The all-new 2019 Honda Passport adds a rugged SUV to the lineup

The Passport balances capability for handling off-road terrain with comfort for the daily drive.

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport
The all-new 2019 Honda Passport –Honda

The 2019 Honda Passport is an all-new SUV with room for five passengers and the capability to handle off-road adventures. It slots just between the larger Honda Pilot and smaller Honda CR-V offering a mid-size choice with a wide range of safety and convenience features.

Power for the Passport comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with the option for all-wheel drive with variable torque management for improved handling.

This sends up to 70 percent of torque to the rear wheels and further splits that torque 100 percent to either the left or right rear wheel. It ensures torque is going to the wheels that have traction, which gives you better control whether its snowy winter roads or an off-road adventure.

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Adding to the Passport’s capability and handling is standard Intelligent Traction Management. In front-wheel drive models, this system offers normal and snow modes that tailor the powertrain to the current weather and road conditions. All-wheel drive models get a little extra with the addition of sand and mud modes.

It’s a roomy SUV that easily seats five passengers with standard tri-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, and a sliding and reclining second row. All but the base Sport also feature a leather-trimmed interior and heated front seats while the Touring adds a heated second row and the Elite adds ventilation to the front seats.

There’s plenty of room for cargo in the Passport, too, with 41.2 cubic feet of storage behind the second row or you can fold those seats flat for 77.9 cubic feet of room. Since adventuring often includes stowing dirty gear, the rear cargo floor is reversible from carpet to hard plastic to make clean-up easier.

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If that’s not quite enough room for your stuff, there’s an additional 2.5 cubic feet of underfloor storage perfect for stowing wet gear or valuables that should be kept out of sight. Finally, the Passport can tow up to 3,500 pounds with front-wheel drive or 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive, so you won’t have to leave anything behind.

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When it comes to fuel economy, the Passport makes heading out for adventure easier on your wallet. It gets up to an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon in the city, 25 miles per gallon on the highway, and 22 miles per gallon combined. All-wheel drive models see a slight drop to 19 miles per gallon in the city, 24 miles per gallon on the highway, and 21 miles per gallon combined.

Infotainment in the base Passport Sport includes s a five-inch display screen and seven-speaker audio system along with two front USB ports. The Passport EX-L adds an eight-inch high-resolution touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two rear USB ports. Sitting at the top of the lineup, the Touring and Elite add navigation with voice recognition, a 10-speaker audio system, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi to keep everyone connected.

Honda prioritizes safety by making the Honda Sensing safety suite standard across the Passport lineup. It includes forward-collision warning, road-departure mitigation, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.

There’s also a multi-angle rearview camera that includes a bird’s eye view for easy trailer hookups. Additional available safety features include blind-spot information system, rear cross-traffic detection, and both front and rear parking sensors.

The 2019 Honda Passport is available in a range of four trims starting with the base Sport with a price of $33,035. The EX-L comes in at $37,455 while the Touring is priced at $40,325. Add all-wheel drive to any of those trims for $1,900. At the top of the Passport lineup is the Elite with a price of $44,725 and all-wheel drive as a standard feature.

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The Passport adds a rugged trim to the Honda SUV lineup. It balances capability for handling off-road terrain with comfort for the daily drive. Its strong suite of standard safety features gives it added appeal for families and its expansive cargo capacity makes packing easier.

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport is arriving at dealerships this month.