2019 Passport New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Honda Passport slots between the popular CR-V and Pilot in the Japanese automaker's SUV family, but it's closer to one than the other.
The new crossover SUV should seem familiar; it's basically a six-inch smaller version of the Honda Pilot. Lacking a third row, all of those inches come off the rear (giving it a length of 190.5 inches), which makes it look a bit like a Ford Explorer. It is well-packaged, so the interior space nearly matches the Pilot. And since its long 111-inch wheelbase is the same, it rides as well as the Pilot.
The Passport uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, three more gears than the base versions of the Pilot. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available. The AWD Passport rides 0.6 inches higher, and can tow 5,000 pounds (compared to 3,500 pounds with FWD).
Gas mileage is EPA-rated at 20 mpg city, 25 highway, 22 combined with FWD, 1 mpg less with AWD.
In crash tests, the Passport rates five stars overall from the NHTSA. Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control are standard on all models..
The Passport comes in Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite versions.
The front-wheel-drive Sport costs about $33,000, and comes with cloth upholstery, LED headlights, a power driver's seat, two USB ports, a 5.0-inch screen for the infotainment system, 20-inch alloy wheels, and the active safety equipment.
All-wheel drive is a $1,900 option on all models.
The EX-L for about $37,500 adds leather upholstery, a power moonroof, a power liftgate, heated front seats, a third USB port, 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and blind-spot monitors.
The Touring at about $41,000 adds navigation, a hands-free liftgate, parking sensors, heated rear seats, and upgraded speakers.
The Elite costs $44,700 and comes only as all-wheel drive, adding cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, and a wireless charging pad..