Just like how movie franchises are being brought back to life with reboots and remakes, vehicle manufacturers are doing the same by bringing back discontinued models like the all-new Honda Passport.
The Honda Passport is a new vehicle for 2019 and slots in-between the company’s larger Pilot and smaller CR-V. The ride is fairly smooth but you’ll feel every bump in the Passport.
The Passport is a fairly wide vehicle that makes it almost like you’re driving a pickup truck. This is thanks to Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and light-truck platform., Because of the large stance, you don’t sacrifice cargo space (about and leg and headroom in the Passport.
Both the front and rear seats of the Passport have lots of room, even when I put the driver seat to my usual driving position (I’m 5ft 11) and I sat in the seat behind me and I still had plenty of legroom and tons of headroom.
The exterior of the Passport has a very rugged esthetic, which makes it appeal to the outdoorsy segment of buyers. The ruggedness continues into the inside of the Passport with rubber tray-like mats and plastic (yet durable) interior materials.
The Passport is powered by the 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 and uses Honda’s i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. The vehicle uses a button-based shift system, that’s also where you’ll find the auto start/stop off toggle and the button to change driving modes for different conditions.
The Passport comes with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and in the Touring model, I tested with a wireless charging pad in the front.
And if you’re worried about keeping your phone charged, Honda has you covered with 2 USB ports in the front plus two USB ports for the rear seats. The vehicle has 10 speakers which Honda calls their premium audio system and sound good even at high volumes.
In terms of Driver-Assist Technology, the Passport comes with the following:
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- Auto high beam
- Blind Spot Infomation System
- Rear Cross Traffic Monitor system
There’s also parking sensors and a multi-angle rearview camera. Because the Passport is so large, it would have been great if Honda had included a front view camera in addition to the rear one.
Canadian pricing for the Honda Passport is as follows:
- Passport Sport (AWD) – $41,990 CAD
- Passport EX-L (AWD) – $45,590 CAD
- Passport Touring (AWD) – $48,990 CAD
The 2019 Honda Passport Touring I tested had an MSRP of $50,916 CAD after freight and fees. To put that into comparison, the bigger Honda Pilot Touring goes for around $54,616 CAD and the 2019 Acura RDX I tested earlier was $49,990 CAD.
Software & Connectivity
The 2019 Honda Passport has the company’s 8-inch Display Audio infotainment system. On the surface, the infotainment system has a fairly simplistic design with everything laid out by function such as Navigation, Phone, Settings, FM, Bluetooth Audio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Trip Computer.
Getting around the system is easy and everything is just one button press away. There are also voice commands in the Passport but it’s not very intuitive if you need to put in an address, you press the voice button and then say each part of the address separately instead of one phrase.
If you have your phone connected to the system via Android Auto and you hold the voice button for longer, then it will activate the Google Assistant on your phone instead of Honda’s voice command system.
Honda’s maps are powered by Garmin and if you’ve ever used Garmin’s portable GPS devices then you’ll be right at home. The maps are clear to read but super crisp like some other systems.
In front of the driver, you have a digital display that shows you your speed and functions like what music play, phone, trip computer and more. One thing I did like was when you have Android Auto running and have a route in progress, your route will display on this small driver display. This is great in place of a heads-up display.
Overall, the 2019 Honda Passport is a great addition to Honda’s SUV lineup but it’s not that much cheaper than the bigger Pilot, so it’s kind of hard to see who exactly the Passport is aimed at.
- Honda Display Audio system is easy to read and navigate
- Smooth overall ride
- Come with a ton of safety features standard
- Roomy interior
- Lots of cargo space
- Has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- No front camera
- Priced not that much cheaper than the Pilot
- Interior materials feel cheap