Cargo Space Over A Third Row. The 2022 Honda Passport is a midsize SUV that seats up to five people across two rows. While that gives the Passport less versatility than others in the segment that can seat up to eight or seven, it lets the SUV focus on having an expansive cargo area.

With the rear seats in place, the Passport offers 41.2 cubic feet of cargo space. In total, the Passport has up to 77.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. That’s one of the largest figures of any two-row SUV.

Additionally, without having to squeeze three rows of seats into a midsize body, the Passport has roomy seating for all five passengers. Honda fits the Passport with supportive, well-cushioned seats that remain comfortable during a long road trip. Passengers will find a large amount of headroom and legroom in both rows, while the cabin remains quiet at highway speeds.

The issue with the Passport is that its interior offers roughly the same amount of space as the smaller and cheaper Honda CR-V. The Passport doesn’t have the same high-quality materials or striking design as other options in the segment, too.

Brimming With Safety Features. Honda offers nearly every advanced safety feature imaginable with the Passport. Furthermore, all of these features come standard on the midsize SUV. Even things like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control, which are usually optional, are standard on the Passport. This is hugely impressive.

In crash-testing, the Passport earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS hasn’t fully crash-tested the 2022 model yet, but the 2021 model missed out on an award because of its “Acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test and “Acceptable” rated headlights.

Composed On-Road Performance. While the Passport has a rugged design, the midsize SUV is at its best when it’s on-road. Unlike other midsize SUVs in the class, the Passport features a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s rated at 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That’s above average for the segment and plenty of grunt for a vehicle of this size.

Where the Passport really shines is on the highway. With a smooth ride and powerful V6 engine, the SUV is a skilled highway cruiser. Around corners, the Passport also offers better handling than the majority of its classmates with well-weighted steering and limited body roll. For shoppers that never plan to take the Passport off-road, the SUV will continually impress.

The nine-speed automatic transmission can be slow at times to deliver downshifts, but this isn’t a large issue if you spend the majority of your time driving on the highway or on curvy backroads.

Not As Rugged As Advertised. From the outside, the Passport looks like it’s ready to tackle some serious terrain. It has beefy body cladding, a chunky grille, and tough bumpers. The SUV also has 8.1 inches of ground clearance for models with all-wheel drive (AWD) and a few off-driving modes to choose from. But the Passport is missing a few features, like a transfer case, a four-wheel-drive system, lockable axles, and heavy-duty skid plates to be a true off-roader.

For the 2022 model year, Honda has introduced a new TrailSport trim for the Passport lineup. The SUV is supposed to be the most rugged offering of the bunch, but is more of a good-looking body kit. It adds 18-inch wheels, upgraded tires, orange accents, a special grille, and a wider track. Without any serious upgrades to the suspension, powertrain, and AWD system, the TrailSport isn’t a vehicle we recommend for people that want to hit the trails.

Final Thoughts. People are going to be drawn to the 2022 Honda Passport because of its advertised off-roading capability. Unfortunately, its so-so off-roading capability is a disappointment. Instead, it’s a spacious, comfortable, and well-equipped SUV that’s practical.

For a true midsize SUV that can go off-roading, you’ll want to check out the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Not only can the Grand Cherokee go off-roading, but it has an upscale cabin, a premium design, and an available V8 engine. It also has more impressive tech features than the Passport.

The Hyundai Santa Fe isn’t as powerful as the Passport, but it’s available with fuel-efficient powertrains, has a comfortable ride, is a strong value option, and is available with high-tech features. It’s just as practical and comfortable as the Passport without the faux ruggedness.

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