2019 Honda Passport
After a little teasing, Honda has officially revealed the resurrected 2019 Honda Passport. Gone are the days of the clunky Isuzu-based Passport as this new take on the classic nameplate ushers in a more refined look and feel with a bit of an off-road attitude the brand has lacked.
A quick look at the new Honda Passport, and it’s clear Honda based this two-row crossover on its existing three-row Pilot. While it shares the Pilot’s 111-inch wheelbase, the Passport’s body is 6 inches shorter from nose to tail and rides 0.5 to 1.1 inches higher off the ground. The latter is the first evidence of its adventure-seeking personality.
The 2019 Honda Passport will arrive atop a set of standard 20-inch wheels and boasting a floating C-pillar, a matte-black grille, and aggressive wheel arches to further give away its more fun-loving ways. The 2019 Passport’s interior exposes its Pilot roots as its dash is virtually a carbon copy of the Pilot’s. That said, if this new crossover will crib an interior design, the Pilot’s comfy and stylish cabin is certainly not a bad choice.
Like its Pilot sibling, new Honda Passport will roll in boasting all the room any buyer would need and tons of tech. The latter will include a standard 215-watt audio system with six speakers and a subwoofer, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, and more. There will also be loads of tech options to pick from like an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker audio system, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
In a class filled with standard four-cylinder engines, the car will stand out with its standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that cranks out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This power will flow through Honda’s revised nine-speed automatic transmission and out to the front wheels as standard. With the Passport’s optional all-wheel drive, up to 70 percent of the engine’s power can head to the rear wheels, and the system can ship 100 percent of that power can head to either the left or right wheel for enhanced traction and stability.
This new Honda will also boast a respectable tow rating. With front-wheel drive, it can tote around a 3,500-pound trailer. Add all-wheel drive to the mix, and the towing capacity jumps to 5,000 pounds.
Safety Features for 2019 Passport
The current Honda Pilot is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, so we expect the Passport hold the same rating. It will feature plenty of advanced safety equipment to get the job done, including standard automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, road-departure mitigation, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. It also includes Honda’s multi-angle rearview camera with an overhead bird’s-eye view.
Pricing & Release Date.
Honda hasn’t released an official on-sale date for car but it says this new two-row crossover will hit showrooms in early 2019. This Passport 2019 will sit between the Pilot and CR-V, so expect its pricing to fall in the narrow gap between them. This would put its price range somewhere around $28,000 to $42,000.
This new SUV from Honda will compete with the Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Forester, and Jeep Cherokee.