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Honda’s world gets a bit bigger with the new Passport

Naming a vehicle after a travel document can be a bit of a gamble. After all, Passports enable us to travel everywhere freely and are the ultimate proof of citizenship. Luckily, the new Honda Passport lives up to its name completely.

For starters, it’s a mid-size crossover capable of taking you just about anywhere and has been entirely designed by Honda’s U.S.-based research and development teams right here on North American soil. It made its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, right next to Honda’s newest ultimate fun-having machine, the Talon UTV.

2019 Honda Passport with Accessory Roof Rack, Running Boards, Fender Flares and Towing Hitch

Apart from its interesting name, the Honda Passport also occupies an interesting spot in Honda’s lineup. It sits between the smaller CR-V and the flagship Pilot, offering the best of both worlds. It’s almost as practical and capable as the Pilot without being as bulky, and a lot more robust than the CR-V while being just as easy to live with on a day-to-day basis. As described by Jean Marc Leclerc, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Honda Canada:
“The all-new 2019 Honda Passport provides the on-road comfort and nimble handling buyers will appreciate on their daily commute with the robust off-road and all-weather capability that make for a great weekend adventure vehicle.

 

The Passport gets a reinforced unibody frame and will be offered in three different trim levels: Sport, EX-L and Touring. Interestingly enough, all three trim levels, even the base Sport, get the whole gamut of safety and drive-assist systems called Honda Sensing suite, in addition to LED lights, fog lights, DRLs, and three-zone automatic climate control. The Passport comes all-wheel drive from the factory regardless of trim level too, but more on that later on.

 

2019 Honda Passport

The only engine choice is the 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 which develops an impressive 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. As mentioned before, power is sent to all four wheels via Honda’s i-VTM4 torque-vectoring AWD system and the brilliant 9-speed automatic transmission. The AWD system comes with a couple of modes to optimize performance depending on the surface and the weather conditions (Snow, Sand and Mud).
All Passports ride on 20-inch alloy wheels, feature a heated steering wheel, the Adventure and Urban accessory packages and Honda’s latest Display Audio interface complete with an 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Additional features depend on selected trims but encompass a power tailgate with hands-free operation, heated auto-dimming/power-folding side mirrors, a blind sport information system and front/rear parking sensors complete with drive assist functions.

 

 

Make no mistake, however, as the Passport is a serious off-roader. It’s more than capable of tackling trails previously reserved for serious body-on-frame off-roaders such as the Toyota 4Runner. It offers all of the pros with none of the cons associated with traditional off-roaders (less refined, less usable and thirstier).
The new Honda Passport hits Canadian showrooms sometime early 2019, but Canadian customers will see it in the flesh at the Montreal Auto Show in January. Excited? You should be. If you’re interested in booking an early test drive as soon as it gets here or have more questions, feel free to give us a call.