2020 Honda Passport
The nimble, adventurous, and capable 2020 Honda Passport is as easy on the eyes as it is on the trails. The Passport, which reincarnates a model name that Honda stopped using 17 years ago, has established itself as one of the most favored crossovers on the market. Size-wise, it slots between the CR-V and Pilot, making it just right: it’s not bulky yet it’s large enough to carry whomever and whatever you need – even off the pavement. A fully independent suspension, Intelligent Traction Management, and available torque-vectoring all-wheel drive combine with the Passport’s rugged construction to make this exciting vehicle a thrill to take onto the dusty trails.
Trims and Powertrain
The 2020 Honda Passport can seat five passengers and is sold in four trim levels: Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Each version is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pounds-feet of torque mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Sport, EX-L, and Touring trims and allows for up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity. All-wheel drive, which allows the Passport to tow up to 5,000 lb., is standard on the Elite and optional on the other trims.
Comfort and Convenience
The base trim, the Sport, contains some nice features, such as LED exterior lights, push-button ignition, tri-zone automatic climate control, a one-touch fold-down 60/40 split rear seat, and a rearview camera. The EX-L is upgraded with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, memory functions for the driver’s seat and side mirrors, power-adjustable heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a power tailgate. The well-equipped Touring trim gets roof rails, ambient interior lighting, hands-free tailgate access, and heated rear seats, while the top-notch Elite maxes out the comfort factor with a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats.
Safety and Technology
Each of the 2020 Honda Passport trims provides Honda’s Sensing suite of driver-assist technologies. On the Sport trim, this bundle includes lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, collision mitigation braking, a road departure mitigation system, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. The remaining trims are enhanced with a blind-spot information system and cross-traffic monitoring.
The Sport receives a 5-inch infotainment touchscreen, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capabilities, a USB charge port, and 12-volt power outlets in the front and center consoles. The EX-L gets an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, SMS text message functionality, and satellite and HD radio. The Touring trim gets an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot, a 115-volt power outlet, and a premium-quality 10-speaker audio system. If you decide to cash in on the Elite, a wireless smartphone charger will be among your rewards.