The Honda Passport returns in 2019 after 16 years

2019 Honda Passport

After being pulled from production back in 2002, the 2019 Honda Passport is making a comeback. The new model will be presented at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and will fall between the CR-V and the Pilot. The details are still limited, but there are some two teaser photos and a video available. The Passport first appeared in 1993, and two generations appeared until 2002 when they stopped manufacturing it following a not very successful run. Honda described the new model as a “more personal, powerful, and off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road.”

Exterior

Regarding the exterior, there are not many details to talk about from the photos and the video. It will probably borrow a lot of the design from its larger brother, the Pilot. The overall design is traditional, as there is a long front V-shaped hood, a tall glasshouse, short overhangs, and a raked tailgate.

The grille is wide, flanked by swept-back headlights. Honda wants their new model to have a sporty look, although the Passport is supposed to be rugged. 2020 Aston Martin DBX is here…

The second teaser shows us the profile and the rear end. It partially reveals a tall beltline, which rises toward the back.

The new SUV has big quarter windows and a thin D-pillar, as it also has a sunroof, as well as a roof rack.
There is excessive dust in the teasers to be able to get a clear look of the rear end, but it is obvious that the Passport has large taillights, whose light units are unique to the model. In addition, it also has a big roof spoiler.

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Interior – 2019 Honda Passport

There is no info about the interior, as the teasers do not give us a look inside. The Passport should probably share the features and designs of the CR-V and the Pilot.
This means layouts with a big infotainment display, A/C controls below, and a pair of A/C vents above that. This instrument cluster may sport a TFT display in the middle in less expensive packages, while the high-end models could feature all-digital units.

When it comes to the materials, even the lover trims will probably have soft-touch surfaces on the dashboard and the door panels. The expensive versions should come with leather and wood trims.
Honda’s latest technology and safety features will surely be a part of the new SUV, although most of them will probably be optional. There will be plenty of space for the passengers, and a big trunk is guaranteed.

Drivetrain

We assumed the Passport will run on the same V6 engine as the Pilot.
Honda said nothing about the engines that will power the Passport yet. However, since it will share the underpinnings with its bigger brother, it will come with the same power unit powering it. This is the 3.5l V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

Passport will surely be lighter than the Pilot, so the output could drop a little. Honda will hopefully keep the engine unchanged and give the Passport greater performance against its direct competition.
A potentially big question is whether Honda will add a second engine, specifically that from the CR-V? These options include two four-cylinder engines, a 2.4l with 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet, and a new 1.5l unit with 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque, with better fuel economy.

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Price

Since the car is between the CR-V and the Pilot, the Passport’s price will also be in the middle. The CR-V starts from $24,350 and the Pilot from $31,450. The Passport should therefore retail from around $27,000 to $29,000.

Competition

When it comes to its direct competitors on the market, the Subaru Forester and the Nissan Murano are the vehicles it will compete against.

Conclusion

It is understandable that the Japanese manufacturer wants another truck in its lineup, since more than half of sold Hondas in 2018 in the USA were SUVs. They must have a solid strategy behind it, since they are making a mid-size SUV for their lineup.

The Passport does not have an appealing name, and the previous generation had some serious issues. In 2010, almost 150,000 units were recalled because of severe corrosion to the frame. The new Passport will have to be more reliable and safe to appeal to the masses.

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