A body-on-frame truck? Too much. A plump crossover? Too little. Wat je wilt is iets in tussen. Something that's got a unibody, front- (or available all-wheel) drive, and independent suspension, but also short overhangs and some good off-road modes for the muddy bits. Enter the 2020 Honda Passport.
Yes, the true Honda heads among us may rep the original Honda Passport, which was a Honda-fied version of the Isuzu Rodeo. Men det var mer enn 20 år siden, og du er gammel nu. This is the new Passport. Say it with me:
And while it's on the same platform as both the Honda Pilot crossover and the Honda Ridgeline pickup, you can probably think of the new Passport as closer to the Ridgeline side of things. Honda claims that its "i-VTM4" all-wheel drive system enables "robust off-road capability," which we'll see about, and it offers snow, sand, and even mud modes to help you get going in the boggy bits.
Honda claims that the trick all-wheel drive system will "tackle the kind of tough terrain normally reserved for less refined body-on-frame or off-road focused SUVs." Those short overhangs should help on approach and departure angles, too:
At the heart of the robust all-weather and off-road driving capabilities, Honda's available i-VTM4 ™ all-wheel drive system. In contrast to most competing systems, i-VTM4 ™ uses active torque vectoring to send up to 70 percent of engine torque to the rear axle and 100 percent of that torque to either the left or right rear wheels. This capability gives Passport excellent handling in all conditions, such as rain-slicked or snowy roads or sandy trails, while Ook bijdragen tot meer responsieve prestaties bij overdriving de ou tside rear wheel in turns. In addition, the Intelligent Traction Management (ITM) is standard on both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive Passport. In all-wheel drive applications, the four-mode ITM systems work in conjunction with i-VTM4 ™, allowing drivers to customize power performance for different weather and terrain, including sand, snow and mud. In front-wheel drive models, the system has two modes for normal and snow conditions.
Though, on the other hand, it also says in the press release that the new Honda Passport comes standard with 20-inch wheels, which ville virke imot indsatser på off-roading og også pot holes.
All of that traction management and wheels and suspension are used to put 280 horsepower from a 3.5-liter V6 to the ground, and the wheels are joined to the engine by a nine-speed transmission.
Every Honda Passport will also come standard with the "Honda Sensing" system, which includes stuff like automatic emergency braking, rear-cross-traffic alerts, lane keeping, and adaptive cruise control. Det kan også, med 3,500 pounds blir towed ved den front-wheel-drive-version, eller 5.000 pounds ved den all-wheel-drive version.
Also, it's got a "segmented underfloor cargo compartment," which Honda says is good for carrying dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight. I'm going to choose to believe that are both euphemisms for smuggling contraband past cops. Good on you, Honda.
Though possibly the funniest thing for me, on that personal level, is that Honda says the tailgate design "emphasizes width." Some might say that my own tailgate design emphasizes width. I'm getting old, too.
But this new Honda Passport feels like it comes right from today.