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2023 Honda Passport vs. 2023 Toyota Highlander

Comparison between 2023 Honda Passport and 2023 Toyota Highlander

1. Introduction

The 2023 Honda Passport epitomizes functionality, subsequently boasting great amounts of agility and maneuverability owing to its 6-speed automatic transmission. It is fuel efficient while being ecologically conscious, great for anyone who enjoys nature and hiking in the great outdoors. Booming with essential safety features, the 2023 Honda Passport created an SUV that promises secure and protected transportation while doing this in style. And for any individuals who enjoy a sound system, Honda gives the option for a premium sound system in this vehicle. Toyota has taken a different route with the 2023 Toyota Highlander. First impression of this vehicle is its sleek and suave design. Toyota has aimed towards creating a kind of Luxury Sports Utility Vehicle. Through glassy windows of a spacious interior you'll find optional leather-trimmed upholstery with wood-grain accents. This is a family friendly vehicle with the option of a "rear-seat entertainment system" and a monstrous 12-speaker JBL sound system. When considering the Highlander we must not forget the hybrid model that Toyota has boasted is "the most fuel-efficient midsize 3-row vehicle". Based on these two descriptions, we have formed an essay that compares two vehicles that meet the needs and wants of differing people. Throughout the vehicle ownership lifecycle, the consumer will experience the process of purchasing, insuring, and financing a vehicle. Using various data from different sources we will compare the true costs of these vehicles to the consumers in these 3 situations.

1.1. Overview of the 2023 Honda Passport

The Passport is a two-row mid-size conveyance that Honda pitches as "seeking adventure seekers who value ample sitting room, rear seat space, and cargo area, which are a widely appealing combination of comfort, capability, and confidence-inspiring driving dynamics. Larger than the Honda CR-V and HR-V, the Passport is size-wise it forms between fellow Honda products, the compact and the three-row Palladium crossover SUV." For 2023, Honda has given the Passport a facelift, occasionally revised the feature set, and replaced the nine-speed automatic gear group with a new 10-speed program. There is also a new TrailSport model, which is designed to bring a tougher, more courageous appearance and higher toughness. The Passport TrailSport features an standard all-wheel-drive, 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, a unique metallic garnish on the front and rear fascias, an aggressive roof side with an aggressive roof bow, and TrailSport badges to differentiate it from the rest of the Passport lineup. The TrailSport's adventure-ready persona is also backed up by capability enhancements, with an extra 25-degree approach angle, a new black grille, and a heavy-duty guidance skid plate. Regardless of trim level, all Passport models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, which is 11 horsepower and 6 lb-ft higher than the 2022 model. The V6 is an adequate and refined powerplant in this application, pairing well with an okay but unremarkable nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations are available. Honda says the new 10-speed program offers smoother shifts and better acceleration and fuel economy. The new program should also help fix the acceleration delay issue we had with a 2021 Passport with the nine-speed, which had delayed and occasionally indecisive downshifts that plague ZF nine-speed automatics. Illuminated steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are standard on all models, and the automaker has increased the Passport's tow rating to a hefty 5,000 pounds for front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive models, now 1,500 pounds higher than the 2022 model. With the design and tech refresh, the Passport features a new set of standard LED headlights and newly designed LED taillights, as well as subtly revised front and rear fascias and a wider use of passive entry paint colors. Inside, the Passport receives Honda's latest infotainment system and an easier-to-access wireless smartphone charging pad. High-grade materials are used throughout the cabin, and Honda is aiming for increased quietness this time around. The company claims it has added new soundproofing materials and increased insulation throughout the Passport with the goal of making it quieter and more relaxing for motorists and their passengers. Standard on all Passport models are a back slip detection and mitigation system, a highway driver assistance system, a revised adaptive cruise control function, and a new headlight high beam timer function. The Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assist tech now also features a color multi-informational display, a car wash mode, and wheel dynamic guidelines for the backup camera, and spectrum quartz highlights for the tactile buttons on the steering wheel. The 2023 Honda Passport is set to go on sale on December 6th, with pre-orders up and running. Pricing starts at $39,995 for the base Sport model and ranges up to around $50,000 for the TrailSport Elite.

