2019 Honda Passport
This debut rugged sport utility vehicle by Honda, which has been awarded *Car and Driver’s award for Best Midsized Two-Row SUV, is already proving to be one of the most versatile, capable, and affordable off-road SUVs on the market. With an available torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system and plenty of cargo space, the 2019 Passport is well equipped to handle the most demanding of adventures. There are four trim levels to choose from: Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Each Passport comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Standard on the Sport, EX-L, and Touring trims is a front-wheel drivetrain, while AWD is standard on the Elite trim and optional for the rest.
Comfort and Convenience
The base Sport trim is adequately equipped, providing tri-zone automatic climate control as well as keyless entry and ignition as standout features. Next in line is the EX-L, which provides the comfort and convenience amenities of the Sport trim in addition to a power liftgate, sunroof, leather upholstery, and heated power-adjustable front seats. The Touring adds heated rear seats. Bundling everything together, the Elite trim includes auto-dimming side mirrors, ventilated front seats, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and a heated steering wheel.
For interior space, the Passport provides 50 cubic feet of total cargo volume behind the second row. If the seats are folded down, then this capacity increases to 100 cu.-ft. There is also sufficient underfloor storage that is capable of stowing many items in an organized fashion. It can also tow up to 3,500 pounds on two-wheel drive models and up to 5,000 pounds on AWD models.
Even with the base-trim Sport, you’ll get the excellent active driver assist features included in the Honda Sensing suite (lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning, and more). These are added to the EX-L, Touring, and Elite as well, along with blind-spot monitoring.
Whether you are cruising around on the open road or hitting the trails, having access to convenient and modern technology features makes the whole adventure even more enthralling. The Sport has a seven-speaker sound system in addition to a 5-inch central infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity. On the EX-L, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility is standard, as is satellite HD radio and an upgraded 8-inch infotainment screen. Moving along to the Touring provides a ten-speaker sound system with navigation integrated with the 8-inch central display that has been carried over from the EX-L. Rounding out the list is the Elite, which as before takes everything from the previous trim levels and adds them to its standard equipment lineup.
*Car and Driver , April 2019.