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2019 Honda Passport: A name from the past returns for Honda's new SUV

After a 17-year hiatus, Honda returns the Passport badge to showrooms for its new rugged, five-passenger crossover.

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It's been 17 years since a new Passport was in Honda showrooms. That car was a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo, while this, the 2019 Passport, is most certainly not.    

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It's a Honda through and through, sharing a platform and drivetrain with the Pilot and Ridgeline. It will slot in between the CR-V and Pilot in the lineup.     

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Unlike its brethren, the Passport adopts a slightly more rugged and outdoorsy persona.     

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There is, however, some family resemblance with the sculpted hood, wheel arches and side character lines taken right from the Pilot.

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The Passport does differ with a nearly 1-inch higher ride height for a better approach angle and shorter rear overhangs better prepare it for tackling trails.

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Powering matters is a familiar 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque working with a nine-speed automatic transmission.     

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Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive is available for an additional $1,900.      

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As for fuel economy, EPA estimates have it returning 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive cars doing 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. 

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Passports with all-wheel drive can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is enough for adventure toys like small boats, campers or a couple of Jet Skis.

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When the Passport officially goes on sale in early February, it'll wear a $33,035 base price, including $1,045 for destination.     

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Click or swipe through for tons more photos of the 2019 Honda Passport from our spectacular first drive in Utah.

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