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1995 Honda Passport Review

A more expensive replica of the Isuzu Trooper.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1995 Honda Passport is a compact SUV and is Honda’s first entry into the United States sport utility vehicle (SUV) market. The design and build were created by Isuzu, which sells the same truck under the Rodeo nameplate. This is the result of a partnership between the two Japanese automobile manufacturers. It is, in essence, an SUV wagon based on a pickup truck. The Jeep Cherokee and Mitsubishi Montero Sport share this same characteristic.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.6-liter four-cylinder, 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Honda Passport DX, Honda Passport LX, Honda Passport EX

What's New

The 1995 Honda Passport undergoes very few changes for its second year of sales. The only exception is the high-end EX model, which receives additional extra features. It does get some midyear changes, but it's confined to the interior. The dashboard is reworked, and airbags are added for both the driver and passenger.

Exterior

The wheelbase of the 1995 Honda Passport is 108.5 inches, and its total length is 176.5 inches. The DX and LX have a width of 66.5 inches, while the top-end EX model is wider at 68.5 inches. The EX is also taller than the DX and LX with the latter two measuring 65.5 inches and the former measuring 66.3 inches.

Interior

The 1995 Honda Passport is very spacious inside. Legroom and headroom are plentiful for all occupants. However, the step-up height of the SUV makes entry and exit a little difficult. The rear seats are even more difficult to enter and exit because the doors are too narrow. The cargo area is big, but the large spare tire takes up most of it. However, the rear seatback can be folded down completely flat to increase the cargo space whenever required. The new dashboard that was introduced midyear is a lifesaver. Earlier models had a confusing control layout, and the radio controls were a little too low for easy access. However, the new dashboard design changes this and makes the controls easier to use.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Honda Passport is available with two engines. The first is a 2.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 120 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. The second is a 3.2-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 175 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come with a five-speed manual transmission, but only the V-6 engine gets an automatic transmission option. The V-6 engine is significantly quieter, smoother, and more powerful than the four-cylinder engine. However, as compared to other V-6 engines used in rival SUVs from Ford, GM, and Jeep, this particular V-6 engine lacks enough low-end power. Nevertheless, the engine works well with both transmissions. It has strong off-road capabilities, especially with the four-wheel drive. This, however, comes at the sacrifice of passenger comfort. However, the SUV still offers tight and responsive steering.

Safety

The 1995 Honda Passport got four stars for driver safety and three stars for passenger safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda Passport: 15/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Strong off-roader
  • Spacious cabin
  • Anti-lock brakes

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Noisy cabin

Sum Up

A more expensive replica of the Isuzu Trooper.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Isuzu Rodeo
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Ford Explorer
  • Chevrolet Blazer
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