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Our long-term Honda Passport goes to Moab

Once the campgrounds in Moab, Utah opened up, I hightailed it out there for a bit of adventure.

Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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Campgrounds in Moab, Utah reopened in early June and I was lucky enough to snag a reservation in Canyonlands National Park. 

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The rangers required a two-speed transfer case for the route to my campground, so I had to satisfy myself with an off-road loop around the ranger station.

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The Passport has an approach angle of 21.4 degrees, a departure angle of 27.6 degrees and a breakover angle of 17.3 degrees. That's way more than the other soft-roaders in the class.

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It can park on a hill like a boss, too.

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The Passport handled 40 miles of washboard road and an equal amount of muddy, slick road with no problems.

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My colleague Jon Wong drove the Passport in the dirt last year and had a great time.

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The Passport has 8.1 inches of ground clearance. That's not as much as the dirt-worth Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner, but it's an acceptable amount for a family crossover.

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While the Passport doesn't have a low range, its all-wheel-drive system can send 70% of the engine's torque to the rear axle, and put all of that power to the wheel with the most traction.

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The Passport is motivated by a 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

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We'll miss our long-term Honda Passport, nicknamed Swamp Thing for its excellent green metallic paint. 

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Keep scrolling for more photos of this adventure-ready crossover.

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