The 2019 Honda Passport is the latest SUV from the Japanese automaker, neatly fitting into the lineup between the CR-V and the larger Pilot. It's also aimed at the more adventurous crowd, sporting standard all-wheel drive and a 3.5-liter V6 engine. While it may not be able to climb rocks like a Jeep Wrangler, the Passport's adventurous edge will likely prove appealing to the scores of people drawn to vehicles like the Subaru Forester and Toyota 4Runner.
What's New for 2019
The Honda Passport is a brand-new vehicle.
Choosing Your Honda Passport
All Honda Passports come with the same engine and transmission: a 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. This gives the Passport plenty of grunt for acceleration – making passing a breeze – and allows it to tow up to 3,500 pounds with front-wheel drive or up to 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive.
Honda’s choice to use a V6 over a turbocharged four-cylinder does have some trade-off, though. The Passport only achieves an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 combined, or 19/24/21 mpg (city/highway/combined) with AWD. While smaller engines with less power generally get higher ratings, the Passport’s variable cylinder management program will shut down half of its cylinders when cruising to boost fuel efficiency.
All-wheel drive is available on all trim levels for $1,900, except for the top Elite trim that has it standard. The AWD system uses intelligent torque vectoring with traction management that can be set to specific snow, mud, and sand modes for those particularly difficult surfaces.
Commendably, all trims of the Passport receive Honda Sensing, a suite of advanced driver assist safety features that includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. In many other vehicles, these features are usually expensive options or only available as standard on the highest trim levels.
The Passport sits in an interesting spot in Honda’s lineup. It isn’t exactly compact like the CR-V or HR-V, but it isn’t big enough to be family-oriented like the Pilot. It only has two rows, but the cargo space is more than what you will find in the smaller Honda offerings, with 41 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat and almost 78 cubic feet of room when you fold the second row down.
Honda offers the Passport in four trims:
The best buy feature-wise for the 2019 Honda Passport is undoubtedly the EX-L. It feels substantially more upmarket than the Sport while maintaining a price tag of less than $38,000. We also highly recommend getting a Passport with all-wheel drive. This is a vehicle built for adventure, so get one that's capable of adventuring all over the country.
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