2019 Honda Passport
The 2019 Honda Passport makes its impressive return after the original model by this name was discontinued in 2002. The all-new rugged midsized crossover brings utility and road-trip excitement to its segment as it fills Honda’s gap between the CR-V and Pilot. Four trim levels are available – the Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite, each with its own list of standard features. As for options, there are several levels of an Adventure Package that add elements like a trailer hitch, running boards, and fender flares, and an Urban Package assortment that adds roof rails, rear underbody spoilers, and more.
Each Passport comes with Honda’s 3.5-liter 280 horsepower V6 engine paired with a nine-speed transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard on the Sport, EX-L, and Touring, and all-wheel drive is standard on the top-of-the-line Elite and optional on the other three trims. A properly equipped ’19 Passport can tow up to 5,000 pounds, making it great for outdoor activities, such as snowmobiling and boating. Pair this with the four-mode Intelligent Traction Management system with settings for Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand to be ready to explore all terrains.
The Passport’s instrument cluster gets a standard 7-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) display; the Sport trim comes with a 5-inch LCD non-touchscreen display while the rest of the trims get an 8-inch touchscreen. The infotainment is Android-based and supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Buyers of the Touring and Elite trims will get a Wi-Fi hotspot and navigation system along with a 10-speaker premium audio system (Sport and EX-L get a six-speaker audio system). You’ll feel more at ease when you’re backing up, thanks to the multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines. Available upgrades include a heated steering wheel, ambient lighting, a power liftgate with optional hands-free operation, wireless phone charging, a sunroof, and 4g LTE hotspot capability (which comes with a 90-day/3GB trial).
The excellent Honda Sensing driver assistance active safety package comes standard on all trims. Among the crash-mitigating features in this bundle is lane keeping assist, which alerts the driver when it senses a swerving pattern into another lane without use of the turn signal. The adaptive cruise control system automatically preserves a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, adjusting to match their speed and braking. The collision mitigation braking system assists in applying brakes when it senses that a collision is unavoidable. The EX-L and above get a blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert. Crash-test data has not been released yet for the ’19 Passport, but Honda expects it to be an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Comfort and Convenience
The Passport has a spacious and high-quality interior that will keep five passengers comfortable. With the second row in use, there is still a generous 41.2 cubic feet of storage, but folding down the rear seat increases that to 77.9 cubic feet of room, enough for camping equipment, mountain bikes, or several people’s luggage. There is also some clever hidden storage underneath the rear load floor. Push-button start, keyless entry, and three-zone climate control all come standard on the 2019 Passport. Attractive and durable cloth fabric seats come on the Sport, with leather on EX-L, Touring, and Elite.