2019 Honda Passport Is For Anyone Who Wants A Larger CR-V

Honda’s 2019 Passport crossover is scheduled to go on sale early next year. Until then, potential buyers can admire it in person by visiting the LA Auto Show, open November 30th until December 9th.

According to Honda, the Passport can provide a unique blend of “on-road driving refinement and off-road adventure capability.” It’s also been described as larger and more rugged than the CR-V, yet smaller and sportier than the Pilot.

Speaking of rugged looks, the Passport comes with black plastic body cladding, generous ground clearance, LED lighting units, a dual exhaust system and standard 20-inch alloy wheels. For the LA Auto Show, Honda went with sort of a dark themed spec, boasting a dark grey exterior, black wheels, black mirror covers, black accessories and tinted windows.

Plenty of decent onboard tech

The cabin of the Passport resembles that of the larger Pilot, while available features include an 8-inch infotainment display (on EX-L specs and higher), tri-zone automatic climate control, heated leather seats, a moonroof, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, power front seats, and a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines.

Opt for either a Touring or Elite variant and you gain ambient interior lighting, a ten-speaker audio system, heated rear seats, gloss black interior trim and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Passport, which shares most of its underpinnings with the Pilot and Ridgeline, is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine, producing 280 HP (283 PS) and 262 lb-ft (354 Nm) of torque, channeled through a nine-speed automatic and an optional torque vectoring all-wheel drive system.

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  • SpongeBob99Swell

    ..but with more pizzazz than the vanilla CR-V, and with more promised capability (the pretty high ground clearance is a good start)

  • danno

    Palisade over this all day long.

    • no25

      ??? The Palisade doesn’t even compete with this. But whatever keep your poor excuse of a design Palisade.

      • danno

        Competes all day long.

        • metric

          It does not compete with the Palisade! The Palisade is a 3 row that is over 6″ longer and starts $3K higher. True competitors to the Passport are, Santa Fe, Edge and Murano to name a few….

    • bd0007

      The Palisade competes w/ the Pilot.

      This competes w/ the Santa Fe, Sorento, Edge, Murano, etc.

      Don’t know why Honda made the Passport (and Pilot) so dull/generic looking (the CR-V is the best looking Honda CUV).

      It’s like Honda designers are incapable of coming out w/ a sleek but non-fussy design (compare the Mazda3 to the Civic).

  • MarketAndChurch

    I like it, but will only get it if it is a hybrid.

  • charlotteharry57

    So, the question is…will this increase Honda’s total sales? Unless GM and/or Ford go out of business, probably not. Why?
    1. There are just WAY too many competitors now on the market, with more (ugh) coming.
    2. Folks that moved into a Pilot to get more room than a CR-V but really didn’t want THAT much will downsize, and vice-versa. Most sales, I predict, will be to existing Honda customers. The Pilot is being slaughtered by the Highlander, and this doesn’t do much to improve Honda’s position. EXCEPT that Toyota doesn’t yet have a direct competitor, but I’m sure one is being hastily cobbled together. Stay tuned.

  • David Fagerstrom

    For those of us with a 6-cyl Rav4, this looks like a great option.

  • Toronado_II

    The wheels seems too small.

  • bd0007

    Yeah, totally a “bland-mobile.”

    Nonetheless, Honda will still sell boatloads of it.

  • Bill Nguyen

    Looks like every SUV ever then 😉

  • Honda NSX-R

    If it was a little bit longer it’d probably look better

  • Vanishing Boy

    I miss the days when the Element still exists. That box has more personality than any of the Honda CUVs currently offers right now. 🙁

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