At the most recent Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, AZ, Honda unveiled the newest 2022 Passport. Of course, the Passport isn’t “new” new. Kicking rival midsize SUVs to the curb since ‘18 — in fact, the Passport was a critic’s choice just last year — this Honda is no stranger to competition. Whether laughing off the Grand Cherokee in the dusty, Australian-like outback of Arizona’s desolate deserts, or stomping the Santa Fe in a brawl for towing supremacy, the Honda Passport has a history of rising to the occasion.
If that history plays out as it should, the newly refreshed Passport will be laughing and stomping its way back to the top of the SUV leaderboard next season. Let’s take a peek at the latest 2022 Honda Passport, which is expected to hit Honda dealerships near you this winter.
What’s New for 2022?
Sporty yet practical, luxurious yet affordable, rugged yet sophisticated, the 2021 Honda Passport was as close to perfect as SUV specimens come. Then the world was introduced to the 2022 model, forcing us all to reassess our definition of “perfect.”
For 2022, the Honda Passport gets an injection of exterior ruggedness, boosting the SUV’s true off-road appeal. All Passports receive a facelift, which starts with new sheet metal from the A-pillars up. Its aggressively designed new hood features a square nose, wide side vents, fancy front fender, and an upright grille that’s exclusive to the Passport badge.
Walk to the back and you’ll notice the same aggressive design. Cut around larger twin exhaust ports is a new rear bumper, tow hitch cover, and glossy crossbar below the liftgate window.
Along the sides, Passport gains new alloy wheels (18” or 20”) for an extra splash of sportiness.
A High Performance Development (HPD) package is also now available for Passports. This includes a unique grille, black fender flares, more aggressive wheel options, and fancy HPD graphics on the rear panels.
Passport’s cabin, which already offered class-leading cargo space, also sees some modifications and has more offerings than the previous model. EX-L trims add perforated leather seats with high-contrast stitching.
Newly available on the EX-L trim is Passport’s i-VTM4 torque-vectoring system, which was exclusive to last year’s Passport Elite model.
Rear Seat Reminder and a rear seatbelt reminder system are now standard across the board, too. With Rear Seat Reminder, Passport sends out a chime when the vehicle is turned off, alerting drivers to check for rear occupants before exiting. Drivers are also alerted, via the digital instrument cluster, when a seatbelt in back is unbuckled. Both are ideal for parents.
Introducing the 2022 Passport TrailSport
The biggest update to the Passport is the addition of an all-new TrailSport trim, which offers exclusive styling, inside and out.
Most noticeable are a new TrailSport logo and orange badges adhered to the SUV’s tailgate and chunkier front grille. Machined 18-inch wheels, highlighted with Pewter paint, are also uniquely TrailSport. They’re paired with TrailSport-exclusive 245/60R18 tires with rugged sidewall treads.
Outside mirrors are foldable with a button push, as well, and Passport TrailSport models also include a special heated windshield wiper feature to keep blades from icing over.
Inside, the orange theme continues, with the Passport TrailSport’s orange contrast stitching on seats and the steering wheel, special logos imprinted on head rests and all-season floor mats, and ambient cabin lighting in a vibrant amber.
Unnoticeable to the naked eye are wider front and rear tracks. Passport TrailSports add 0.4 inches to both, ultimately improving stability and stance.
2022 Passport Release Date
All signs point to a winter 2021 release date for the new Honda Passport. When that time comes, all your Valley Honda Dealers will have Passports for sale, so be sure and speak with a member of your Arizona dealership’s Honda sales team for updates and to request a quote.