On November 27, Honda announced that the Honda Passport would be revived with all new features. Originally introduced in 1993, the Passport was Honda’s first entry into the SUV market. It was a part of a collaboration between Isuzu and Honda, as Honda didn’t have the experience with building an SUV at the time. However, with its revival, Honda has full control over the new model’s design!
From rugged to stylish
When SUVs first came out in the 1990s, there was little variation in design; all sharing a rather rugged look. The Honda Passport steps away from the stereotypical look of an SUV with a sportier design that can fit up to five people. While it’s more compact than the Honda Pilot (6 inches shorter in length), it still has an impressive amount of passenger space (115.9 cubic feet) and 41.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. Once you fold the rear seats down, the Passport has 77.9 cubic feet of cargo room, so you never have to worry about having enough room.
Under the hood
Described as having “the power to tackle terrain,” the Honda Passport is powered by the same 3.5-litre V6 that is offered in the Honda Pilot. With 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, the Honda Passport offers a smooth ride on all types of terrain. In addition to its engine, the Passport shares the all-wheel-drive system with i-VTM4 torque vectoring with the Pilot and Ridgeline. This power allows the Passport to tow at up to 5,000 pounds in AWD.
Your safety comes first
A vehicle’s reliability is an important aspect when searching for a new vehicle. The Honda Passport relies on Honda Sensing to get you to your destination safely. Honda Sensing is Honda’s driver assistance system, which contains a variety of onboard programs including:
- Collision Mitigation Braking
- Forward Collision Warning
- Road Departure Mitigation
- Lane Departure Warning
- Lane Keeping Assistance
- Adaptive Cruise Control
The Passport also has a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, with a driver-selectable overhead “bird’s eye” view that can help keep you and your family safe.
Entertainment for the whole family
With the Passport being discontinued in 2002, the previous model lacked the infotainment system that the new 2019 Passport will have. Since 2002, technology for vehicles has developed beyond a simple cassette system. The new Passport will have the same infotainment system that is present in all other 2019 Honda models. You’ll be able to access Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and listen to your music through the 590-watt, 10-speaker audio system in the Touring and Elite models of the Passport. Also included in the Passport is a seven-inch display that shows a variety of information, such as the navigation system.
There are so many features that we would love to share about the Passport, but we think it’s best that some are kept as a surprise. Let us know what you think about the new Honda Passport! Are you as excited for its return as we are? Or would you rather see an entirely new model from Honda?