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ReviewsThe 2019 Honda Passport Drives Like a Smaller Pilot, Because That's What It Is

17:35  30 january  2019
17:35  30 january  2019 Source:   caranddriver.com

Rugged Honda Passport Teased Ahead Of L.A. Debut

Rugged Honda Passport Teased Ahead Of L.A. Debut Slotted between the CR-V and Pilot, the new Passport will make its debut on November 27. Honda's SUV lineup currently consists of five light trucks and SUVs: HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Ridgeline, and Odyssey minivan. But in just over a week, that number will jump to six options as another brand-new SUV (with a classic nameplate) joins the range. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda will pull the cover off its new Passport. And these early teaser images give us our first taste at the classic reborn.

Honda revives the Passport name for a two-row crossover that claims more off-road ability.

Honda revives the Passport name for a two-row crossover that claims more off-road ability.

The 2019 Honda Passport Drives Like a Smaller Pilot, Because That's What It Is© Honda The two-row Passport is "all new," but it's also closely related to the three-row Pilot SUV and the Ridgeline pickup.

When automotive manufacturers introduce a new model, one might expect it to be all new. Although the 2019 Honda Passport marks the revival of a model name Honda last used 16 years ago on a mild off-roader that was really a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo, its real mission is to bridge the gap in Honda's lineup between the compact CR-V and the three-row Pilot.

This "all-new" Passport is pretty much mechanically identical to its Pilot stablemate, only shorter and without the wayback seat. This is no bad thing, if not exactly new. Motivation comes from Honda's ubiquitous 280-hp, SOHC 3.5-liter V-6. Floor the accelerator, and the i-VTEC indeed kicks in. The sole transmission available is the recently updated, ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic. It now downshifts with a bit more urgency, but we sense there's still some crisper snap hidden away in the gearbox. Even with Utah's higher elevation sapping away horsepower, the powertrain combination felt more than adequate for the Passport, which is barely lighter than its Pilot sibling.

The 2019 Honda Passport Is the Two-Row Mid-Size SUV Honda Has Sorely Lacked

The 2019 Honda Passport Is the Two-Row Mid-Size SUV Honda Has Sorely Lacked Honda puts a shorter, more adventurous-feeling spin on its Pilot crossover using an old name.

Honda revives the Passport name for a two-row crossover that claims more off-road ability.

Honda revives the Passport name for a two-row crossover that claims more off-road ability.

The 2019 Honda Passport Drives Like a Smaller Pilot, Because That's What It Is© Honda Honda, It Shrunk the Pilot

In the interest of efficiency, the V-6 mill can deactivate three of its cylinders and the rear driveshaft decouples under light load when torque to drive the rear wheels isn't required. The Passport's fuel economy falls about mid-pack, achieving a combined EPA rating of 21 mpg in front-wheel-drive models and 22 mpg when equipped with all-wheel drive.

Tough Guy

Honda is quick to hype the Passport's off-road chops, and the argument may carry a thin, deli-cut slice of meat to it. Our introductory drive was limited to the top-spec Elite trim that comes with standard all-wheel drive (it's a $1900 option on lesser trim levels). Though serious off-road fanatics will note that the Passport lacks any underbody-protecting skid plates, the AWD Passport's 8.1 inches of ground clearance (front-drive models have 7.5 inches of clearance) is achieved from the use of taller springs.

2019 Honda Passport fills an SUV-sized gap in its North American range

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Being atop the same platform that underpins the Ridgeline pickup, the Passport is definitely made to be more rugged than the made-for-PTA CR-V. Quotable: "The all-new 2019 Honda Passport provides the on-road comfort and nimble handling buyers will appreciate on their daily commute with

The Honda Pilot receives a mid-cycle refresh for 2019 that updates its front and rear fascias Other aspects of the Pilot remain, and that ’ s a good thing. The 2019 Honda Pilot favors a comfortable, quiet ride. We like the integrated front-seat armrests – a small feature that can make a big difference on

The 2019 Honda Passport Drives Like a Smaller Pilot, Because That's What It Is© Honda Honda, It Shrunk the Pilot

The improved object-clearing angles (approach, break over, and departure) provide more rock-creeping ability than Passport owners are likely to need, and the trucklet proved capable of mild off-road excursions along Moab's less-traveled paths. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM) features Normal, Sand, Snow, and Mud drive-mode settings that masterfully redirect torque to the wheels that need it. The iVTM system also provides real torque vectoring through the rear differential­-not some brake-based emulation system-which allows it to send 100 percent of the torque to either rear wheel when needed. All Passports come with 20-inch wheels, and the 265/45R-20 Continental CrossContact LX Sport rubber on the Elite models we drove conquered sand, mud, ice, and broken rock with relative ease, though they might not be the most ideal size for serious off-road adventuring. (The Sport and EX-L are fitted with 245/50R-20 tires). The wheels look handsome, but there is some jouncing over jagged terrain when carrying modest speed. One oversight, considering Honda's emphasis on off-road ability, is that the Passport lacks hill-descent control. Fortunately, the brake pedal is firm and easy to modulate while controlling your own descents.