1.2. Overview of the 2023 Toyota Highlander

Performance The Toyota Highlander comes standard with a 2.7-liter 187-hp four-cylinder motor, which is the same budget-minded, underpowered motor in the base Camry and RAV4. This motor is only offered with front-wheel drive. However, the majority of Highlanders are equipped with a 3.5-liter 270-hp V6, which has plenty of power and sufficient acceleration, plus a smooth and refined character. This V6 gets about the same efficiency as the four-cylinder, and is definitely worth the additional cost. Both the four-cylinder and V6 use a 6-speed automatic, but the top choice Highlander Hybrid has a different powertrain, consisting of a V6 combined with electric motors. Although not as exceptionally powerful but more roadworthy than the Lexus RX Hybrid, this Highlander Hybrid delivers promised acceleration along with significantly better fuel efficiency, though it is much pricier. The Highlander feels secure and capable in corners, and provides a fairly firm yet still friendly ride. Braking is excellent in the V6 models, but the four-cylinder's rear drum brakes are only average.

Overview The Toyota Highlander is a big medium-size SUV (traditionally called a 'crossover'), and the biggest vehicle in Toyota's SUV lineup, sitting above the medium-size RAV4 and conservative 4Runner. It has seating for up to eight, a choice of four or six-cylinder motor, and front or all-wheel drive. It's based on the same platform as the Toyota Camry, and offers a comparable level of comfort, convenience, and driving pleasure, in addition to great build quality and high reliability. The Highlander competes in the most hotly contested segment in the car industry, battling against other medium-size crossovers like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Traverse, and Subaru Ascent.

2. Performance and Powertrain

The 2023 Honda Passport is powered by the same robust 3.5-liter V6 found in the new Honda Ridgeline. This unit produces a healthy 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque while being paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Buyers have a choice of front-wheel drive or Honda's i-VTM4 all-wheel drive system. The latter can send up to 70% of torque to the rear wheels and distribute 100% of that torque between the left and right rear wheels, keeping in line with the Passport's off-road capabilities. Towing is rated at 3,500 lbs for front-wheel drive models and 5,000 lbs with all-wheel drive. The 2023 Toyota Highlander has 2 powertrains available. A 3.5-liter V6 or a hybrid system that uses a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder coupled with one or two electric motors, depending on if the Highlander is front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The V6 models make 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, which is similar to the Passport. Most Highlanders will come equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, but some trim levels offer a hybrid with a CVT transmission. Towing is rated at 5,000 lbs for V6 models, while the hybrid has a 3,500 lb towing capacity. Fuel efficiency is quite a different story. Front-wheel drive Passports achieve 20/24/22 (city/highway/combined) mpg, while all-wheel drives lose 1 combined mpg at 19/24/21. The 2-wheel drive V6 Highlanders get about the same fuel economy as the all-wheel drive Passports. At the top end is the Highlander Hybrid with 36/35/36, beating out the Passport by a long shot. For those who want maximum fuel economy and don't mind the slower acceleration, the Highlander Hybrid would be a clear choice over the Passport. (Islam et al.2023)

