Drive down any suburban street, and you'll see them. They're everywhere. You can't miss them. In virtually every neighborhood, everywhere in America, Honda SUVs can be found. And why wouldn't they? With a long reputation for building solid vehicles, Honda has enjoyed its success by dominating the parking lot at the local soccer games. Still, something has been missing from the Honda SUV lineup. Offering all sizes from small (HR-V), to medium (CR-V), to the largest (Pilot), there was still an area that needed to be filled: the rugged adventurer. That's why, in 2019, Honda reintroduced the world to the Passport.
As the name suggests, this SUV is your passport to adventure. Designed as a more brawny counterpart to the family-centered, three-row Pilot, the 2022 Honda Passport is a roomy, comfortable, V6-powered SUV that is ready to hit the trails. Originally manufactured from 1993 to 2003, the Passport was a small, spartan, 4WD SUV that was the first Honda entry into the expanding SUV market of the 1990s. The current Passport harkens back to that era of sporty utilitarianism while also providing excellent style, comfort, performance, and advanced safety features. We're excited to take you on a journey through this vehicle. Just don't forget to grab your passports!
Horsepower (hp): 280
Cargo Space (cu.ft.): 100.7
Towing (lbs): 5,000
As we're all too aware these days, you cannot sell a car unless it's comfortable and meets all the requirements for modern conveniences. Luckily, the Honda Passport has these in abundance. From comfortable seating and cargo space to legroom and infotainment, the Passport earns its price tag across its three trim levels: EX-L, TrailSport, and Elite.
We'll start with the basics in the EX-L, although this trim is far from basic. You get heated, leather-trimmed power front seats with Driver Memory, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, 11 cup holders, and a one-touch power moonroof. The interior is roomy enough for five adults, with 40.9 inches of legroom up front and 39.6 inches in the back. Cargo capacity is 50 cu.ft. behind the second row and 100 cu.ft. with the 60/40 split second-row seats folded down. There's also an underfloor storage compartment that houses the spare tire and a first-aid kit, with enough room for you to store other essentials for your trip.
As far as comfort technologies go, the 2022 Passport is filled to the brim. Across the trim lineup, you get both Apply CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth audio, wireless phone charging, an 8-inch touchscreen audio display, and USB ports up front and in the second row. On the TrailSport and Elite trims, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation is programmed into the touchscreen audio display. Exclusive to the Elite trim are WiFi hotspot connectivity, a foot-activated power tailgate, a ten-speaker audio system with a subwoofer, and a HondaLink subscription.
Despite some upgrades in the technology, none of the interior dimensions change in the TrailSport or the Elite. However, there are some updates to the interior. The TrailSport, the off-road variant of this Honda SUV, has special badging abundantly placed throughout the vehicle, from the front grille to the interior floor mats and the embossed front seat headrests. The TrailSport badge color is a bright yet slightly muted orange, the color of which comes through in the stitching in the leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel, as well as in the ambient lighting. Meanwhile, the Elite see's an upgrade to 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, leather-trimmed front and rear seats with heating, and ventilated front seats for the driver and co-pilot.
Performance matters in a vehicle that is tuned for adventure. While the Passport may not be as heavy-duty as some of the other off-road vehicles out there, it's still able to hold its own through clever technology and proper engineering.
First, the engine. All three Passport trims come standard with the same engine: a 3.5L V6 making 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The attached transmission is a 9-speed automatic with a shift management system that allows for multiple downshifts as well as total control with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. This engine is rated to tow 3,500 lbs with 2WD or 5,000 lbs with AWD. As for drivetrains, the EX-L trim comes standard with 2WD but can be upgraded to AWD. Both the TrailSport and Elite trims come standard with AWD.
The Passport has gotten the off-road treatment in terms of not only its styling but in its suspension and terrain management systems as well. Maneuverability is essential when tackling even the mildest of off-road trails, which is why the Passport has been engineered with a four-wheel independent suspension system. Each wheel houses its own suspension system that is independent of the others, allowing for maximum maneuverability, as well as increased comfort on pavement. Meanwhile, the torque-vectoring AWD system gets an added boost in traction with the addition of Honda's Intelligent Traction Management System. At the push of a button, the traction of the Passport can be changed to cater to up to three different road conditions: Snow, Sand, and Mud. The 2WD EX-L is available with just snow mode, but upgrading to AWD, which is standard on the TrailSport and Elite, provides the trifecta.
We want to take a brief moment to discuss the TrailSport, which is Honda's new name for its off-road trim. The TrailSport, apart from the unique badging and orange stitching on the leather seats and steering wheel, comes standard with roof rails and a navigation system. The TrailSport also upgrades to 18" aluminum-alloy wheels with rugged design tires. AWD is standard on all TrailSport models throughout the Honda vehicle lineup, as is the full service of the Intelligent Traction Management System.
Automotive safety is key in the modern world. It is no longer enough to simply have airbags and seatbelts at your disposal. Today's vehicles arrive from the factory armed with a full complement of safety technologies ready to keep you and your crew safe should a disaster strike. As the Passport is a great fit for adventurous families, the safety tech offered should help put some minds at ease.
There are no upgrades or added features when it comes to safety features on the 2022 Honda Passport––that's because everything you could want comes standard. The base EX-L trim is outfitted with the very same safety features as the upper-level TrailSport and top-tier Elite. All are equipped with Honda Sensing, which includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Road Departure Mitigation System, a Lane Keeping Assist System, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. Outside of the standard Honda Sensing technologies are a few additional systems, including a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor, Auto High Beam Headlights, and a Rear Seat Reminder.
The 2022 Passport also comes standard with a variety of active and passive safety features. Among the active safety technologies are tire pressure monitoring, LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, vehicle stability assist, and anti-lock brakes. Passive features are what you might expect, the things that keep you safe regardless of advanced technology. These included front, rear, and side curtain airbags, three-point seatbelts, LATCH tethers for child seats, a seat belt reminder, a seat belt tensioning system for the front seats, and rear child safety locks.
HondaLink security and concierge services are available on all three trims, although you will have to sign up for an annual plan to unlock all of the features. These include extra security measures outside the realm of basic safety. Essentially, should your vehicle get stolen, it can be tracked down by Honda's team of security experts. Also, should you get in an accident, Honda can contact emergency services for you, should you be incapacitated. There is a complimentary, one-year subscription trial of Security services for the Passport Elite.
If you're in the market for a Honda and want a dealership that cares enough to develop relationships and trust, we're here for you at Classic Honda of Midland. We aim to provide you with great customer service and an excellent car-buying experience. As a family-owned business, we know the meaning of community. That's why we try to foster a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere for our customers. There's a reason we've earned five consecutive Consumer Satisfaction Awards from DealerRater.
With our straightforward vehicle financing, you'll be able to find the Honda that fits your budget best. We have a full-service department for both personal and commercial vehicles, rental cars, and college graduate programs. If you buy one of our pre-owned vehicles, you will even benefit from our 90-day Powertrain Warranty. We've been serving Midland, Texas, for years, so if you're local and hunting for a Honda, be sure to come visit our W Wall Street dealership. We look forward to seeing you!