2019 Honda Passport Review, Release Dates, Prices

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport 5-passenger V6-powered SUV made its world debut. Going on sale early this year, the Passport provides a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road adventure capability along with best-in-class interior space.

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport will slot between the compact CR-V and three-row Pilot in Honda's award-winning SUV lineup. The model's reinforced unibody frame, powerful direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine, fully independent suspension and nimble steering make it an ideal choice for driving long distances or around town. In addition, the robust off-road capability offered by the available Honda i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and its four-mode Intelligent Traction Management system means Passport can tackle the kind of tough terrain normally reserved for less refined body-on-frame or off-road focused SUVs.

Additional key product highlights include:

  • Standard 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter, direct-injected V6 engine with i-VTEC valvetrain mated to latest-generation 9-speed automatic transmission

  • Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) torque-vectoring all-wheel drive enhances on- and off-road performance

  • Intelligent Traction Management system with available Snow, Sand and Mud modes help optimize performance for varying surface conditions

  • Standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology

  • Standard 20-inch alloy wheels and tires on all trims

  • Best-in-class underfloor cargo storage

  • Wide range of Honda accessories for active lifestyles, including Adventure and Urban accessory packages

POWERTRAIN

Every 2019 Honda Passport trims are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 peak horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, placing the Passport in the top of its class for standard horsepower in a segment where some competitors offer less powerful 4-cylinder engines as standard equipment. The Honda i-VTEC V6 is mated to the latest-generation of Honda's 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT) that is offering smooth and responsive power delivery.

At the heart of the robust all-weather and off-road driving capabilities is Honda's available i-VTM4 all-wheel drive system. Unlike most competing systems, i-VTM4 uses active torque vectoring to send up to 70 percent of engine torque to the rear axle and 100 percent of that torque to either the left or right rear wheels. This capability gives the 2019 Honda Passport excellent handling in all conditions, such as rain-slicked or snowy roads or sandy trails, while also contributing to more responsive performance by overdriving the outside rear wheel in turns. In addition, the Intelligent Traction Management (ITM) is standard on both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive Passport. In all-wheel drive applications, the four-mode ITM systems works in conjunction with i-VTM4, allowing drivers to customize powertrain performance for different weather and terrain, including sand, snow and mud. In front-wheel drive models, the system has two modes for normal and snow conditions.

The 2019 Honda Passport is well equipped for towing, with 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. The Passport is the gateway to adventure being able to tow camping trailers, boats, or haulers, over more rugged terrain. The standard multi-view rear-view camera makes connecting to a trailer easier than ever with its overhead option giving the driver a bird's eye view of the hitch and trailer.

SPECIFICATION

Engine Type

V6

Displacement

3471 cc

Horsepower (SAE net)

280 @ 6000 rpm

Torque (SAE net)

262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

Bore and Stroke

89 mm x 93 mm

Compression Ratio ​​ 

11.5:1

Valve Train

24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

Fuel Injection

Direct

Eco Assist System

Standard on all

Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)

Standard on all

Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM)

Standard on all

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

Standard on all

Hill Start Assist

Standard on all

Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer

Standard on all

Idle-Stop

Standard on all

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission Type

9-Speed Automatic Transmission (9AT) with Shift-By-Wire (SBW) and Paddle Shifters

Layout/drive

Front engine/FWD or AWD

Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD System

Standard on Elite, optional on Sport EX-L Touring

Intelligent Traction Management

Snow (2WD)

Snow/Sand/Mud (AWD)

Fuel Tank Capacity

19.5 gal

Required Fuel

Regular Unleaded

EPA FUEL ESTIMATED (mpg)

2WD

20 City/ 25 Highway/ 22 Combined

AWD

19 City/ 24 Highway/ 21 Combined

PERFORMANCE

Max. Speed

112 mph

Zero to 60 mph

5.8 sec (AWD)

Zero to 100 mph

16.1 sec

Standing ¼-mile

14.6 sec @ 96

Towing Capacity (2WD/AWD)

3500 lbs / 5000 lbs

INTERIOR

The 2019 Honda Passport modern and sophisticated interior design offers ample space for five people and provides class-leading passenger volume of 115.9 cu.-ft. and best-in-class total interior volume of 157.1 cu.-ft. From Sport to Elite trims, the Passport features high-quality interior appointments including attractive and durable cloth on Sport or perforated leather on EX-L, Touring and Elite trims, a blackout headliner, and generous use of soft-touch surfaces on the dash and doors.

The Passport's interior also offers class-leading utility. Behind the second row of seats is a cargo area generously sized for weekend camping trips or excursions to the home improvement store, with 41.2 cu. ft. of space, expandable to 77.9 cu. ft. with the second row folded flat, which is more than enough to accommodate mountain bikes or a week's worth of camping gear. From the cargo area, the second-row seatback fold with the push of a button, and the Passport's main cargo floor is reversible between carpeted and easy-to-clean hard plastic surfaces. The Passport features class-leading underfloor storage, with 2.5 cu. ft. of easily accessible compartmented storage, which can be accessorized with removable washable bins, including a custom bin for storing the available accessory trailer hitch receiver.

The 2019 Honda Passport offers generous storage space for front seat passengers, including a huge center console bin between the front seats with a rolling cover that serves as a tray when closed. Additional storage is found in the doors and ahead of the push-button gear selector.

DIMENSIONS (in.)

Overall Length

190.5

Overall Width

78.6

Overall Height (2WD/AWD)

71.6 in / 72.2

Wheelbase (2WD/AWD)

110.98 / 110.91

Max Cargo Capacity (behind 2nd-row)

41.2 cu. ft.

Max Cargo Capacity (behind 1nd-row)

77.9 cu. ft.

Curb Weight (2WD/AWD)

3959 lbs / 4149 lbs

Seating Capacity

5

TRIM LEVELS & PRICING

The 2019 Honda Passport is available in four trim levels: Sport, EX-L, Touring and Elite. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Sport, EX-L and Touring. All-wheel drive is standard on the Elite and optional on the other three trim levels.

Standard feature for the Sport include 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless access and ignition, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, Bluetooth, a 5-inch central display and a seven-speaker audio system. The EX-L adds a power liftgate, a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, blind-spot monitoring, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, extra USB ports, satellite radio and an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen.

The 2019 Honda Passport Touring is a bit more comfortable and versatile thanks to features such as heated rear seats, a 10-speaker sound system, a hands-free liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, a 115-volt power outlet and integrated navigation. The Elite trim adds to the Touring trim level with auto-dimming side mirrors, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, LED interior lighting and a wireless smartphone charging pad.

MSRP for all 2019 Honda Passport is as follow:

Model

*MSRP

Sport (2WD)

$33,035

Sport (AWD)

$34,935

EX-L (2WD)

$37,455

EX-L (AWD)

$39,355

Touring (2WD)

$40,325

Touring (AWD)

$42,225

Elite (AWD)

$44,725

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ *MSRP plus $1,045 destination charge. Dealer prices may vary.

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