2.1. Engine options and specifications

-----2.1. Engine options and specifications----- Honda Passport: The Passport uses a 3.5 litre V6 that is rated for 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It is mated exclusively to a 9-speed automatic transmission and has the option of all-wheel drive on all trim levels. The AWD versions receive a standard start-stop system to help save fuel, along with Honda's i-VTM4 torque vectoring AWD system, which is borrowed from the Ridgeline. This makes the Passport's AWD system a very capable one for off-roading, which is something that is better than many competitors that offer a simple AWD lock function or are primarily front-wheel drive-based crossovers. The AWD system has a locking function to send 100% of available rear axle torque to either the left or right wheels and also has torque vectoring for the rear wheels when in a corner by overdriving the outside rear wheel. Ground clearance is 7.5 inches for FWD models and 8.1 inches for AWD models. Toyota Highlander: The Highlander comes with 2 different engine options. The L, LE, and XLE trims come with a 2.7 litre 4-cylinder engine that is rated for 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The 4-cylinder engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and is offered with FWD only. The FWD 4-cylinder Highlander has the best fuel economy ratings, but the slow acceleration and lack of a 3rd row option may not make it the ideal choice for a family hauler. The 4-cylinder engine models do not have a towing option. All other trim levels come with a 3.5 litre V6, which is rated for 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and has the option of FWD or all-wheel drive. As usual, the V6 engine is the better option to go for, but that comes with the caveat of higher trim level and pricing to get out of the 4-cylinder models. AWD V6 Highlanders have the Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD system from the current generation RAV4. This is a less complex and capable system than the Passport's AWD system, and it is the only choice for turning and all-weather capabilities on any Highlander trim level. Ground clearance for all Highlanders is 8 inches, which is surprisingly less than that of the Passport.

2.2. Acceleration and top speed comparison

Since both cars have various trim levels, engine options, and drive systems, I have chosen the most powerful engine/trims available on both the cars to give the most accurate acceleration and top speed comparison. The Honda Passport has just one engine option, which is standard on all trims. It is a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 MPH time ranges from 6.2 to 7.1 seconds depending on the source and if the AWD system is specified on the Sport, Elite, or Touring trims. Unfortunately, I could not find the top speed for the Honda Passport, but it is likely around the 110-125 MPH region depending on the 0-60 speed and amount of torque steer. The Toyota Highlander comes with either a 3.5-liter V6 or 2.5-liter hybrid. The actual acceleration of the hybrid is difficult to find, so for these results, I will be using the figures for the 3.5-liter V6. This engine produces 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. The quoted time of 0-60 MPH varies greatly by source, ranging from 6.7 to 7.3 seconds. The highest figure for the 0-60 MPH time came from C&D for the heavier AWD models. The XLE and Limited trims should reach 60 MPH a few tenths of a second faster than the base LE trim due to the stop/start AWD system used on these trims. The highest top speed was reported to be 116 MPH by Motor Trend, and this is likely to be the figure for the lighter FWD models with the AWD models being around 3-5 MPH slower.

2.3. Fuel efficiency and range

As shown, the 2023 Toyota Highlander has a better fuel economy compared to the new Honda Passport. This would be due to its V6 engine having Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide (VVT-iW) and VVT-i on the dual overhead camshafts with intelligence. The Toyota Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission is engineered to a higher MPG than the previous 6-speed to provide an impressive blend of acceleration and fuel efficiency. With an EPA-estimated 21 city/29 highway MPG, and 24 combined MPG, the fuel efficiency exceeds the 2023 Honda Passport's fuel economy. The AWD models bring more dynamic torque to the rear wheels with the ability to use 100 percent of the power in the back. The system can also disengage the rear wheels and work only the front, thus when AWD is unnecessary in situations such as high-speed cruising, the vehicle will consume less gas since it is only driving the front wheels. This method can increase the 2023 Toyota Highlander's fuel efficiency and provide a combined driving range of over 500 miles. Given that its fuel efficiency surpasses the 2023 Honda Passport by a fair margin, a consumer who is value-conscious of fuel costs might be more inclined to consider the Toyota. An environmentally conscious individual might look towards the Toyota Highlander Hybrid model coming with an AWD eAWD system that employs a rear-mounted electric motor to provide additional AWD traction. It has an impressive 36/35/36 fuel economy and has the use of an Atkinson cycle engine that helps optimize fuel consumption. (Chakraborty et al., 2021)

