Honda Passport vs. Nissan Murano Comparison

Whether you do a lot of traveling, need extra room for the family, or just like the feeling of extra space, having a midsize SUV can be a great vehicle choice. Two popular midsize SUVs are the Nissan Murano and the Honda Passport.

The Murano, which takes its name from a famous glassmaking area in Italy, first debuted in the 2003 model year. The Passport has had an interesting history. It returned for the 2019 model year as a midsize crossover slotting between the CR-V and Pilot in Honda’s SUV lineup.

In this Nissan Murano vs. Honda Passport comparison, we’ll take a look at the 2021 versions of these models and dive into their similarities, differences, and which may best to meet your family’s vehicle needs.

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The 2021 Honda Passport has connectivity through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is now standard as part of the eight-inch display system on the base model.

As a carryover model, the 2021 Nissan Murano does not have any major changes to its design or features. Instead, Nissan is relying on the effectiveness of its current model as a template for what is to come.

The Murano made Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard starting the 2018 model year. Forward collision warning, navigation, and automatic emergency braking are also standard.


The 2021 Murano features a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. It offers a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is available as an option.

The 2021 Honda Passport also features a 3.5-liter V6 engine, boasting 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a nine-speed automatic.

The Passport wins here by a nudge, but the real edge is in towing capacity. The Passport can tow 3,500 to 5,000 pounds depending on the trim line while the sporty Murano is limited to 1,500 pounds.

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Fuel Economy

The fuel economy of the Passport has not changed in the 2021 model. The front-wheel-drive Passport offers 20 mpg city and 25 highway mpg. The all-wheel-drive Passport offers 19 mpg city and 24 mpg.

By comparison, the Murano will offer 21 mpg city and 28 highway fuel economy. Nissan has improved the Murano’s efficiency over the years and will save you on fuel over the Passport.


The pricing of these midsize SUVs is similar, but there is a difference. The 2021 Honda Passport is priced at $33,710 for the front-wheel-drive Sport, while the 2021 Nissan Murano’s base trim starts at $32,625.

At the top end, the Passport Touring starts at $42,600, and the Murano Platinum (with all-wheel drive) comes in at $46,425. The Passport is the more modern vehicle with more standard features and more power giving it the edge. But if you are big on distinctive, attractive styling, the Murano is the clear choice.

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Other Midsize Crossover Models

No matter why you’re looking for the extra space of a midsize SUV, the 2021 Nissan Murano and 2021 Honda Passport are both good options.

By comparing and contrasting what each has to offer, you can decide which would be a better fit for your family’s needs. You can narrow your options and get the midsize SUV that will be everything you need and want it to be.

Other models to consider in the midsize two-row crossover class include the Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Ford Edge.

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