Honda Passport

While most manufacturers are downsizing their engines and adding turbochargers, Honda has opted to fit the Passport with a large 3.5L V6 engine which produces 280 horsepower and 5000 lbs towing capacity. This engine ensures that the Passport feels powerful at the full RPM range. Power is sent to the front wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission. This means the Passport is quicker than most people would expect from a mid-sized SUV, and while the Passport doesn't come out and claim to be a sports car, it does provide relatively sporty driving characteristics when compared to most of its direct competitors.

The Passaport is available as a FWD or AWD with three trim levels. The EX-L is available with both drive types, while the TrailSport and Elite trim is only available on the AWD. This SUV has an array of standard safety features including blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, forward collision mitigation, lane keeping system, adaptive cruise control, and front/rear parking sensors.

The Passport is richly equipped, so even the entry level trim comes with plenty of equipment. The EX-L trim is equipped with 20-inch aluminum wheels, LED headlights, sunroof, heated side mirrors with power reverse tilt down, power liftgate, remote start, leather seats, proximity keyless entry and push-button start, three-zone automatic climate control, heated power front seats with driver's memory, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with 7-speakers audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and wireless phone charging.

The TrailSport trim includes additional convenience features, such as standard all-wheel drive, 18-inch aluminum wheels with rugged terrain tires, roof rails, compass, front wiper de-icer, power folding mirrors, ambient lighting, voice activated navigation, and interior ambient lighting.

The Elite trim tops them all with special design 20-inch aluminum wheels, hands-free liftgate, HondaLink connected services, vehicle tracker system, three-zone automatic climate control with rear seat controls, ventilated front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel, and 10-premium speaker audio system.

The packages available for all trims are Function (cargo net, cargo cover, first-aid kit), HPD Bronze (bronze wheels, HPD lower door trim and decal, bigger fender flair),), HPD Black (black wheels, HPD lower door trim and decal, bigger fender flair), and Utility (cross bar, EX-L gets roof rails, and trailer hitch).

Editors' Review

Honda doesn't sell a hardcore off-roader. You won't find a Ford Bronco rival or Jeep Wrangler equivalent in the Japanese automaker's lineup. If you want to conquer your local two-track or sling a little mud, the closest thing available is the 2022 Passport TrailSport. This two-row SUV competes with other mildly enhanced utility vehicles like the Subaru Forester and Outback Wilderness models, the new Mazda CX-50 and maybe the Ford Explorer Timberline. Gracing the Passport with reasonable off-road prowess is a standard torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, 8.1 inches of ground clearance and unique wheels and tires for a little more grip.

Restyled for 2022, the Honda Passport is new from the A-pillar forward. This SUV gains an assertive grille that's more truck-like than before as well as a pumped-up hood, 'cause you've got to have that. The front fenders have been reworked and the rear bumper has been updated to accommodate larger exhaust outlets. Overall, the Passport is a bit like lasagna, it reheats well and seems to get better with age.

The truncated Passport and the three-row Honda Pilot it's based on have been around for a few years and, unfortunately, the interior shared between these SUVs is starting to look older than Seinfeld reruns. This is a reason why the automaker is revamping nearly its entire SUV lineup this year, introducing new versions of the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot. Aside from the dark trim on the TrailSport's dashboard and doors, accents embossed with an odd fabric-like weave, and the anachronistic pedal-operated parking brake, there's nothing cheap about this vehicle's interior. The switches and controls are solid, everything is assembled with painstaking attention to detail and there's plenty of nicely grained soft plastic to go around. It's just a shame, however, that the interior is blacker than a creosote-choked chimney and that this is the only color offered. Embroidered TrailSport logos on the front headrests and matching orange stitching is not enough to brighten things up.

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The Good ~ Comfortable and spacious interior ~ Well-sorted transmission ~ Smooth and snorty V6

The Bad ~ Cabin starting to feel dated ~ So-so infotainment tech ~ Ugly gauge cluster

The Bottom Line Even though it's feeling dated, the Honda Passport is still a solid SUV.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 8
  • Media 7.5

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