Sitting squarely between the midsize CR-V and the larger three-row Pilot, the 2019 Honda Passport is the gap-filler Honda’s been seeking. Now, in adding — or re-adding, if you remember the model from the 1990s — the new Passport to their lineup, Honda undeniably has an SUV for every lifestyle.
Being a brilliant gap-filler isn’t all the Passport is, however. Far from it, in fact. Competing against rugged rivals like the Chevy Blazer, Nissan Murano, and Subaru Outback, the Honda Passport is the clear winner of the “Which Off-road SUV is Best?” game. It’s essentially your four-wheeled ticket to adventure. Take that, every other automaker under the sun.
A Modest Off-Roader, But Only by Choice
Like the Pilot, Honda Passport’s all-wheel-drive system is an exceptional example of superior craftsmanship. Dubbed i-VTM4, the AWD system splits power to rear and front axles as needed; drivers can manually adjust torque and shift points via a drive-mode selector (options include: Normal, Sand, Snow, and Mud), but i-VTM4 is capable of handling that job without assistance. Standard all-season tires will come in handy if you decide to trade your Phoenix home in for a cabin overlooking the Rockies.
Rugged terrain? Pfft! With the Honda Passport, the only terrain that can’t be tackled is that of Machu Picchu – and that’s only because Honda didn’t pit its new midsize SUV against the Andes Mountains. Ground clearance is 8.1 inches, nearly an inch higher than that of the Honda Pilot, allowing the Passport to nimbly traverse some fairly robust, rock-riddled terrain, even with a 5,000-pound weekend toy in tow and some gear attached to the roof rails.
Pack Your Bags (And Store Them, Too)
As is the case with the CR-V and Pilot, cargo room in the new Passport is exceptional. Behind the second row is a pleasant 50.5 cubic feet* of space; fold all those seats down to create a cavernous 100.8-cubic-foot* mobile closet. The rear liftgate doorway is massive, as well.
The Passport is housing a secret that every road-tripper will love. Because we’re nice Honda dealers, we’ll spill the beans: it’s an underfloor cargo bin. The storage bin is divided into two, allowing you to easily stow two large hiking backpacks or separate the muddy from the non-muddy clothes. (We did say this would be an adventure, after all.)
In its cabin, the Passport’s non-little little-item storage solutions are incredible. Situated between the front seats is an enormous bin that can hold all your knick-knacks, paddy-whacks, and probably several dog bones. There’s even a built-in USB port in there. Rear doors utilize large storage compartments to ensure everyone can get in on the carry-along action.
Every Honda Passport comes equipped with standard Honda Sensing safety systems, which include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation System, and Collision Mitigation Braking System.
Daylight running LED headlights and tail lights are standard, as are features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, push-button start, keyless entry, second-row USBs, electrical outlets, and a large touchscreen display up front. Available features include wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation, a one-touch power moonroof, heated and ventilated seats, tri-zone climate control, and a few other amenities.
Test Drive a Honda Passport in Phoenix
Honda Passport’s list of pros is undeniable: spacious, tech-heavy, and off-road ready. It excels where other so-called rugged SUVs fail – and isn’t that what any adventurous soul craves?
Make a stop at your nearest Honda dealership near Phoenix to try the Passport on for size. Contact one of our Valley Honda Dealers stores to schedule an appointment or request details about financing or leasing the Passport. Your adventure awaits.
* Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.
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