2019 Honda Passport Starts At $32K, Costs More Than Pilot

Honda is reviving the Passport after a 17 year absence and automaker has confirmed the model will carry a base price of $31,990.

While that’s $540 more than the 2019 Pilot, the Passport eschews a traditional base model and instead begins with a generously equipped Sport variant. According to Honda officials, this was done because the company believes buyers will be relatively affluent and don’t want a stripped down crossover.

As a result, the Sport comes nicely equipped with LED headlights, LED fog lights and LED brake lights. Buyers will also find rear privacy glass, remote start and standard 20-inch wheels with a gloss black finish.

The interior is well appointed as the Sport has a tri-zone automatic climate control system, a five-inch infotainment system and a seven-speaker audio system with a subwoofer. Other highlights include a push-button ignition, a tilt / telescopic steering column, a multi-angle rearview camera and 60/40 split rear seats which fold down at the press of a button.

Despite its entry-level status, the Sport comes equipped with adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking and a road departure mitigation system. Other features include a forward collision warning system, a lane departure warning system and lane keeping assist.

The Passport EX-L starts at $36,410 and Honda expects around 50% of customers will opt for this model. Key exterior highlights include an acoustic windshield, a power moonroof and heated side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. The EX-L also boasts a power liftgate and 20-inch wheels with a pewter gray finish.

Moving in the cabin, drivers will be greeted by a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated leather front seats. Speaking of the latter, the driver’s seat has 10-way power adjustment while the front passenger seat only has four-way control.

Those aren’t the only interior highlights as the EX-L has an auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink and an 8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Other features include illuminated front vanity mirrors, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines and a blind spot information system with cross traffic alert.

The luxury oriented Passport Touring starts at $39,280 and comes equipped with an assortment of additional features. These include ambient interior lighting, illuminated front cup holders and heated front / rear seats. Other niceties include GPS navigation, a 115 volt power outlet and a 10-speaker premium audio system with a subwoofer.

The Touring also boasts an assortment of exterior upgrades including roof rails, a hands-free power liftgate and acoustic glass for the front and rear doors. Last but not least, there are power folding side mirrors and front / rear parking sensors.

As the name suggests, the Passport Elite sits at the top of the range. Costing $43,680, the crossover has a heated leather steering wheel and perforated leather front seats with heating and ventilation. Other upgrades include rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors, LED map lights and a conveniently located wireless smartphone charger.

Regardless of which trim level is selected, all 2019 Passports are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp (208 kW / 283 PS) and 262 lb-ft (354 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission which can be paired with an optional all-wheel drive system. The latter is a $1,900 option on all models except the Passport Elite which includes it as standard equipment.

The 2019 Honda Passport will go on sale on February 4th and the company says the crossover costs thousands of dollars less than competitively equipped models such as the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.

Note: Prices exclude a $1,045 destination charge

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  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Where does this fit in their line up wrt the CRV?

    • Bash

      To me, it’s a (how do I put this?) it’s a pilot but it’s different higher sporty trim. So they can charge more, plus the extra charge for the new chrome name glued at the liftgate.

  • MarkoS

    FGS, lets see one without the silly black wheels.

  • Bash

    What is acoustic windshield?

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      I imagine at a certain speed it starts to vibrate in a Woody Guthrie type way?

    • MultiKdizzle

      Think it means laminated.

      • Bash

        so it just flat and boring. how is that a feature!

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          Ummm, that’s not what laminated means.

  • Josh

    The price point of this new segment makes no sense. It is smaller than Pilot and bigger than CRV. Why in the world is it worth more than the Pilot? They are out of their mind. You could get another alternative of the highlander for 31. BASE!
    Or go domestic and get an Explorer for 31. How can you sell a car with less space but costs more than their biggest SUV. I hope it is a flop.

    • Rocket

      Yes, it’s smaller, but the Passport has more standard content than the Pilot. Why? The 2-row segment appeals to a very different demographic. They’re doing the right thing.

    • DM

      IMO pricing is not that strange. Murano and Edge start at around the same, so I guess the Pilot will get a slight base price increase with better options as standard.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      “The price point of this new segment makes no sense.”

