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2019 Honda Passport: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - August 21, 2018

Model Preview

Honda made its foray into the world of SUVs in 1994 with the launch of the Passport. Honda was not prepared to manufacture SUVs from start to finish at that time, so it based the Passport on the existing Isuzu Rodeo. Now well-established in the crossover segment, Honda looks to revive the Passport nameplate, and we have some initial details on this upcoming crossover. Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Honda Passport.

While the details are still preliminary and unconfirmed, we expect the Passport to hit showrooms slotted between the CR-V and Pilot. Reports indicate it will be about 6 inches shorter than the Pilot, putting it on the smaller side of the midsize class. The specifics on its design are not available yet, but we expect styling cues from the CR-V and Pilot.

Because the Passport’s launch comes on the heels of dealerships clamoring for a near-premium crossover to rival the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge, we expect the Pilot’s interior to boast plenty of upscale features and options on higher trims. We expect no surprises in terms of interior design, as it will include all the standard looks we expect from the Honda Pilot and CR-V.

We expect the 2019 Honda Passport to ride atop a shortened version of the Pilot’s platform. This means it will likely feature the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine as its larger platform-mate. In the Pilot, this 3.5-liter V6 injects 280 horsepower, but Honda may detune it a bit to put separation between the Passport and its larger sibling.

It is way too early to put a safety rating on the 2019 Honda Passport, but being based on the Pilot’s underpinnings gives us an idea of what to expect. The Pilot is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, so it’s safe to expect a similar rating for the Passport, given it has similar safety features like available automatic emergency braking.

Pricing & Release Date

We expect to see the 2019 Passport’s in-the-metal debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2018.

Official pricing will not be available for a while, but with the Passport expected to split the difference between the CR-V and Pilot, we anticipate a base price between $25,245 and $32,445 (destination fees included).

The 2019 Honda Passport will compete with the Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

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