We think Goldilocks would agree that the all-new Honda Passport is sized “just right!” It’s smaller than the three-row Honda Pilot and larger than the CR-V sport utility vehicles. Finished with carpooling, Goldilocks is ready to downsize to a more nimble, luxurious ride that’s all about her!
In side-by-side comparisons with other mid-size SUV’s, Car and Driver Magazine found the new Passport to be the Best Mid-size, two seat SUV on the market today. The redesigned Passport is luxurious and comfortable, yet rugged enough for outdoor adventures. With the largest cargo space among its competitors, it is an impressive SUV that’s equally at home tooling around town, cruising the highways and exploring the vast outdoors.
Engines, Ride and Handling
The Passport is powered by the same powerful 280-hp 3.5-liter, V-6 and nine-speed, automatic transmission found in the Pilot. Front-wheel drive is standard on three Passport models, with all-wheel-drive (AWD) standard in the Elite model for sand, snow and mud terrains. It rides higher off the ground than the Pilot and can capably tow 3,500 to 5,000 pounds with optional AWD and tow packages. It’s a dream to drive!
Interior and Technology
The Passport has an extra spacious, well-appointed interior with up to 77.9 of rear cargo space and hidden bins that make use of every inch. Front row, power adjustable Captain’s chairs have adjustable armrests for a conforming fit. Back seat passengers will enjoy nearly as much leg, shoulder, hip and elbow room as front seat passengers with 60/40 quick-folding seats for flexible passenger/cargo configurations. Three sets of car seat latches keep children secure and optional second row window shades keep bright sun outside.
The Honda Passport Sport features an infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a seven-speaker sound system. As you move up in trim levels, you’ll find a wide array of technology, comfort and safety options like leather seating, hands-free power tailgate, power moon roof, and heated and cooled seats, with upgraded mirrors, seats, wipers, larger infotainment system with navigation, audio output, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and cloud-based, remote app services.
It is looks a lot like the Honda Pilot, except for its shorter, tidier back end. Higher trim Passports look a little more rugged with more cladding, black grille, wheels, and front bumper, and extra black detailing. LED headlights, fog lights, taillights, and daytime running lights are standard, as are beefy 20” alloy wheels.
All Passports come standard with a suite of driver-assistance tools that include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure and lane keep steering assists, child-proof auto door locks, and multi-angle backup camera often found only on higher trim levels of competitors. Front, side and overhead airbags and seatbelt tensioners protect occupants in front, side and rollover accidents. Full-LED exterior lighting is standard, along with push-button start and keyless entry. Safety features on higher trim models include walk away auto locks, dynamic lines for the backup camera, a blind spot warning system, cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.
To get the whole scoop on the new Passport, see https://hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/passport/releases/2019-honda-passport-press-kit#Safety.
The Passport is the best combination of utility and driving pleasure, and it also comes with a reasonable price tag. Brandon Honda has 17 new Honda Passports in stock for immediate delivery with a variety of trim levels, options and colors. https://www.brandonhonda.com/inventory?condition=&year=&make=&model=Passport&standardbody=&type=new