In 2019, Honda revived the Passport as an all-new two-row crossover based on the current-generation three-row Honda Pilot. With this resurrected nameplate entering only its third model year, we expect it to hit showrooms as a carryover model.
Being a carryover model, we expect no notable changes when the 2021 Pilot hits showrooms. We believe it’ll arrive boasting the same Pilot-based looks but with some distinct separation from its donor vehicle. The Passport’s exclusive bits will include a shorter body and wheelbase, revised front and rear fascias, smaller taillights, and a few other nips and tucks that enhance its ruggedness.
We also expect no changes inside the 2021 Honda Passport. We anticipate it rolling in with the same cabin design that virtually mirrors the Pilot, including a four-spoke steering wheel, a dash-wide gloss applique, a push-button transmission, an available 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and more. The only way to differentiate the Passport’s cabin from the Pilot’s is to look in the rear, as the Passport lacks the Pilot’s third-row seat.
Under its hood, we expect the Passport to roll on with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine that’ll pump out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This V6 engine will continue to pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission that ships power to the front wheels or all four wheels with optional all-wheel drive.
Safety is top of mind for Honda, and the current Passport is no exception, as it is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. It earned the IIHS’ second-highest honor with “Good” crash tests in all but the front-passenger small-overlap test, which it received an “Acceptable” rating in. Also helping were its “Acceptable”-rated headlights and “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking. Other standard safety equipment includes active lane control, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control. Buyers can also get blind-spot monitors standard in the EX-L and higher trims. We expect the standard safety gear and ratings to remain the same in the 2021 Passport.
Pricing & Release Date
Honda hasn’t released an official on-sale date for the 2021 Passport, but based on the current model’s release schedule, we expect a late-2020 arrival.
Pricing is also unconfirmed, but with it being a carryover model, we expect it to remain close to the current Passport’s MSRP range of $33,110 to $44,900 (including destination fees).
Pictured: 2019 Honda Passport