The 2019 Honda Passport Is Already Rolling Off Assembly Lines

The 2019 Honda Passport Is Already Rolling Off Assembly Lines Just a week after premiering at the L.A. auto show, the 2019 Honda Passport has already entered production in Alabama. 

That ’ s not a joke – the company really is resurrecting the Passport moniker. It will be slapped on an all-new five-seat crossover for the 2019 model year. My initial take on seeing it in person is that it ’s a bit plain-looking yet handsome, and it ’s going to sell like crazy. One of the two Passports on hand for

Honda has polished off the edges of its Pilot SUV for 2019 with evolutionary changes that make more attractive, practical, and even tough enough to go The previous Pilot featured touch-screen controls for this basic audio task, and it was fairly awful in its operation. The eight-inch screen found in all trim

The 2019 Honda Passport Drives Like a Smaller Pilot, Because That's What It Is© Honda Honda, It Shrunk the Pilot

On pavement, the Passport drives a lot like a Pilot. The steering rack has a quicker ratio but feels sluggish off-center and feathery light from lock to lock. And there's simply no masking the Honda's towering center-of-gravity during quick transitions. Hustling the Passport through Utah's twisty canyons is like playing vehicular Jenga, with its substantial body lean ever present. Like the Ridgeline and Pilot, front-wheel-drive Passports are rated to tow 3500 pounds and all-wheel-drive models are capable of hauling 5000 pounds-but only after a few dealer-installed accessories, including a trailer hitch ($360), wiring harness ($225), and transmission cooler ($385), are added that unlock those full towing capacities.

Seeing Double

From the front seat, the dashboard, the steering wheel, and the center console are reminiscent of the Pilot's because they are shared. The front chairs and their accompanying armrests provide a high level of comfort. The rear seat bottom slides fore and aft, and the backrest tilts, so it's equally accommodating. The Passport's boxy interior is a boon for cargo volume, boasting an abundant 78 cubic feet with the rear seats folded and 41 cubes with them upright. There's also generous amount of stowage beneath the rear load floor.

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The 2019 Honda Passport looks like a slightly stubbier version of the Pilot SUV. It shares its platform and powertrain with the Pilot and the Ridgeline pickup Honda says that the windshield pillars have been slimmed down, and the sideview mirrors are mounted lower, all in the name of improving visibility.

The 2019 Honda Passport Is the Two-Row Mid-Size SUV Honda Has Sorely Lacked. Honda puts a shorter, more adventurous-feeling spin on its Pilot crossover using an old name. Base Passport Sport models use a smaller , non-touch radio that adds a physical tuning knob into the mix, just like

The 2019 Honda Passport Drives Like a Smaller Pilot, Because That's What It Is© Honda Honda, It Shrunk the Pilot

The base-level Passport Sport starts at $33,035 and includes LED lighting at all four corners, remote start, and a small infotainment screen. The $37,455 EX-L trim adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, leather upholstery, and a power liftgate. For $40,325, the Touring trim adds heated outboard rear seats, roof rails, and front and rear parking sensors. Lastly, the $44,725 Elite offers ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and inductive phone charging. All Passports benefit from standard Honda Sensing, a host of electronic safety systems such as adaptive cruise control, forward-collision alert, and lane-keeping assist.

Visually, the Passport blends elements of both the Honda Ridgeline pickup and the Pilot. Its front fascia looks (slightly) more aggressive than that pair's, and the rear is distinct. The two-row Passport's body measures 6.5-inches shorter than the three-row Pilot's despite riding atop the same 111.0-inch wheelbase. To call it "all-new" might be rather generous, but the 2019 Honda Passport definitely satisfies its mission-and should surely satisfy Honda's coffers-as a capable and practical middle ground in Honda's core crossover lineup.

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2019 Honda Passport Goes on Sale February 4 Starting at $33,035.
Four trims are available

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