2019 Passport Preview


The automotive world is excited about the rebirth of the Honda Passport, which debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. This is not the original Honda Passport, which emerged in 1993 as a fraternal twin to the Isuzu Rodeo and represented Honda's initial entry into the sport-utility vehicle market. This all-new Passport is great-looking, robust enough for off-roading, and full of the modern technology and safety features that today's buyers want and demand.

The five-passenger 2019 Honda Passport slots between the CR-V compact crossover and the seven-passenger Pilot but has higher ground clearance than both. It's a space leader in its class, offering 115.9 cubic feet for passengers and up to 77.9 cubic feet for cargo (when the 60/40-split rear seat is folded down). With an MSRP starting around $30,000, it's ready to grab a considerable share of the crossover and SUV market, competing with rivals such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Edge, and Nissan Murano. It was domestically designed and is being built in Alabama.


Standard Equipment

All trims (Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite) of the '19 Passport will be powered by a 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 - the same engine that's in the Pilot - paired to a nine-speed transmission, with push gear selector and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. All-wheel drive (specifically i-VTM4 Torque-Vectoring AWD) is standard on the Elite trim and available on the others. Intelligent Traction Management with individual modes for snow, sand, and mud is also available, but those who don't opt for AWD will still get the selector to go into snow mode. The rugged reborn Passport will pull up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped with AWD; the front-wheel-drive models will max out at 3,500 pounds on the trailer.

Other standard features are 20-inch wheels (either black or silver, depending on the trim level), keyless entry, push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver's seat, and LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights. The EX-L, Touring, and Elite trims ramp up their standard equipment, with a power passenger seat, power tailgate, sunroof, and leather upholstery (with the front seats heated). The Elite is further loaded with wireless device charging, a heated steering wheel, heated/ventilated front seats, and auto-dimming side mirrors.

Honda is making two optional appearance packages available. The Adventure Package will have roof crossbars, larger fender flares, a trailer hitch, and all-weather floor mats, and the Urban Package will include package-specific wheels, a removable/washable cargo tray. All trims have a handy storage area, complete with bins for organization, hidden under the cargo-area floor.


Safety and Technology Features

The Honda Sensing suite of active safety technology comes standard on all trims to mitigate crashes and keep occupants as safe as possible. This package consists of forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigating braking, road departure mitigation, and lane keeping assist. All trims except the base Sport also get a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.

The instrument cluster in the new Passport is set in a 7-inch screen, and the Android-based infotainment system has a 5-inch touchscreen on the Sport trim and an 8-inch touchscreen on the higher trims. The system is also compatible with Apple CarPlay; the two highest trims receive navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and an upgraded audio system with ten speakers.

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