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1998 Honda Passport

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1998 Honda Passport Review

An SUV that offers style and comfort.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1998 Honda Passport classifies as a sport utility vehicle that strikes a good balance between power, performance, comfort, and price. The Passport can drive down dirt roads one day and through the suburbs on another without missing a beat. While it doesn’t focus on roadway performance, the Passport still has more than ample offroad capabilities to satisfy most drivers.

The Honda Passport shares its design with the Isuzu Rodeo, which offers a similar combination of performance and value. This potentially works for or against the Passport. Since both SUVs perform so similarly, they can be quite interchangeable. This means the Passport, with a good price, offers a better value over the Rodeo. Both the Passport and Rodeo provide good SUV options, but the similar design means you should see which one currently offers the best value.

The Range

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

What's New

The 1998 Honda Passport gets completely designed from the previous year’s model.

Exterior

Measuring 184.1 inches long, the 1998 Honda Passport provides a fairly modest-sized SUV. The styling looks typical for this type of vehicle, but it looks good with a good mixture of curves to smooth out the blocky outline. Alloy wheels and a roof rack come standard. The LX uses power locks, while the Passport EX includes keyless entry, a power moonroof, power heated mirrors, and an anti-theft alarm system.

Interior

For an SUV, the 1998 Honda Passport has a good list of standard features. Air-conditioning, cruise control, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player come standard on the Passport LX. The optional features list gets a bit light with only leather seating and a CD player.

Performance & Handling

The Passport delivers a good performance overall. The 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine gives the Passport good acceleration, especially for a vehicle of its size. The Passport feels very maneuverable with good handling and turning. In addition, the 1998 Honda Passport has enough power to perform well offroad thanks to its relatively powerful engine and standard four-wheel drive. While some SUVs beat the Passport on roadways or offroad, very few execute both types of driving as well.

Safety

The 1998 Honda Passport includes dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment.

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda Passport: 16/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Solid base engine
  • Good handling
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Fairly low price tag

You Won't Like

  • Tough competition

Sum Up

An SUV that offers style and comfort.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Acura SLX
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Ford Expedition
  • GMC Yukon
  • Isuzu Rodeo
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Toyota 4Runner
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