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Top Features of Base Model
- Utility balanced between people and cargo
- Good urban/suburban vehicle
- Honda reliability and durability
- Intuitive, welcoming interior
- Well-equipped with standard features
- All new, so has very latest tech and safety features
Honda Passport: Everything You Need to Know
About the Honda Passport:
The Honda Passport slots above the Honda CR-V and below the Pilot in Honda’s showroom. The Alabama-built Passport has four doors and comfortably seats five people with generous cargo space. It is oriented toward smaller households and provides a more personal ownership experience than the Pilot. Its moderate off-road capability will also suit adventure-oriented buyers.
The only engine available in the Passport is a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It’s accompanied by a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive a $1,900 option on all but the highest Elite trim. There are eight different exterior colors but only two interior colors, gray and black.
What’s New in the Current 2019 Honda Passport?
The 2019 Honda Passport is a brand-new vehicle for Honda. There was a Passport model from the mid-1990s until 2001, but that was a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo. This Passport is all Honda and new from the ground up.
What Does the 2019 Honda Passport Compete With?
Buyers would be wise to shop around, as there are plenty of choices in the two-row SUV class. Competition is increasing, so models are being refreshed at a furious rate. Shop the Honda Passport against these vehicles:
Spend time comparing standard features with those that are extra-cost options. We recommend focusing on the middle trim level, as it’s generally a good value and comes with a lot of useful features. Bump up to higher trims for some extra comfort, fancy new driver-assist features, and a full suite of tech.
Exterior Design of the 2019 Honda Passport
The Honda Passport is a handsome, understated design. It’s not necessarily going to turn heads, but it will age well. The Passport has classic proportions with tall doors and narrow windows. Visibility is good for all occupants, and the front pillars do not encroach on the view forward. The Passport has an athletic look with a floating roof, wide track, and black-out exterior accents.
The front of the Passport features the dramatic Honda grille, similar to its bigger sibling, the Pilot. Black rims are available, furthering the sinister look. Twenty-inch wheels are standard on the Passport.
The Touring and Elite versions feature a hands-free power tailgate, front and rear sensors, and LED headlights with automatic on/off.
Interior Style in the 2019 Honda Passport
Like the exterior, the interior of the Passport is good-looking if not the most exciting. There’s a fair amount of hard plastic, shiny piano black, and matte durable materials. This look fits the rugged, go-anywhere image Honda developed for the Passport.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel controls are logically placed. The center console is easily accessible to all occupants. There are two cupholders in the middle close to the gear selector, which could be messy should a drink topple over. The storage compartment in the middle is generously sized and has two USB ports.
The touchscreen infotainment system is oriented toward the entire vehicle so even rear-seat occupants can see what’s on the screen. The second row gets two USB charging ports in the EX-L trim and above. A 115-volt power outlet and rear climate controls are standard on Touring and Elite trims. Equipment varies by trim level, so do your research.
Technology: (What Technology Comes in the 2019 Honda Passport?)
Honda’s HandsFreeLink Bluetooth and streaming audio are available on all trims. All but the base Sport trim offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Touring and Elite trims include mobile hotspot capability and satellite-linked navigation system. The top-of-the-line Elite adds a convenient wireless phone charger for the front cabin occupants. In testing, this charger worked well for both Android and iPhone users, fitting a wide range of phone sizes.
What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 Honda Passport?
All versions of the Passport come with Honda Sensing, the automaker’s latest driver-assistance and safety package. Honda Sensing includes lane-keep assist, road-departure mitigation, forward-collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. All but the base model also have auto high-beam headlights and blind-spot warning with cross-traffic monitor.
Daytime running lights and a multi-angle rearview camera come on all trims. There’s an array of airbags standard, as well as the LATCH system for child car seats.
What is the 2019 Honda Passport Like to drive?
The Passport is equipped with Honda’s reliable 3.5-liter V-6, also found in the Pilot and Ridgeline. While this is a trusty engine for Honda, it puts the Passport square in the middle of its competitors from a performance aspect. The Ford Edge ST’s V6 turbo has more power and torque, followed by the Chevrolet Blazer and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Passport does beat out the Nissan Murano and Hyundai Santa Fe for get-up-and-go.
The Passport is a very good, steady daily driver. The V-6 feels a bit underpowered at times, requiring full pressure on the accelerator to get going. It can feel heavy entering the highway, but it’s fine cruising around town. Some sources report that the Passport does 0-60 MPH in 5.8 seconds, but it didn’t feel like it on the road.
The AWD Passport’s ground clearance of 8.1 inches (7.4 inches in front-wheel drive versions) is only slightly below its rival, the Grand Cherokee, at 8.5 inches. This ride height contributes to the athletic look, but it can make it a bit difficult for smaller occupants to get in and out of the vehicle.
There are four drive settings available through the Passport’s Variable Torque Management system: normal, sand, snow, and mud. Selection requires toggling through the on-screen menu, clumsy for on-the-fly changes. A knob or push-button would make for faster adjustments. Maximum towing capacity is a useful 5,000 pounds with AWD.