The 2023 Honda Passport has a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It is estimated to achieve an EPA fuel economy rating of 21/25/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) for FWD models and 20/25/22 mpg for AWD models (excluding trims equipped with the Trail Package). For AWD trims equipped with the Trail Package, ratings are 19/24/21 mpg. Based on an 18.5-gallon fuel tank, this should be able to provide an estimated maximum driving range well over 500 miles. The AWD models have a fuel efficiency of 19/24/21 mpg and have a miles range of 315 and 400 accordingly. The combined maximum driving range for all models when combining city and highway miles will be around 353-518 miles. This should be an ample driving range for consumers who enjoy taking trips into the outdoors or near the mountains. This would be sufficient as the 2022 Honda Passport, which is the previous year model, comes with a V6 engine that has a fuel efficiency of 19/24/21 mpg. Despite the decreased fuel economy in the newer model, it is expected as the 2023 Honda Passport comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. When comparing to other midsize SUVs in the market, the 2023 Honda Passport is on par with its fuel economy. With gas prices on the rise, consumers will find that this vehicle is not too heavy on the pocket. Although fuel efficiency for the Honda Passport is on the relatively lower side, Honda made a good effort to design the vehicle with increased fuel efficiency, given that turbocharged engines are generally known to consume more fuel compared to a traditional NA engine.

3. Interior and Technology

The Honda Passport takes the win in terms of interior dimensions and space for passengers. It has a few inches more leg, head, and shoulder room for front passengers, as well as a couple more inches for rear passenger torso and shoulder room. The Passport's larger 3rd generation Pilot platform enables this larger space. The Toyota Highlander has marginally more front passenger headroom, as well as a few extra cubic inches of passenger volume. For practicality, the Passport comes with a hard cargo cover to go along with its extra inches of cargo width and height, and extra cubic inches of cargo volume and maximum cargo volume. With alternative cargo covers available, a height-adjustable power tailgate, and adjustable cargo wall, the Passport makes it easier to utilize and store your items, although both also come with a hands-free tailgate for the ability to open the tailgate by waving your foot under the sensor. (Rufino et al.2024)

3.1. Spaciousness and seating capacity

2023 Toyota Highlander The current gen Highlander now has two seating configurations. The standard 2nd row configuration features bench seating, allowing for 8 passengers. Front-wheel drive models can opt for a no-cost second-row captain's chairs to bring the seating down to 7. With its longer wheelbase and overall length, the Highlander provides a lot of room in all seating areas. Its third-row seating is one of the most generous in head and legroom. But even the third row's access and comfort level are pretty good as far as three-row crossovers go. But it's the second row that has the best comfort and with high seating positioning. This improved visibility can help reduce motion sickness and visibility to read and/or watch stuff on the commutes. All seats are contoured and soft. Materials quality is pretty high in the front and second row, with the expected declines towards the rear. 8-passenger models will be equipped with a multifunction center row seat that provides easy access to the 3rd row. It has a long slide function in the center and a one-touch tilt and slide for 3rd row access. This function can also make room for child seats in the mom to easily get to the back.

2023 Honda Passport The Passport is definitely one of the more spacious and capable SUVs. Its interior offers five to eight passenger seating with a good amount of room to spare. The second row of seats is very comfortable and there's an abundance of room to maneuver. Getting in and out of the vehicle is very easy thanks to its large doors, and the driver's seating position boasts good visibility and a solid driving position. All Passports come with a digital assistant called "Honda Personal Assistant." This provides contextual understanding and goals to the driver's inquiries. It connects drivers to the internet, the weather, media, and even some features like navigation. All of the voice commands are processed through the user's smartphone, providing hands-free use and constantly in the cloud enabling fast responses. This is a pretty unique offering that we have yet to see on a vehicle and might be quite convenient.

