MPG

Q3

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

19 city/27 hwy

Passport

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q3’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Passport:

Q3

Passport

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

The Q3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Passport are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

The Q3’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Passport Touring/Elite’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Q3’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Passport AWD’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.3 feet). The Q3’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Passport’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

The Q3 is 1 foot, 1.9 inches shorter than the Passport, making the Q3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Q3 is 5.8 inches narrower than the Passport, making the Q3 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The Q3 is 7.5 inches shorter in height than the Passport, making the Q3 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Servicing Ease

The Q3 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Passport uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Honda. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 42% lower rating, Honda is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Q3 and the Passport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Q3 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Passport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Q3’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Passport’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Q3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Passport’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Q3’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite.

The Q3’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Passport’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

The Q3 Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Passport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports? recommends both the Audi Q3 and the Honda Passport, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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