Best Off-Road Crossover for Your Adventures

If you find yourself yearning for exploration off the paved path but still need a practical vehicle for your day to day duties, then choosing a crossover that is capable of off-road travel may be precisely what you need. With the crossover market overflowing with options, it can be difficult to decipher which ones have the chops to take them off-road.
We’ve made it easier to compare the specs of some of the most affordable, popular, all-wheel drive crossover models in the market today. We’ll be comparing the following models to see how they stack up to each other:

  • 2019 Honda Passport Sport AWD
  • 2019 Chevrolet Blazer 2LT AWD
  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T AWD
  • 2019 Subaru Forester Touring [AWD]

Comparison Points:

  • MSRP
  • Cargo Space & Passenger Room
  • Towing Capacity
  • Engine & Power
  • Ground Clearance
  • Track Width

The Points System

  • Each vehicle is awarded points based on the number of competitors that it performed better than.
  • The highest position is awarded 3 points and the lowest is awarded 0 points.
  • For tables that include multiple specifications for each model, each specification column is worth points [unless otherwise noted].
  • The best specification of each column is bolded.

Which Crossover is the Most Affordable?

When shopping for a new vehicle figuring out a budget is typically one of the first steps, which is where we will start. All of these models in consideration for “Best Off-Road Crossover” have an MSRP that is comparable across the board; however, when you start looking at comparably equipped pricing the gaps widen quite a bit.

Off-Road Crossover Model MSRP Comparably Equipped MSRP Points Awarded
2019 Honda Passport Sport AWD $33,890* $34,935* 6
2019 Chevrolet Blazer 2LT AWD $36,000 $39,225 0
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T AWD $35,900 $37,080 2
2019 Subaru Forester Touring $34,295 $35,270 4
  • 2019 Honda Passport Interior Underfloor Storage Compartments

    Cargo Space & Passenger Room
    Leave Nothing Behind

    Taking a backroad into the woods may be the perfect excuse to have some alone time– however, some experiences are made better when you share them with others. Being able to transport your friends and family comfortably, while also having enough space for outdoor toys and other necessities is essential. No one wants to have to decide between leaving a friend behind or leaving the cooler behind, so make sure your off-road capable crossover has room for both.

Off-Road Crossover Model Cargo Volume (Cu. Ft.) Maximum Cargo Volume (Cu. Ft.) Passenger Volume (Cu. Ft.) Points Awarded
2019 Honda Passport Sport AWD 50.5 100.7 115.9 9
2019 Chevrolet Blazer 2LT AWD 30.5 64.2 107.8 0
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T AWD 35.9 71.3 110.7 6
2019 Subaru Forester Touring 33.0 70.9 107.8 2
  • 2019 Honda Passport Exterior Side Angle Mountain Towing

    Towing Capacity
    Bring Your Toys

    Sometimes not all your toys will fit within your crossover, which is why it is so important for your vehicle to be engineered with towing in mind. Whether you are towing a jet ski, side-by-side or something more labor intensive, like a travel trailer or boat, be sure your off-road capable crossover is also capable of towing whatever you need it to.


Off-Road Crossover Model Tow Rating (lbs.) Points Awarded
2019 Honda Passport Sport AWD 5,000 3
2019 Chevrolet Blazer 2LT AWD 4,500 2
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T AWD Not Recommended 0
2019 Subaru Forester Touring 1,500 1
  • 2017 Honda Pilot AWD Engine

    Engine Size & Power
    Because Skill Doesn’t Solve Everything

    Regardless of if you are towing or not– having a crossover that has enough power to traverse mountain passes without the engine working at 110% is a nice touch and something you may not fully appreciate until you experience what it’s like first hand to have a vehicle struggle.
    For how much these crossovers weigh, having an engine that produces over 250 horsepower and torque can help to easily conquer mountain passes at speed and also give you the extra low-end oomph needed to make it up steep inclines.


Off-Road Crossover Model Engine Size^ Horsepower Torque Points Awarded
2019 Honda Passport Sport AWD 3.5-Liter 6-Cylinder 280 262 4
2019 Chevrolet Blazer 2LT AWD 3.6-Liter 6-Cylinder 305 269 6
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T AWD 2.0-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder 235 260 2
2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder 182 176 0

^Points weren’t awarded for the Engine Size column since more liters and cylinders don’t automatically mean that it’s a better engine.

  • Honda Passport off road mountain driving

    Ground Clearance
    No One Likes Scrapes & Bruises

    When traversing off-road, it’s best practice to take the high-road– which means to place rocks and other obstacles under your tires rather than in-between them. However, sometimes that method isn’t feasible– this is where proper ground clearance really comes into play. The more clearance your crossover has, the less likely you are to scrape the undercarriage.


Off-Road Crossover Model Ground Clearance (in.) Points Awarded
2019 Honda Passport Sport AWD 8.1 2
2019 Chevrolet Blazer 2LT AWD 7.4 1
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T AWD 7.3 0
2019 Subaru Forester Touring 8.7 3
  • 2019 Honda Passport Exterior Rear Angle Driver Side Winter

    Track Width
    A Wide Stance Means More Stability

    Track width may not be something that you’ve taken into consideration– however, these dimensions can play a large role, both on and off the pavement. The wider the track is the more stable the vehicle may be. Whether you are going through mountain passes at speed or conquering an impressive angle off-road, stability is a must to keep your crossover from toppling onto its side.


Off-Road Crossover Model Front Track (in.) Rear Track (in.) Points Awarded
2019 Honda Passport Sport AWD 67.0 66.7 6
2019 Chevrolet Blazer 2LT AWD 66.4 66.2 4
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T AWD 64.1 64.5 2
2019 Subaru Forester Touring 61.6 61.8 0

Adding Up the Points

Off-Road Crossover Model Total Points Ranking
2019 Honda Passport Sport AWD 30 1
2019 Chevrolet Blazer 2LT AWD 13 2
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T AWD 12 3
2019 Subaru Forester Touring 10 4

Honda Passport

After evaluating all the data, we believe that the new Honda Passport is one of the best off-road crossovers on the market today. It does have many respectable rivals that can also hold their own when it comes to getting dirty, but the Passport is most definitely worth your consideration.

^2019 Honda Passport shown with aftermarket equipment.

Additional Off-Road Features of the Honda Passport

The Honda Passport crossover was engineered with off-road travel in mind, which is evident when compared to its rivals above. In addition to the previous talking points, the AWD Passport also includes the following traits to help it succeed off road:

  • Intelligent Traction Management
    • Snow, Mud, and Sand modes allow you to dial in settings for maximum performance
  • Limited-Slip Differential
    • Helps to maintain or regain traction in slippery situations
  • Paddle Shifters
    • Allows you to manually choose the gear, which could help when slowly crawling up or down a hill
  • If you need any more convincing, this video from Honda has even more reasons!

The Honda Passport Is Ready For Montana

With space, power, utility, and reliability all in one affordable package, the all-new Honda Passport seems to have been built for the terrain of Montana. From the Beartooth Mountains in the East to Glacier National Park in the West, and the hidden off-road gems that can be found in-between, the Passport meets all of the requirements for outdoor adventure– both on and off-road. Visit a Montana Honda Dealer today to see the aggressively refined nature of the Honda Passport first-hand.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

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