The Passport is equipped with stop-start technology for improved fuel economy. This system was largely transparent to the driver at lights and in heavy traffic. Fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with FWD, but we averaged 26.7 mpg on an 80-mile drive of mostly highway. Choosing AWD will drop the ratings by one mpg.
The ride is comfortable and the steering sure and responsive. While it’s not a sports car by any means, the Passport handles twists and turns well. Overall, it’s a nimble, smart driving experience.
Should I Buy a Current 2019 Honda Passport?
The Passport deserves consideration if you’re in the market for a five-seat SUV designed for practical daily use but with some off-road capability. It has flexible seating and cargo areas with plenty of utility in a midsize package. The Passport feels more personal than the Pilot, which is more of a family vehicle.
Should I Buy a Used 2019 Honda Passport? Are There Any I Should Avoid?
The Honda Passport is a brand-new vehicle, so there will not be very many used examples on the market yet. Check your local dealer for test vehicles, though.
How Much Does the New 2019 Honda Passport Cost?
The 2019 Honda Passport starts at $33,035 for the base Sport trim. The EX-L starts at $37,455. The EX-L adds nice features like a one-touch power moonroof, leather-trimmed seats, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.
Prices for the Touring begin at $40,325. Heated front and rear seats, hands-free power tailgate, navigation, a premium audio system, and more are standard. The Elite starts at $44,725. It comes with all-wheel-drive standard, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, wireless phone charger, and more.
All prices include a destination charge of $1,045.
There are a variety of option packages available for the Passport. The Adventure Package in A, B, or C configurations ranges in price from $900 to $2,851. The Urban Package A, B, or C goes for $1,449 up to $3,856 and adds cosmetic underbody spoilers and welcoming lights, among other features.
Pros and Cons of the 2019 Honda Passport
- Handsome proportions
- Roomy interior
- Plenty of functionality and utility
- Just-right size for urban or suburban living
- Fits a wide range of households and lifestyles
- Underwhelming looks in certain colors
- Only two choices of interior colors
- Can start to get pricy at higher trims
- Engine can feel underpowered at full throttle
The History of the Honda Passport: One Year of the Passport
The original Honda Passport, available from 1993 to 2001, is nothing like this current model. The first Passport was the result of a partnership between Honda and Isuzu and was essentially a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo. Built in Lafayette, Indiana, this Passport provided Honda with a much-needed midsize SUV.
The all-new 2019 Passport meets a similar need, but this one is all Honda all the time. It’s based on the highly successful Honda Pilot and shares a lot of the same components and features. The new Passport is more adventure-oriented than family-oriented. That should suit buyers looking to head off the beaten path, as well as those who need daily transportation.
Specs & Key Features of the 2019 Honda Passport
- Body Style
- Sport Utility
- 3.5L V6 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC
- 280 hp
- 9-Speed Automatic
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Front Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Back Up Camera
- Cruise Control
- LCD Monitor
- LED Lights
- Lane Departure Warning
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 3.5L V6 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC
- Transmission: 9-Speed Automatic -inc: Shift-By-Wire (SBW) and paddle shifters
- 4.334 Axle Ratio
- GVWR: TBD
- Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
- Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
- Front-Wheel Drive
- Battery w/Run Down Protection
- Towing Equipment -inc: Trailer Sway Control
- 1 Skid Plate
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 19.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
- Wheels: 20" Split-Spoke Gloss Black Alloy
- Tires: 245/50R20 102H AS
- Steel Spare Wheel
- Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
- Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
- Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
- Body-Colored Door Handles
- Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
- Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
- Deep Tinted Glass
- Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
- Lip Spoiler
- Black Grille
- Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
- Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
- Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Led Low Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Front Fog Lamps
- LED Brakelights
- Radio: 215-Watt Audio System w/7 Speakers -inc: subwoofer, 5" color LCD screen, 1.0-amp USB audio interface in center console, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth streaming audio, MP3/auxiliary input jack in center console, Radio Data System (RDS), Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC), 2.5-amp USB charging port in center console and 12-volt power outlets in front and center console
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Voice Activation
- Fixed Antenna
- 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
- Front Bucket Seats -inc: head restraints at all seating positions
- 4-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
- 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
- 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
- Front Cupholder
- Rear Cupholder
- Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
- Valet Function
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
- Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
- Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
- Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
- Illuminated Locking Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Cloth Door Trim Insert
- Cloth Seat Trim
- Day-Night Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and Conversation Mirror
- Front And Rear Map Lights
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
- Carpet Floor Trim
- Cargo Area Concealed Storage
- Cargo Space Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Remote Engine Start
- Instrument Panel Bin, Interior Concealed Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks
- Systems Monitor
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Digital/Analog Display
- Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
- Driver And Front Passenger Armrests Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
- 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
- Perimeter Alarm
- Engine Immobilizer
- Air Filtration
- VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) + FCW
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Lane Keeping Assist
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Lane Departure Warning
- Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Rear Child Safety Locks
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
- Back-Up Camera