2019 Honda Passport Presents Serious Sporting Capability

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2019 Honda Passport demonstrates off road ruggedness

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 [email protected] 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.

Tech


Powertrain
Engine TypeV-6
Displacement3471cc
Horsepower (SAE Net)280 @6 000 rpm
Torque (SAE Net)262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Fuel InjectionDirect
Transmission9-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
ChassisFront SuspensionMacPherson strut
Rear SuspensionMulti-link
SteeringElectric power-assisted (EPS) rack-and-pinion
Wheels20-inch alloy
All-Season Tires245/50R 102H (Sport, EX-L); 265/45R 102H (Touring, Elite)
Towing Capacity, 2WD (AWD)3,500 lbs (5,000 lbs) with tow package
ExteriorWheelbase111.0 in.
Length190.5 in.
Height71.6 in.
Width78.6 in.
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)
InteriorCargo Volume (Behind 2nd Row) SAE J110041.2 cu.-ft.
Cargo Volume (Behind 1st Row) SAE J110077.9 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 Volume115.9 (114.9 w/sunroof)

Yet another ‘best year ever’ for American Honda Motors

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell captures market interest in 2017. Photo Attributes American Honda 2017

Today in Honda-Torque News: What can I tell you, Honda Torque News is my day job. I look forward to reporting Honda news and updates. And, on slow news days, I have a bit of fun with it! With Honda’s annual sales report coming to press a day late this year, American Honda Motor Company announces, for the third year running, anew sales record for America’s # 5 auto maker. * as measured by sales volume.

For December, we discover an astounding 60% uptick in Honda Pilot sales, for total sales of 127,279 sold in 2017. Honda points to increased production capacity with Alabama coming on line — Could be! Dealers can’t sell cars without inventory. However, with no shortage of competition in the mid and full size 3-row SUV segment, the comprehensive drive and ride package that is Honda Pilot consistently meets or surpass the needs of a mostly Soccer Mom, multi-tasking, 3+ Kids family market, and, offers something Honda Odyssey doesn’t – all-wheel-drive.

I called the reinvented Honda Pilot a refined SUV bargain in 2015, it still is. When compared to Toyota Highlander, Mazda 9, and Chevy Tahoe, Pilot can’t be beat for value-packed standard featured packaging, V6 engine performance, and class-leading fuel efficiency. Me, I just like driving Pilot.

Honda’s best selling vehicle for 2017 just happens to be a compact 2-row SUV, or a crossover, depending on how you look at it. At any rate, Honda CR-V, the best selling SUV of all time, just beat Honda Accord and Civic for the top sales spot in 2017.

I first reported on the reinvented, up-sized Honda CR-V in 2015. At that time I was astounded by CR-V’s new found handling characteristics, quiet, comfortable cabin, and innovative, fuel efficiency 1.5 Liter turbocharged gasoline engine, and segmented CVT (continuously variable) transmission.

Honda CR-V outsold Toyota RAV4 in 2017 with 377,895 units sold for the year. That’s a lot of Honda CR-V!  Yet there’s more to Honda’s annual sales report hen initially meets the eye. With the market introduction of Honda Clarity PHEV

comes an opportunity. Learn more about Honda’s premier plug-in-electric vehicle here.

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