Honda reintroduced the Passport nameplate for the 2019 model year as a shortened, two-row version of its popular Pilot SUV. Size-wise, it slots between the CR-V and Pilot in Honda's lineup. The Passport competes with other five-seat midsize SUVs like the Chevrolet Blazer, Toyota 4Runner, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Nissan Murano.
The Passport is unchanged for 2021.
There's little wrong with the Passport, but it doesn't ascend to the top of its segment like other Hondas. The SUV's standard V-6 and nine-speed automatic combination result in quick acceleration that outpaces most competitors. Honda's packaging expertise is certainly on display here, and with an impressive 41.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second-row seats, this is the most spacious vehicle in its class.
That said, the Passport's steering feels vague and clumsy. We've also noticed that far too much wind and tire noise infiltrates the cabin, which contributed to the Honda's loss in a comparison against the Chevrolet Blazer. It's also frustrating that the rear doors only open to about 70 degrees, making it difficult to install or remove a car seat. If you can look past those minor issues and the fact that it doesn't perform as well in safety tests as the Ford Edge and Subaru Outback, the Passport can be a practical and spacious midsizer.
Like the Pilot with which it shares a platform, the Passport is exclusively powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a nine-speed automatic. AWD is optional; FWD is standard.
The V-6 develops 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque which, in our First Test, helped hustle the Passport to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. That situates the Passport among the quickest vehicles in its segment. Fuel economy is rated at 19-20/24-25 mpg city/highway depending on the drive type.
The IIHS awarded the Passport with a 2019 Top Safety Pick, but the Honda falls short of earning the same designation for the 2020, which has stricter standards. It earns the highest possible ratings in all but one crashworthiness test (small overlap front: passenger-side), a Superior rating for front crash prevention, and an Acceptable headlight rating. The Passport also receives a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, with four-star scores for frontal crash and rollover resistance.
Every Passport comes with the Honda Sensing collection of driver-assist active safety features. That means adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking are standard, and all but the base Passport Sport include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Without the Pilot's third row, the Passport can offer the most cargo volume in its segment. Capacity measures 41.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat and up to 77.9 cubes with the seats folded down. Only the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport comes close, with 40.3 and 77.3 cubic feet in each of those measurements.
Legroom in the Honda is rated at 40.9 inches up front and 39.6 inches in the back.
The base Passport Sport includes a basic 5.0-inch infotainment but it's best avoided if you can. All other trims feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, plus satellite radio capability. Entry-level cars make do with seven-speaker audio, but higher-spec models include a 10-speaker system and integrated navigation.
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