2021 Kia Sorento vs 2021 Honda Passport Comparison in Victoria BC

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2021 Kia Sorento vs 2021 Honda Passport Comparison

The all-new redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento has been turning heads with its sharp and sleek exterior styling and no-nonsense approach to value. A new competitor for the Sorento is the Honda Passport which was introduced in the 2019 model year. This comparison will go in depth to see who has the edge in the mid size SUV market. 


Comparison Chart

Category 2021 Kia Sorento 2021 Honda Passport
Base Price $33,995 – LX+ Trim $43,760 – Sport Trim
Fully Loaded Price $47,495 – SX trim $50,670 – Touring Trim
Number of Trim Levels 6 Trim Levels 3 Trim Levels
Base Engine 2.5L 4 Cylinder Engine that produces 191 HP / 181 Torque 3.5 L V6 Engine that produces 280 HP / 262 Torque
Upgraded Engine 2.5L 4 Cylinder Turbo Engine that produces 281 HP / 311 Torque Not Available
Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Standard Wireless Standard Wired only
Fuel Economy (L/100KM) Base Engine: 10.1 City / 9.2 Highway

Upgraded Engine: 11.1 City / 8.4 Highway

12.5 City / 9.8 Highway
Powertrain Warranty 5 year / 100,000 km 5 year / 100,000 km
Comprehensive Warranty 5 year / 100,000 km 3 year / 60,000 km
Max Seating Capacity 6-7 Passengers 5 Passengers

The first thing you’ll likely notice in this comparison chart is the near $10,000 difference in price for the base models of the Sorento and Passport. Kia’s commitment to affordability across their entire vehicle lineup makes upgrading into a larger vehicle less painful on your bank account. 

For a more fair comparison the Ex+ is $43,995 vs the entry Passport Sport which is $43,760. That means the 2nd highest trim on the Sorento is within hundreds of dollars of the cheapest passport you can get. This makes the comparison of these two trims the closest “apples to apples” comparison you can do between the two vehicles, so what does your money get you when comparing these two trims? 

The EX+ Sorento offers:

  • Leather seats
  • A dash mounted navigation system
  • A power tailgate,
  • A more advanced Forward Collision Avoidance System with pedestrian, bicycle and junction sensing technology. (FCA-JX)

All of these features aren’t offered on the Passport Sport and require you to pay up to the higher trims for them to become available. 


Both the base engine and upgraded engine that is included with all trim X-Line ($39,495) and up have superior fuel economy compared to the Passport. This is possible because of the design decision to use a 4 cylinder engine instead of the V6 included with the passport. The upgraded engine sees all the benefits of the base engine with a turbocharger that makes it one of the most powerful SUVs on the market. An impressive 281 Horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque means power will never be an issue. 


Don’t need all that power? No problem, the base engine produces 191 Horsepower and will see you saving thousands of dollars on both the initial vehicle purchase cost and fuel savings down the line compared to the 6 cylinder Passport. The customization offered by 6 trim levels compared to the 3 offered by Honda means you only pay for what you need. 


Regardless of the trim level that best suits your needs, choosing Kia means you’ll be equipped with incredible warranty coverage. Kia is one of the few manufacturers offering a 5 year / 100,000 km warranty for both powertrain and comprehensive coverage. The Passport will give you similar powertrain coverage but 2 years and 40,000 km less of comprehensive warranty. 

Passenger and Cargo Space

The Honda Passport does boast a slightly larger interior, however upgrading to the mid-trim level X-Line on the Sorento gets you rear captains chairs that provide far more utility and comfort compared to the passport. Check out all the cool features offered by the 2nd row captains chairs and 3rd row seating in this helpful video!


The Verdict

While the Honda Passport offers an impressive amount of standard safety features and is well designed for interior space, The value offered by the redesigned 2021 Sorento propels it far above the Passport. A difference in entry cost of $10,000, less trim and engine options, and being 3 years out from its last full redesign leaves the Passport lacking in comparison to the Sorento. The Sorento’s additional seating capacity, more powerful and efficient top end engine option, better standard warranty and sleek exterior styling make it feel more akin to a luxury SUV without the increased price tag.  

Want to do more research on the 2021 Sorento? Check out our model comparison page that goes through every option and feature on the various trim levels offered. 

Ready for a test drive to feel the difference yourself? Drop by our showroom or contact our sales department to schedule a test drive.