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Chevy Blazer vs. Honda Passport: A Blazer Challenges the Establishment

Steven Mitchell

We compare the 2021 Chevy Blazer with the 2021 Honda Passport and decide if the new kid can topple the establishment.

The Established Order

2021 Honda Passport - hondanews.com
2021 Honda Passport - hondanews.com

It has been four solid years of sensible, reliable, and comfortable work for the Honda Passport. The 2021 Honda Passport Elite, or any Honda SUV, is the tried-and-true khakis or sensible black pumps of the crossover world. New models from Hyundai with innovative interior and exterior designs make the Passport look dated, but people buy it because of Honda’s reliability.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer - chevrolet.com
2021 Chevrolet Blazer - chevrolet.com

In 2019, Chevrolet reintroduced a nostalgic name to their lineup, the Blazer. You may remember the Blazer being a boxy trim package of the old S-10 or, better yet, when it was based on the full-sized Chevy pickup before its name changed to Tahoe. Rather than make people nostalgic, Chevy turned the once boxy Blazer into an SUV version of the Camaro. And it’s not hateful. Can flash beat sensible? Let’s see who wins out between these SUVs.

Blazer vs Passport – Powertrains

2021 Chevrolet Blazer 2.5L I4 - carsforsale.com
2021 Chevrolet Blazer 2.5L I4 - carsforsale.com

The 2021 Blazer gives you a few powertrain options, but only one that matches the looks. The base engine is a 193hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic. A 230hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder does a better job and moving the hefty Blazer down the road, but you’ll want the 308hp 3.6L V6. If you want a four-wheel-drive powertrain, your only options are the turbocharged I4 or the V6.

The Blazer RS looks like it has lots of promise and delivers a 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. It’s also easy on gas with 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway coupled with that speed. It seems Chevy spent their money on looks and athletics.

2021 Honda Passport 3.5L V6 - carsforsale.com
2021 Honda Passport 3.5L V6 - carsforsale.com

Of course, Honda has kept things simple with their 280-hp SOHC 24-valve V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission. We commend Honda for having paddle shifters since the sporty Blazer doesn’t even come with those. Honda’s Passport isn’t slow with its surprising 5.8 seconds 0-60. The smooth-sounding V6 does well with fuel at 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The 2021 Honda Passport might look old, but it’s speedy.

Blazer vs. Passport – Size

2021 Chevrolet Blazer - chevrolet.com
2021 Chevrolet Blazer - chevrolet.com

The 2021 Chevy Blazer and 2021 Honda Passport are within an inch of each other in length. The Blazer’s wheelbase, at 112.7, is 1.7 inches longer, but the width is 2-inches narrower than the Passport, and they’re about the same height.

2021 Honda Passport - hondanews.com
2021 Honda Passport - hondanews.com

What about interior space? The Passport’s passenger volume is bigger at 115.9 cu ft to the Blazers 107.8 cu ft. That extra space comes from having a more conservative roofline on the Passport. There’s also extra rear cargo room in the Passport. The Passport’s cargo space is 77.9 cu ft to the Blazers 64.2 cu ft. What model you decide to go with might depend on looks or space here.

Blazer vs. Passport – Driving

2021 Chevrolet Blazer - chevrolet.com
2021 Chevrolet Blazer - chevrolet.com

As the perceived sportier of the two, the Blazer should live up to its design and, in some ways, it does. The sport tweaked front struts and rear multi-link suspension does an excellent job keeping things tight and controlled. Although the steering wasn’t sloppy, there wasn’t any road feel through it. Oh well, at least it has a little sport in it. Overall, the cabin was also a peaceful place for running errands.

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2021 Honda Passport - hondanews.com
2021 Honda Passport - hondanews.com

Others may complain about how light the steering is, but we feel that it transforms the Passport while driving. You can forget the conservative look of the exterior when experiencing the precise turn into a corner. The steering feels the same as in any other Honda and so does the suspension. We didn’t think we would say this, but the Passport drives better than the Blazer.

