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

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Safety

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.

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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.
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Performance

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.

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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.
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Interior

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.

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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.
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Conclusion: Venza vs. Passport

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).

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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.
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