For those who were born before 1990, the Honda Passport will sound like an old forgotten friend. It was originally produced between 1993 and 2002 and had a lot of fans. If it were a wrestler, then it would be Chris Jericho because he was the cool kid of the new millennium. The new Passport is a 2-row SUV that can carry five passengers. The Passport is the perfect vehicle for the mid-size family especially if you feel that the three-row Pilot is bigger than you’d like or that the CR-V is too small. In Honda's minds, the Passport is the ultimate CUV for daily needs. It will fit your kids, your pets, and a few hundred dollars worth of groceries in the trunk. And it doesn't skimp on the quality ride. It will face off against competitors like Nissan Murano and Ford Edge. The new vehicle is all-Honda, but the original 90s version was a combination of Isuzu and Honda. When the manufacturer launched it in last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, they wanted it to establish itself as the best pick for both adventurers and families.
Which engine drives it?
This midsize SUV uses the same engine as the Honda Pilot, a 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers 262 pound-feet of torque and 280 horsepower. It comes with an optional all-wheel drive system, standard front-wheel drive and in addition to this, the engine is complimented by a nine-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle offers a superior motor combination thanks to its nine-speed setup and V6 engine. The new Passport is likely to offer better acceleration than the Honda Pilot because it weighs less.
Will I break the bank to drive it?
For a long time, the Japanese manufacturer remained mum about the prices of the new Honda Passport and this fueled some rumors which claimed that it might have an approximate price of $30,000, just like the last CR-V and Pilot. However, we can now confirm the official price of this vehicle; the base Sport trim will cost $33,035 while the all-wheel-drive Elite trim will begin at $44,725. It will be available for sale in 2019.
What driving experience does the Honda Passport offer?
The Passport offers a wonderful driving experience that will leave you feeling like you’re floating in the clouds with the Flinstones. The new Passport boasts of having a precise and communicative steering that is sportier than that of the Pilot. The reinforced unibody SUV offers linear power delivery thanks to the smooth shifts of the 9-speed automatic transmission. It can tow up to 5,000 or 3,500 pounds for all-wheel and front- drive versions. In addition to this, you’ll enjoy your drive in a quiet cabin.
Should I feel safe in the new Passport?
Yes, you should feel safe in the Passport because it brings a wide set of safety features. It comes with some very promising features although it is yet to be crash tested by independent and federal testers. When the Passport is finally crashed into walls, we expect it to pass this test just like its big brother the Honda Pilot. The NHTSA is likely to give a five-star general score for the new Passport just like it did for the Pilot; this is because these two vehicles have a similar passenger compartment. Some of the standard safety features include: collision mitigation braking system, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control. You will also get blind-spot monitors for EX-L and higher trims. We are surprised that the Passport lacks an optional surround-view monitor since it has plump dimensions that cannot match with passenger cars. This vehicle has all the goodies of a Top Safety Pick.
What is our verdict about the Honda Passport?
The Honda Passport boasts of many positives like a strong V-6 engine, numerous safety tech features, a spacious interior, decent value and an excellent ride quality. However, it falls short when it comes to its lack of tech features in the base model, some cheap interior bits and an unimpressive fuel economy. We also think that it is unfortunate that it looks too similar to the Pilot. The new Honda Passport is the right vehicle if you want to get rid of the original three-row seats.