The Honda Passport has made a comeback after a long time, in its third generation at this year’s LA Auto Show.
While the previous two generations are badge-engineered versions of Isuzu Rodeo, the new Passport is based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform and shares much of its underlying structure with the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup, including its monocoque construction.
The mid-size SUV now wears a Honda family face. Exterior highlights include LED headlights with smoked surround, matte black grille and bumper, blacked-out ORVMs and B-pillar, 20-inch black wheels shod with 245/50 all-weather tires, and chrome exhaust tips.
The interior layout is functional and nothing too jazzy. Depending on the trim, the equipment list includes an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay & Android Auto; navigation, 590-watt 10-speaker premium audio system, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, 3-zone climate control, 8-way power driver’s seat, power lumbar support for the driver, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, one-touch power tilt & slide moonroof, 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi, wireless phone charging, rain-sensing wipers, 3-way backup camera with dynamic guidelines, power tailgate with remote & hands-free access.
Cargo volume can be expanded to 77.9 cu. ft. with the second row folded flat
The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver assistance technologies is standard on all 2019 Passport trims. It includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) featuring Forward Collison Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
All models are also equipped with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with an overhead bird’s eye view. Depending on the trim, there is Blind Spot Information and Cross-Traffic Alert is also on offer.
Powering the 2019 Passport is a 3.5-litre (3,471 cc) V6 petrol engine, producing 280 hp at 6,000 rpm and 355 Nm (262 lb-ft) of torque at 4,700 rpm, paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The AWD models come with Intelligent Traction Management with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud modes.
If you’re interested to know the dimensions, the new Passport measures 4,838 mm in length, 1,996 mm in width and 1,818 mm in height. Wheelbase measures 2,794 mm and the AWD gets a ground clearance of 8.4 inches. The Passport can tow 3,500 pound capacity on front-wheel drive models and 5,000 pounds on all-wheel drive models when both are equipped with the optional towing package.
Honda says that the Passport undergone testing in world’s harshest environments, including the sands of Dubai, muddy country roads of Russia, and snowbound trails in Minnesota.