2002 Honda Passport

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2002 Honda Passport Review

Doesn't stand up to competitors.

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Overview

The 2002 Honda Passport is a midsize SUV that arrived in 1993, having the same design as the Isuzu Rodeo. It has two trims available; the LX bases the majority of focus on content, and the EX has features that are more elegant. Both are available in four-wheel- or two-wheel-drive configurations.

The 2002 Honda Passport's square profile adds to the masculinity and good looks. Overall, it's below the competition, even with the added features in hopes of boosting sales and popularity. Some critics say it's simply a poorly-made Rodeo with low-quality construction. However, for most purposes, it's completely satisfactory.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2002 Honda Passport makes no noteworthy changes.

Exterior

The 2002 Honda Passport has body-on-frame construction and four doors. The LX wheelbase is 106.4 inches and extends to 184 inches overall length. The EX rides the same wheelbase but decreases in length by six inches to accommodate the mounted spare tire. The spare sits under the SUV instead of atop the tailgate. The measurements for the 4WD models are 70.4 inches wide and 68.8 inches tall. The tailgate is side-hinged and opens to the left. The rear window is separate and swings upward. The EX has an 8.2-inch ground clearance and sits on 16-inch wheels. The LX has an eight-inch clearance and 15-inch wheels.

The 2002 Honda Passport's appearance enhances with standard features that include flared wheels, roof rack, painted-finish bumpers, steel wheels, rear defogger, all-season tires, intermittent wipers, and matching full-size spare tire on the LX. The EX adds a power glass moonroof, rear privacy glass, and alloy wheels. The distinct-looking body has soft edges, yet rugged character lines around the bumpers and side moldings, an optional Luxury package is available for choosing color-matched fender flares and moldings.

Interior

p> The 2002 Honda Passport holds five passengers in bucket seats in the front and rear bench seat that has three places available. The 60/40-split allows fold-down functionality for more storage space, and 81 cubic feet cargo capacity is available with seats folded. Standard features included are power windows, power locks, cargo cover, air-conditioning, eight-speaker stereo system, cargo net, cruise control, and cloth interior on the LX. The upper-level EX has power heated mirrors, a leather steering wheel, leather upholstery, and wood trim throughout. There are storage pockets behind the seats and in the front doors. Convenient cup holders situate in both front and rear for holding beverages on the go with a front console is that's available for additional storage.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Honda Passport has a 3.2-liter V-6 that generates 205 horsepower with 214 lb-ft torque and mates with an five-speed automatic or four-speed manual. Both four-wheel- and rear-drive configurations are available. The dashboard control engages the system for a four-wheel-drive system that is low-range and not for dry pavement. The properly-equipped SUV can tow up to 4500 pounds.

Safety

The 2002 Honda Passport's safety features include four-wheel ABS, headrests in front and rear, child seat anchors, center rear lap belt, adjustable-height front headrests, electronic brake force distribution, and child rear door safety locks. The crash testing revealed excellence in side-impact for front and rear, receiving five stars in government testing procedures. It gets four stars for passenger safety; however, it only got three stars in driver protection and rollover testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda Passport: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious rear seat
  • Rugged look
  • Low price

You Won't Like

  • Front seats lack comfort
  • Soft suspension
  • Ride quality is poor

Sum Up

Doesn't stand up to competitors.

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