Let's be honest: Most SUV buyers don't need three rows of seats. And with utility vehicles of all shapes and sizes in greater demand than ever, automakers are finding new opportunities with two-row, mid-size offerings, like Chevrolet's new Blazer, or the redesigned Ford Edge.
Honda now joins the fray with its 2019 Passport, a that slots between the compact CR-V and larger, three-row Pilot. It's nicely poised to take on a growing crop of five-passenger SUVs. And with its solid on-road chops and a roomy, well-appointed interior, the new kid on the block might actually be the best of the bunch.
If the 2019 Passport looks awfully familiar, it's because most of its design is shared with the Pilot. The fact that these two crossovers share their underpinnings is in no way a bad thing, but I really wish Honda would've worked harder to differentiate the two vehicles' designs. Especially against the sharply styled Chevy Blazer, not to mention more fashion-forward offerings like the Nissan Murano, the Passport struggles to stand out.
The Good The 2019 Honda Passport offers great on-road manners and lots of usable space, with lots of infotainment and safety tech to boot.
The Bad Its design is a little conservative, especially against sharply styled rivals such as the Chevrolet Blazer and Nissan Murano.
The Bottom Line Unless you absolutely need a third row of seats or strong off-road capability, the Honda Passport is a well-rounded offering in the midsize SUV space.
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