Honda's newest SUV recreates a famous name. Yes, the passport is back, and after the introduction at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2018, it will hit American showrooms early next year.
Passes on Honda's Global Light Truck platform, the same as supporting the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup truck. It also uses the same V6 engine as its platform mate: a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-meter torque, paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Both front and all-wheel drive will be available, the latter using Honda's four-mode pull control system for improved flawless and offroad performance.
On behalf of off-road looks ready to hit the trails. Well-known design signals clearly show this SUV ratio to Pilot and Ridgeline, but the passport stands apart with a higher driving height, shorter rear suspension and standard 20-inch wheels.
With all-wheel drive, said Honda Passport can draw up to 5000 pounds, which is enough for a small boat or camper, or a pair of jet skis. For all your hashtag active lifestyles, Honda will launch a complete catalog of passport-specific accessories, including roof boxes; bike, kayak and ski lifts; and even weatherproof covers for different parts of the cabin.
The suit will be offered in Sport, EX-L, Touring and Elite trims, with cloth or leather coatings, and what Honda claims is leading passenger and loading. With the rear seats erect, Passport provides 41.2 cubic meters of load, expanding to 77.9 with them folded.
On the infotainment front, the exclusive Passport trims feature an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a 7-inch TFT gauge cluster display similar to what we've seen in Pilot and Ridgeline. Other available niches include wireless charging, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and built-in navigation.
Each Passport will be equipped with the Honda Sensing package with safety technology. Honda Sensing bunts, airbag limitation, forward flight warning, reversal limitation, lane failure alert, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. If it still is not enough to give you a good peace of mind, higher Passport trim levels will come with blind spot monitoring, reverse cross traffic detection and parking sensors.
Given American buyer's appetite for all things SUV, Honda is smart to add a new utility vehicle to its US range. Additionally, it's cool to see– certainly appropriate, given the Passport's main rival, Chevy Blazer. Honda's new SUV battles between the compact CR-V and medium-sized pilot when it goes on sale early next year and should be appropriately priced between the two. Stay up to date on our first drive to the 2019 Honda Passport early next year.