      Two row midsize SUV? New segment????

      The 4Runner has been on the market in the US for 35+ years
      The Grand Cherokee has been on the market in the US for 25+ years
      The Murano has been on the market in the US for 15+ years
      The Santa Fe has been on the market in the US for 15+ years
      The Edge has been on the market in the US for 10+ years

      “Why in the world is it worth more than the Pilot?”

      Because this is a higher trim equivalent than the Pilot EX. Why should it cost less when it has far more features?

      “You could get another alternative of the highlander for 31”

      That has a four cylinder and absolutely NO features.

      “Or go domestic and get an Explorer for 31”

      …. and again, get a vehicle with absolutely zero options or active safety tech.

      “How can you sell a car with less space but costs more than their biggest SUV.”

      I wonder how Toyota sells the 4Runner when they could just buy a cheaper Highlander. I wonder how Toyota sells the Land Cruiser when you could just buy a Sequoia. Man, why would anyone buy a Murano when you can just buy a Pathfinder.

      Price overlap has ALWAYS been a thing in the automotive industry. You must be new to this whole thing.

      Go home, its past your bedtime.

  • Rocket

    Despite the lousy gearbox, they’re going to sell a bunch of these. Yes, they’ll cannibalize a few Pilot, RDX and MDX sales, but they’ll also get a whole bunch of CR-V owners to upgrade. Their success will also force Toyota back into the segment – a segment they never should have left.

  • FordMopar

    Honda- I’ll delete the 3rd row but raise the price! Here’s your base model-looking with black front end like most base pickup work trucks!

  • no25

    “cost more than a Pilot”? Customers are going to look at this and say “why not just buy the bigger Pilot, then?”

    • Rocket

      Option-for-option, the Pilot is more expensive.

  • Shelby GT500

    Honda could have called it Pilot SWB)))

    • anthony801

      Or a subaru

  • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

    Honda Pilot Sport is the name. Wth are they thinking for raising a price above the fullsize suv

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Because it is better optioned than the Pilot EX. Why would it be cheaper?

      I can see you’re still commenting on things that you don’t understand.

      • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

        Why are you such a pansy uptight liberal who can’t mind his own business for once? Get a life kid, no one is going to waste time arguing with your petty made up crap.

  • Karl

    My oh my,what beautiful refrigerator you have there Honda!

  • ksegg

    Introducing the new 2004 Honda Passport.

    Did Honda forget we’re in 2019? The “new” car looks so outdated.

    • Joe E

      +1 It reminds me a lot of the new-for-2002 gen-2 CRV

  • Rocket

    You seem to be missing the point. The Pilot is marketed at families, which oftentimes have limited budgets. That’s not the demographic of the 2-row Passport, which is targeting empty nesters and a generally more affluent audience who want something nicer than the CR-V. You can still get a very well equipped Pilot if you have a family as well as money, but for those without the latter you can sacrifice options to get into one for less. Max out the options list on both models, and the Pilot will be more expensive.

    • Stephen G

      Don’t bother trying to make idiots understand, it’s not worth wasting your time.

  • Rocket

    That target market is already fine and growing. And unless you have some seriously good inside information, you have no way of knowing whether or not they’ll profit. I don’t need to see the numbers to know they will most definitely make a profit on this. It’s Honda.

  • dinero99

    YuK.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Overshot the price?

    Look at the:
    Murano
    4Runner
    Grand Cherokee
    Edge

    The Pilot is better optioned while being within $1,000+- of those three above.

    LOL.

  • Infinite1

    When the Oddessey, Ridgeline and Passport all share the same looking front end…

  • rodriguez256

    This is a bit of an awkward reach to get the spare put.

  • Yishay

    I see nothing about this vehicle that says “take me home!” Other than getting on the wagon of this car industry obsession for cross overs/small suv, this doesn’t make any sense at all. Honda already has like 4 suvs on the market already. This is stupid. And to top it off, it’s ugly. You can have an Audi Q5 for around the same price.

  • Eric

    It worked for Porsche…

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