2022 Honda Passport Getting Over $5k Price Increase

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, Automotive Editor - December 7, 2021

Honda made quite a lot of changes to the Passport for the 2022 model year. The two-row midsize SUV arrives with a more rugged design, a reworked lineup, and a new TrailSport trim. The changes result in a much higher starting point than last year, as pricing for the 2022 Honda Passport has gone up by $5,080.

The main reason for the increase is the 2022 Passport’s revised lineup. The Passport will be available in EX-L, TrailSport, and Elite trims. Compared to last year, Honda has gotten rid of the entry-level Sport and mid-level Touring trim. Last year, the Sport started at $34,015 (with destination), while the 2022 Passport’s EX-L trim starts at $39,095. Comparing last year’s EX-L trim to the 2022 model’s reveals a price increase of$1,060. That’s not a small amount, but it’s more in line with what we expected to see for an update. The range-topping Elite costs $46,665, more than last year by $1,260.

For the money, buyers are getting a more rugged Passport. The midsize SUV features a new hood, an updated grille, a revised front bumper, and updated front fenders. At the back of the SUV, the Passport now wears an updated rear bumper and sports larger exhaust outlets. The interior gets a modest upgrade with a revised dashboard and instrument cluster.

We suspect that Honda discontinued last year’s Sport trim because it probably found that a lot of consumers were buying the EX-L. For 2022, the EX-L continues to be the sweet spot in the lineup, coming with leather upholstery, a power moonroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, blind-spot monitoring, and parking sensors. All Passports continue to come with an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Passport continues to come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s rated at 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard on the EX-L, but not on the TrailSport and Elite. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard with the Passport.

We saw Honda do something similar with the 2022 Pilot. The other midsize SUV, which is available with three rows of seating, saw the previous entry-level LX trim be replaced with a new Sport trim. The change resulted in a $4,280 increase in pricing, bringing the 2022 Pilot’s starting price up to $38,055. While the Passport and Pilot share a lot of the same components and features, the two-row Passport is $1,040 more.

This might throw some passengers for a loop. The Pilot is the more versatile choice, since it comes with three rows of seating, and is nearly as well-equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen, smartphone compatibility, the HondaSensing suite of safety features, blind-spot monitoring, tri-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats. For most people, the Pilot’s lower price tag and third row of seats make it a better option. Consumers that are interested in going off-roading and want a more rugged design, however, will find the Passport to be a good fit.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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