Blazer vs. Passport – Trims

Blazer

The 2021 Chevy Blazer has six trim levels available for your consumption.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer L - carsforsale.com
2021 Chevrolet Blazer L - carsforsale.com

L– $28,800

You get a rearview camera, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, power accessories, and dual-zone climate control.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer 1LT - carsforsale.com
2021 Chevrolet Blazer 1LT - carsforsale.com

1LT – $32,300

Adds an eight-way driver’s seat and provides you more options to choose from.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer 2LT - carsforsale.com
2021 Chevrolet Blazer 2LT - carsforsale.com

2LT – $33,100

The advanced safety features become standard from here on up, like forward collision mitigation, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer 3LT - carsforsale.com
2021 Chevrolet Blazer 3LT - carsforsale.com

3LT – $37,300

Adds remote start, a six-way power passenger seat, front seat heating, leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and more safety features:  blind-spot monitoring, lane change alert, rear park assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS - carsforsale.com
2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS - carsforsale.com

RS – $40,800

Adds an eight-inch driver-information center, 120-volt power outlet, and more options to choose from.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer Premier - carsforsale.com
2021 Chevrolet Blazer Premier - carsforsale.com

Premier

$42,500 – Includes ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats and power tilt-and-telescoping steering column.

Passport

The 2021 Honda Passport has four trim levels. Every Passport has collision mitigation braking, road departure assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. EX-L models and up add blind-spot monitoring and all models get auto high beam headlights.

2021 Honda Passport Sport - carsforsale.com
2021 Honda Passport Sport - carsforsale.com

SPORT– $32,790

Nicely equipped with Intelligent Traction Management, Honda Sensing safety suite and Apple CarPlay integration.

2021 Honda Passport EX-L - carsforsale.com
2021 Honda Passport EX-L - carsforsale.com

EX-L– $‎36,810

Adds leather-trimmed seats, one-touch power moonroof and heated front seats

2021 Honda Passport Touring - carsforsale.com
2021 Honda Passport Touring - carsforsale.com

Touring– $‎39,680

Honda-Free power tailgate, a navigation system, premium audio system and parking sensors.

2021 Honda Passport Elite - carsforsale.com
2021 Honda Passport Elite - carsforsale.com

Elite– $‎44,180

Equipped with a wireless phone charger, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers.

Blazer vs. Passport – Curb Appeal

2021 Chevrolet Blazer - chevrolet.com
2021 Chevrolet Blazer - chevrolet.com

The big difference between the 2021 Honda Passport and 2021 Chevrolet Blazer has to do with how they look. The Blazer looks modern and sporty, and the Honda is frumpy and blocky. On the inside is the same story. For our eyes, though, we like the sporty elegance of the Blazer. It has the raw curb appeal that the Honda’s missing. With the Passport due for an update sometime soon, we hope that Honda builds a stunner. They’ve done well with their cars, but SUV owners need love too. If Honda doesn’t give it to them, buyers will go somewhere else regardless of the resale values.

2021 Honda Passport - hondanews.com
2021 Honda Passport - hondanews.com

If you want what’s next, you should go with the Blazer RS. It’s an excellent combination of utility and sport for a reasonable price. The quality of materials inside rivals more expensive SUVs and the Camaro inspired exterior wins us over. The Honda Passport is a reliable, quick, and trouble-free SUV, yet it’s styled like the SUV version of a minivan and carries that same boring nature. Once Honda updates the design for their Passport, then we’ll have a real race.

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Steven Mitchell
Steven Mitchell

Steve's first car had pedals, and he's been filled with passion for four wheels ever since. He lives and breathes the car life as a technologist, futurist, and writer while keeping up with the whys, hows, and plans of the automotive industry. His automotive journey began with a fully restored Triumph TR3b that he sadly never appreciated until decades later. Ownerships of X-1/9's, BMW's, an SVT and a Dodge Ram Hemi have given way to the house of Audi Sport. You'll also find him as an endurance athlete on the bike in SoCal, but you'll know he's thinking about cars.

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