features, like Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).
  • To keep things running smoothly, new Toyota vehicles come with the ToyotaCare plan. Honda's scheduled maintenance program costs extra.

The 2021 Venza is the perfect adventure vehicle with its affordable price and great gas mileage estimates. All Venza trims come with a hybrid engine that has an EPA-estimated 40/37/39 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The Passport only offers a gas-engine powertrain. To compare, the Passport FWD has an EPA-estimated rating of 20/25/22 (city/highway/combined).

Loads of standard safety features come with the Venza and Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0). Although the Honda Passport has some similar offerings, the base model Passport Sport lacks Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).

You're also better covered in the shop with the ToyotaCare plan which includes factory-scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Honda has prepaid maintenance that will cost you extra.

Get more out of your ride with the 2021 Venza which goes above and beyond in safety, performance, and multimedia features.