3.2. Infotainment and connectivity features

Given its more modern design, the Honda Passport boasts a more up-to-date infotainment system than the Highlander. It comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen compared to the Highlander's 6.1-inch screen (an 8.0-inch screen is optional on higher-spec Highlanders), and a 7.0-inch gauge-cluster display compared to the Toyota's 4.2-inch screen. Base Sport Passports come with a 215-watt seven-speaker stereo system with a subwoofer, and the EX-L, Touring, and Elite models are equipped with a more audio-friendly 10-speaker setup. All Highlanders come with six speakers and offer an 8.0-inch touchscreen and a 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display unless you opt for the top-spec Limited or Platinum model, in which case you get a 12-speaker JBL audio system and a 7.0-inch gauge cluster. Additionally, every Passport comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and EX-L and higher models have built-in GPS. This is compared to the Highlander's CarPlay and Auto compatibility which starts on the XLE model, and built-in GPS is not offered. Also, Passports all feature three 2.5-amp USB ports and one 1.0-amp USB port, compared to the Highlander's whose number of ports and port speed varies by trim, but offers ports of only up to 2.1-amps. The Highlander does give you five total USB ports starting on the XLE model, but all models of the Passport and Highlander only have up to two of these in the front seats. Both vehicles offer a rear entertainment system on its higher-tiered models.

3.3. Advanced driver-assistance systems

The 2023 Honda Passport and 2023 Toyota Highlander are closely ranked in U.S. News overall scores and have similar safety ratings. However, at a first glance the Honda Passport's advanced driver-assist system (ADAS) might be more complicated and malfunction prone than the more user friendly system equipped on the Toyota Highlander. ADAS have been a major trend in automotive safety systems in the last 20 years and continue to develop. Systems like lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, and automatic emergency braking are some of the more popular ADAS. This includes the availability to back up the vehicle automatically and apply more brake pressure or steer the vehicle away from pedestrians. ADAS are generally designed to prevent crashes and accidents due to human error. Though ADAS can't fully replace the skills of an attentive driver, these tech features are a step toward a safer driving environment. The standard safety features equipped on the Honda Passport are listed as collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams. While on the other hand, the standard safety features on the Toyota Highlander are listed as pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control. The difference between what Honda brands as these systems compared to what Toyota brands as these systems is somewhat confusing and gloomy. However, Honda's Intelligent Traction Management system, designed to provide grip on varying surfaces (snow, mud, and sand), and hill start assist are convenient features for drivers who frequently drive in undesirable road conditions.

3.4. Cargo space and versatility

Highlanders and Pilots have always been known for their spacious cabins that are sorted out with an abundance of small-object storage cubbies. Nothing has changed there; the Toyota has thirteen cup holders and large door pockets for every occupant, still the high minivan benchmark. The Honda has eleven cup holders and slightly larger door pockets, there is no clear leader in cubby space but the Passport gets it. More tellingly, high-range Highlanders and Pilots come with a total of four fast charging USB ports and four 12v outlets spread throughout the cabin, the USB ports are placed smartly adjacent to cup holders and the voltage outlets can be found throughout the front and rear rows. Honda can do one better with a wireless phone charger and a rear entertainment system, although Toyota does not offer a similar system.

Once the cargo area is empty, the even floor assists loading and unloading heavy items that slide easily. With the rear seat sorted out, we fit 10 carry-on suitcases behind the 2nd row and 26 with all seats stowed. That's as good as it gets in this class, the Honda Pilot managed 8 carry-ons behind its second row and 16 with the row stowed. The high-riding Passport, more or less a smaller Pilot, fit 11 carry-on suitcases behind its rear seat and 24 with the rear seats stowed. Every mid-size SUV managed just five and six boxes behind its third row. The Highlander has a large bin underneath the climate controls and even mid-range models have second-row captain's chairs, there are no hindrances for those occupants getting to or stashing small items. Upper trim levels have a bench seat with a clever-slide feature, it can move 1" up to create more clearance for third-row passengers or slide 11" ahead to create easier access to the third row, it completely alleviates the slight obstruction with the fixed second row and is worth the upgrade. High-end Highlanders even have a surround-view parking camera, although it is hard to find reasons to buy an XLE when the Limited and Platinum cost only slightly more. Refinement and versatility are the name of the game for these SUVs and that mantra is reflected in their cargo capabilities.

4. Safety and Reliability

In terms of repair/maintenance costs and depreciation, the costs would be less on the Passport as it is below the average line compared to all other vehicles, and the Highlander is higher than average. This can be beneficial for a buyer who wants less maintenance costs and does not want to spend a lot on a new vehicle. The decision in terms of safety is clear: the Highlander is a winner.

