2021 Honda Passport: Critic Reviews

There’s a New Sporty, Midsize Sheriff in Town

Slotted between the more compact CR-V and the three-row Pilot, the new 2021 Honda Passport offers a blend of both “crossover” and “full-size SUV,” with a smidge of its own personality thrown into the mix. Like the Pilot, it’s spacious and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Like the CR-V, it’s versatile and comes with loads of tech and a classy cabin.

But the new Passport SUV is also its own off-roading beast—one that boasts boatloads of bonuses that its two SUV siblings don’t. Need more ground clearance than the Pilot? Get the Passport. Need an AWD SUV with a high approach and departure angles? Get the Passport. Need more space than a compact crossover but less space than a full-sizer? Get the Passport.

Don’t just listen to our (biased) opinion. Here’s what the top automotive critics have to say about the 2021 Honda Passport:

Car and Driver: Passport Review

The critics at Car and Driver stamped an “8.5/10” rating on the new 2021 Passport thanks to its spacious interior, powerful V6, and a great array of standard safety features.

“Spacious, capable, and nicely equipped for the money, the Honda Passport hits its marks as a mid-size SUV. Sharing many of its mechanicals with the three-row Pilot and Ridgeline pickup, the Passport…is fully modern, with plenty of standard safety equipment and optional tech features.”

The new Honda Passport even won their midsize crossover comparison test, beating out rugged rivals like the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, Chevy Blazer, and Hyundai Santa Fe. You can bet it earned its place atop Car and Driver’s list of best midsize SUVs in America.

Edmunds: Passport Review

Offering ample cargo and passenger room, a productive 3.5L V6, and good fuel economy, the 2021 Honda Passport wins the approval of Edmunds reviewers.

“The Honda Passport is your ticket to a well-rounded midsize crossover. Its punchy acceleration, excellent ride comfort and overall refinement elevate it above others in the class.”

Featuring a hands-free liftgate and a clever underfloor storage compartment, the Passport is effortlessly versatile when you need it most, yet more than practical for everyday driving. And with over 100 cubic feet* of space between the cargo hatch and front-row seat back, it’s no surprise why Passport is regarded as one of the top new two-row crossovers for families.

The Car Connection: Passport Review

Experts at The Car Connection enjoy the new Passport’s off-road capabilities and brute strength. That’s because Honda’s newest midsize SUV borrows the same setup as its larger Pilot brethren: a 9-speed transmission mated to a 280-hp V6 slugger under the hood.

“The Passport’s the most adventurous vehicle in its family, which includes the Pilot, the Ridgeline truck, and the Odyssey minivan. That translates into an easy-to-use vehicle without complicated off-road systems that it might never or rarely use…. Passport just wants to shuttle you to the nearly wild.”

It offers a well-damped ride, whether gently rounding about the roundabouts or across jagged desert terrain, even with a 5,000-pound toy hitched to the back.  

Kelley Blue Book: Passport Review

With four unique drive modes—Sand, Snow, Normal and Mud—Honda Passport is prepared for just about any off-the-beaten-path adventure. And fitted with an urbane i-VTM AWD system, Passport utilizes its torque-vectoring capabilities to improve traction through each wheel.

This AWD system is KBB’s favorite Passport feature, as it offers a certain degree of off-road ruggedness while still boasting that all-too-familiar Honda loveliness.

“A sophisticated torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system with 4-mode Intelligent Traction Management endows the Honda Passport with some real off-road talent… When the optional all-wheel-drive system is in the picture, the Passport becomes a weekend warrior capable of tackling off-road trails, mud, sand, and snow.”

Autotrader: Passport Review

Like The Car Connection critics, the folks at Autotrader are also enamored with Honda Passport’s ride quality.

“Off-road, the Passport is surprisingly capable for a car-based crossover. No, make that downright impressive… It performs brilliantly in mud, sand and snow, and even over rocky outcroppings.”

They recommend swinging up from the entry-level Passport Sport and onto the Passport EX-L limb. The 2021 Passport EX-L adds a slew of additional features, like heated side-view mirrors with integrated LED clickers, a powered sunroof, a hands-free liftgate, and a leather-clad cabin, among others.

Which standard features? Moving on from the 5-inch display in last year’s Passport, the 2021 model features an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across the board.

Motor Trend: Passport Review

Motor Trend reviewers—whose words are never minced—labeled the Honda Passport as one of their SUV of the Year contenders in 2019. Now, with a new Passport model that adds a few extra items to its long list of features, Honda’s crossover is primed to be in the running yet again.

“Honda may have been a little late in reintroducing its five-seat midsize SUV, the Passport, but the model still manages to hit all the right notes. Along with strong performance, the Pilot’s smaller sibling boasts a cavernous interior and a lengthy list of standard features.”

Find Your Honda Passport at Valley Honda Dealers

Write your own review of the new 2021 Passport by visiting one of our Honda dealerships near Phoenix. Search for your closest Valley Honda Dealers location to take a test drive. We also have great Honda Passport lease deals on outgoing models!


*Cargo Volume 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.