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Like that wicker picnic hamper you packed away after the season, Honda’s first two generations of the Passport have found their place on the shelf. Replacing the 90s-era squared-off edges and safari-looking ruggedness is the streamlined aerodynamic styling of the 2019 Honda Passport. Even with its chiseled, uptown good looks, Honda promises that the Passport will be “their most rugged light truck model with features that deliver more of what today’s adventurous customers want and need.”

Sounds good to us! Firmly positioned between Honda’s compact CR-V and the three-row Pilot SUV, this is the drool-worthy 2019 Honda Pilot.

Performance

Whether you’re navigating your family through the daily rush of traffic, or your sights are set a little more off-road, the 2019 Passport’s standard i-VTEC V-6 engine provides you with more than ample capacity to carry you to your destination.

When you’re ready to amp it up to the next level and really climb those vistas, turn to the i-VTM AWD system. Its 4-wheel shift differential puts you smoothly on that rugged road to adventure.  

Since the new Passport is based on the same truck platform as the Pilot, it offers the same towing capability of 3,500 pounds with the standard FWD and 5,000 pounds on the AWD. That equates to taking more toys with you on your adventures. The Passport’s 8.4-inch ground clearance allows you added space to enjoy your backcountry trek.

Either path you choose, Honda’s 9-speed transmission and Intelligent Traction Management system have you covered no matter the road conditions.

Safety & Tech

With all the modern accouterments, safety has remained a notable focus for Honda. In fact, Car and Driver applaud the fact that “every Passport gets the Honda Sensing suite of active-safety features.”  You’ll thank the Honda design team’s ingenuity the next time you’re slightly distracted and begin to veer into the lane next to you. The 2019 Passport’s “lane-departure warning with lane-keeping steering assist” automatically step up their support.

In this day and age, it’s difficult to completely unplug, which is why Honda provides the latest technology with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability as standard features in addition to the tech-savvy Honda Sensing safety suite. You also have the option of adding Honda’s Satellite-Linked Navigation System to help guide you when you find yourself off the grid. Settle in with an easy-view navigation panel and set your Smartphone to enjoy your favorite music on the six-speaker stereo system.

Interior Styling

Of course, even with all the gadgets to assist you on your journey, there is one more element that gives the 2019 Passport the edge on its competitors. It’s got swag.

On the interior, the first thing you’ll appreciate is the roominess. There’s plenty of leg room and comfort for each of the possible five passengers. With two rows and seating for five, the new Passport is certain to find itself listed among its fellow brand members on the U.S. News and World Report‘s best new SUV rankings.

There’s also generous cargo space to pack coolers, a full array of groceries, camping equipment, suitcases, or any other extras you can think to bring along. When you need to conceal valuables, take advantage of the under-floor storage compartment. Simply put, the upcoming Honda Passport offers the best 2019 SUV packaging of its size and class on the market.

2019 Honda Passport Release Date

Since its unveiling at the November 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Passport’s production has been in full swing at Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama, plant since December. Its much-anticipated arrival to our Honda dealerships near Phoenix is scheduled for early 2019, so check back here often. For more details about the new Passport midsize SUV, or to discuss how to finance a new Honda in Arizona, pick up the phone and contact your nearest Valley Honda Dealers.

 

 

Sources & Photos:

https://www.motor1.com/news/289038/honda-passport-production-start/

https://automobiles.honda.com/future-cars/passport

https://www.edmunds.com/honda/passport/

https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/suvs

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a25310898/2019-honda-passport-photos-info/