As for the 2023 Highlander, it has received 5 out of 5 stars from the NHTSA and "Good" ratings in all of the IIHS safety tests, therefore deeming it an IIHS top safety pick. The Highlander is equipped with airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and its safety features vary by the model. This vehicle comes with a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an 8-year, 100,000-mile hybrid system warranty. The reliability ratings for both of these vehicles are average, however, the "overall" rating for the Highlander is better than the Passport. This is indicated by the IIHS "safest" car designation and the Consumer Reports recommendation.

Beginning with the 2023 Passport, it has already received 5 out of 5 stars from the NHTSA. However, it has not undergone testing by the IIHS. It is equipped with an assortment of safety features such as airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist system, and a rearview camera. This vehicle comes with a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an accessory limited warranty. Similar to the Highlander, the Passport has a single recall for the side airbags.

4.1. Crash test ratings and safety features

Honda has been known for making safe and reliable vehicles for many years. The Passport brings Honda's commitment to safety to the table, with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies being standard on all trims. With forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems, well-rated LED headlamps, road departure mitigation, collision mitigating steering systems, and lane keep assist, Passport drivers can have the peace of mind that the vehicle is looking out for their safety in all situations. Unfortunately, the Passport has not yet been tested for either NHTSA or IIHS safety tests, so there currently is no official safety rating for the vehicle. This may be a deterrent for some safety-focused consumers. Toyota has been a leader in vehicle safety for a long time, and the Highlander is another example of that. The 2023 Highlander was named a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS and has a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The Highlander comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 on all models. This suite comes equipped with Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, and Road Sign Assist. With top safety ratings and Toyota's reputation, the Highlander is one of the safer options in this vehicle segment.

4.2. Warranty coverage and reliability ratings

Reliability ratings from J.D. Power give the Passport a four out of five rating, which is better than most competitors in the category. The Highlander is rated significantly higher with a 4.5 out of five rating, which is better than any other car in the category. If cost of ownership and long-term reliability are important to you, it seems that the Highlander is the better choice of the two.

Honda offers the Passport a warranty package that is slightly above average for the others in the category. There is a three-year, 36,000-mile comprehensive warranty and a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Unlike most other Hondas, though, the Passport does not come with the ability to buy an extended warranty. Toyota provides the Highlander with a more comprehensive warranty. It is relatively the same with the three-year, 36,000-mile comprehensive coverage, but the Highlander comes with a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty and three years or 36,000 miles of free maintenance. In addition to the extended warranty possibilities, this gives the Highlander a minor edge in terms of reducing long-term cost of ownership.

4.3. Maintenance and ownership costs

Based on ownership costs, the Honda Passport has come out to be the better vehicle. The Toyota Highlander has a much higher TCO compared to the Honda Passport. This is largely due to higher insurance and repair costs. The Honda Passport has the second lowest TCO in its class, only 0.4% off the class leader. However, when taking in all data; depreciation value, maintenance, repair, fuel costs, and insurance; the Honda Passport can save the consumer up to $2000 over a 5-year ownership. Therefore, it is much cheaper to own a Honda Passport compared to the Toyota Highlander.

The Honda Passport and the Toyota Highlander both have a good reliability reputation according to Consumer Reports. This is based on the data from their respondents which have shown that these cars are trouble free up to the 3-year mark. Maintenance costs have not been specified for either car but based on the data provided, either vehicle would be a suitable choice when taking into account annual maintenance costs. However, in relation to annual repair costs, the Toyota Highlander is the better option. According to data provided by Consumer Reports, the yearly maintenance cost of the Highlander is $413 compared to the renewal costs of the Honda Passport $93. This suggests that the Highlander has higher repair costs in the later years compared to the first few years of ownership. Both vehicles depreciated much slower than the average of all vehicles over a 5-year period. According to Intellichoice, the projected resale value for the Toyota Highlander is 63% whereas the Honda Passport is 67%.


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