model. 2019 Honda Passport
as shown. $43,680
seating/style. Two-row, five passenger SUV
engine. 3.6L V6, 280HP
transmission. 9-speed AT
driveline. True Torque Vectoring AWD; FWD available
fuel economy. 19 city, 24 highway AWD
The Honda Pilot has a little brother in the cockpit. The Honda Passport is a two-row, five passenger crossover using the same architecture as the Pilot but offering quite a different ownership experience. The Passport is larger and more capable than the CR-V, but sportier, more off-road ready, and somehow more personal than the Pilot.
The Passport is fully six inches shorter than the Pilot but with a 0.8” higher ride height on the same wheelbase, dimensions contributing to distinctive, rugged styling and generous passenger and cargo space. All-wheel-drive with torque vectoring makes for a very fun off-road experience with Intelligent Traction Management offering specific and quite distinct modes for normal, mud, sand, or snow driving. Accessing those modes requires a rather clumsy toggling through a menu versus a simple dial, but the technology interface is otherwise modern and intuitive.
The Passport is powered by a delicious 3.5L V6 engine paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. This midsize CUV has an impressive 5,000 pounds of towing capacity. MSRP starts at $31,990 and tops out at $43,680 with Honda Sensing safety package standard on all four trim levels. I like the Passport for active singles, empty nesters, and small households.