Given that we’re in the midst of a giant crossover boom, it shouldn’t come as a surprise the Honda Passport is returning to showrooms. While previous generations of the Passport were actually rebadged Isuzu Rodeos, the one that’ll be arriving at your local AutoNation dealer will be a Honda through and through.
We’ll be getting a full review up as soon as they start hitting the press fleets, but until then, we’ve got all the relevant details below.
Size-wise, the 2019 Passport is be smaller than the current Pilot, but bigger than the CR-V, and will seat five passengers. Power comes from a V6 packing 280-horsepower V6 and 262 lb-ft. of torque mated to a 9-speed automatic. In the press release, Honda is promising “robust” off-road capabilities from the available all-wheel drive system, which will have settings for snow, sand, and mud.
To make sure the Passport will be able to handle all your toys, front-wheel drive models will be able to tow 3,500 pounds, while all-wheel drive versions will be able to handle 5,000 pounds.
One standard feature that’s sure to stand out for safety-conscious buyers is the Honda Sensing suite of driver aids, which includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System featuring Forward Collison Warning, Road Departure Mitigation including Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assistance System, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
And while the best accident is the one you avoid, Honda expects the Passport to score a 5-Star Safety rating, just like the rest of the company’s 2019 lineup.
Of course, you’ll have plenty of options to configure your Passport. Here’s a full breakdown the available trims, straight from the official press release:
Passport will be offered in four trims: the well-appointed Sport, upgraded EX-L, high-tech Touring, and the fully equipped Elite. All models except the line-topping Elite can be configured with 2- or all-wheel drive – all Elite trims come standard with all-wheel drive. All trims will feature 20-inch alloy wheels and tires, the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology, LED headlights, fog lights, taillights and DRLs, Smart Start and Smart Entry and three-zone automatic climate control. EX-L and higher trims utilize Honda’s latest Display Audio interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, a physical volume knob and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Check out the video and pictures below, and if you like what you see, check in with your local AutoNation Honda dealer to see about a test drive.