Designed for off road weekend warriors Honda presents a reborn safe and sane tech-rich Passport sandwiched between CR-V and Pilot in the maker’s light truck lineup. What features give Passport serious sporting capability?
Without question, the current Honda Pilot and CR-V when equipped with AWD can do some dirt time. Honda’s leading sellers can also trailer haul a toy or two. So why is Honda marketing a reborn Honda Passport? Simply put, they can, and if priced right 2019 Honda Passport will be successful.
2019 Honda Passport more than a shortened and raised Pilot
For 2019, Passport comes to market built on Honda’s universal light truck platform, sharing most attributes, options, and chassis engineering with the longer Honda Pilot.
That’s fine. Pilot’s a mechanically bulletproof, well priced contender in the midsize 3-row SUV segment, and continues to lead that class in annual sales.
Yet off-road, there’s a problem or two. And looking to CR-V, while capable enough, off-road isn’t CR-V’s thing. So, in rolls Passport, featuring shorter body overhangs, fat fender flares, and a bit more ground clearance than Pilot. Read my latest Pilot update here
The advantage of shorter overhangs and clearance off road
While Honda unibody primary front wheel drive technology when equipped with i-VTM4 (torque vectoring all-wheel-drive) works very well on all surfaces and weather conditions, insufficient ground clearance and relatively long front and rear body overhang is not cool when transitioning in or out of a steep incline.
That painful underbody road and rock crunch takes the fun out of mild off road adventure, and sometimes results in cowling and cosmetic panel damage. But hey, you already know that. The all new 2019 Honda Passport shares a manufacturing platform with Honda Ridgeline Pickup, and Pilot SUV.
So, our engineering design friends at Honda R&D, Torrance,California, and Raymond, Ohio, collaborated on designing and launching a made in America Honda Passport with greater ground clearance, shorter body overhangs, nimble, power steering, and front and rear independent suspension — capable of towing 5,000 lbs when properly equipped, and take to the open and off road with the best in the segment.
2019 Honda Passport is 3.5L i-VTEC direct injected powered
You won’t find a turbocharged engine option for 2019 Honda Pilot. Instead, America’s #5 car maker looks to the 3.5L 1-VTEC direct injected SOHC V6.
Developing 280 H.P. @ 6,000 rpm and 262 ft-lb torque@4700 rpm, we like this gasoline engine for Passport. When standard equipped with dual exhaust and shifted through Honda’s 9 speed automatic transmission fun will be had by all on or off the road.
Fuel economy as yet to be stated by Honda should approach 19 mpg city, and 24 mpg on the highway. We further anticipate a beginning FWD standard Passport package MSRP of $29,000 +, we’ll see.
Passport’s look screams sinister Honda
Black out grill, 20 inch wheels, and a sporting rugged theme delivers a reborn made in America Honda Passport.
I’ve driven thousands of miles on and off road in CR-V, Pilot, and Ridgeline, all exceptional in their own right — yet compromised just a tad when driven off the pavement.
Honda presents a re-imagined Passport for consumers shopping for an affordable answer to civilized and active safety equipped do-anything attainable truck-like SUV ownership. I believe Honda has a winner here, and look forward to presenting a comprehensive drive review in January.
|Horsepower (SAE Net)||280 @6 000 rpm|
|Torque (SAE Net)||262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm|
|Transmission||9-speed automatic (9AT)|
|All-Wheel Drive System (AWD Models)||Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VM4™) with Intelligent Traction Management with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud modes|
|Chassis||Front Suspension||MacPherson strut|
|Steering||Electric power-assisted (EPS) rack-and-pinion|
|All-Season Tires||245/50R 102H (Sport, EX-L); 265/45R 102H (Touring, Elite)|
|Towing Capacity, 2WD (AWD)||3,500 lbs (5,000 lbs) with tow package|
|Track Front/Rear, 2WD (AWD)||67.0/67.0 in. (66.7/66.7 in.)|
|Ground Clearance, 2WD (AWD)||7.8 in. (8.4 in.)|
|Approach/Departure Angles, Degrees, 2WD (AWD)||20.6/26.8 (21.4/27.6)|
|Interior||Cargo Volume (Behind 2nd Row) SAE J1100||41.2 cu.-ft.|
|Cargo Volume (Behind 1st Row) SAE J1100||77.9 cu.-ft.|
|Cargo Volume (Behind 1st Row) SAE J1100 plus floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.||100.7 cu.-ft.|
|Passenger Volume||115.9 (114.9 w/sunroof)|