2022 Honda Passport Evaluate | Shorty nonetheless impresses

There’s no getting round it: the 2022 Honda Passport is a sawed-off Pilot. This two-row midsize SUV presents a nimbler, more-compact (however nonetheless very utilitarian) different for patrons who need a midsize SUV for hauling a lot of issues, reasonably than a lot of folks.

Whereas the Passport might seem to be an goal downgrade from the three-row, elementary-school-drop-off-approved Pilot, the Passport nonetheless presents a positively cavernous rear cargo space that may be accessed on a regular basis, reasonably than simply when the rearmost row is folded. It’s additionally shorter length-wise, making it lighter, extra environment friendly, faster off the road and simpler to park. For many who aren’t frequently known as upon for soccer observe chauffeur duties, the Passport truly makes quite a lot of sense.

It additionally stacks up nicely to its various group of rivals. It’s extra on-road pleasant and gas environment friendly than the Toyota 4Runner, but extra rugged and utilitarian than the equally sized Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. It additionally has extra space than the admittedly extra luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokee and sportier Chevy Blazer. In different phrases, it’s considerably a midpoint between all of them.

Inside & Know-how   |   Passenger & Cargo House   |   Efficiency & Gas Financial system

What it is wish to drive   |   Pricing & Options   |   Crash Rankings & Security Options

What’s new for 2022?

The Passport acquired some styling upgrades for 2022, leaning into its extra 4×4-esque nature. There’s even an entire new mannequin to assist this notion — the Passport TrailSport. This takes the already-vaguely-rugged two-row’s system to a barely extra off-roady degree, packing a extra no-nonsense inside, beefier tires and a few distinctive styling parts to set it aside from its more-pedestrian siblings. Sadly, the earlier Sport mannequin has been dropped fully, considerably bumping up the Passport’s base value.

What are the Passport’s inside and in-car expertise like?

Should you’re making an attempt to decide on between Passport and Pilot, the inside design will not be of any assist: they’re similar. That is not essentially a nasty factor. Each share a standard look that is clear and useful, however hardly as visually fascinating as what you’d discover in a Chevy Blazer or Hyundai Santa Fe. Materials high quality could be very robust for this section and all the pieces is put collectively exceedingly nicely.

Additionally shared with the Pilot is the distinctive inside storage. There are a number of door bins, two cupholders in every rear door, two areas to retailer a smartphone up entrance, and the large heart bin is sufficiently big to cover a handbag beneath its flat rolling cowl. There’s much more storage beneath the cargo flooring, together with a plastic bin that may be simply cleaned and drained.

Inside tech is much less spectacular. There may be a whole lot of it commonplace, true, however the means wherein it’s managed can frustrate. There are inadequate menu buttons, no tuning knob and/or direct tune operate, and the method for going between Honda and Apple/Android interfaces is excessively annoying. Many of those points had been corrected for the vastly improved system within the Accord and Odyssey, however the Pilot/Passport/Ridgeline household soldier on with ye olde interface. If there is a purpose to ponder one thing aside from the Passport, this would definitely be it.

How massive is the Passport?

For a midsize two-row crossover, the Passport gives an unlimited, space-efficient inside. Solely the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport comes near its passenger and cargo house. The second row presents plentiful head- and legroom, whereas additionally sliding significantly to carry youngsters nearer to oldsters up entrance or to release cargo house. Want to suit a rear-facing baby seat? No downside. There’s greater than sufficient house between rows and decrease LATCH anchors for all three positions.

The cargo space will not be solely the most important within the section, however arguably essentially the most versatile as nicely. Apart from increasing due to the sliding again seat, it additionally homes a big bin beneath the ground that may conceal valuables or safe soiled objects from the clear inside (it will also be eliminated to be cleaned). The cargo space itself is deep, broad, tall and presents 41.2 cubic toes of house — way over anything within the section not named Atlas. The identical might be stated when the seats are lowered, with 77.9 cubic toes of most house. You’d need to step as much as an extended three-row mannequin just like the Pilot to get extra.

What are the Passport gas financial system and efficiency specs?

The Passport has just one engine and transmission providing: a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 paired to a nine-speed automated and both commonplace front-wheel drive or non-compulsory all-wheel drive. This engine is powerful, clean and in accordance with the 0-60 occasions posted by varied publications, acceleration might be the strongest within the section. Gas financial system scores are typical: 20 mpg metropolis, 25 mpg freeway and 22 mpg mixed with FWD, and 19/24/21 with AWD (together with TrailSport). Confirming the freeway quantity, we achieved 24.8 mpg in 340 miles of largely rural freeway driving.

The usual Passport can tow as much as 3,500 kilos, which is about common within the section. The TrailSport bumps that to five,000 kilos with its cheap utility bundle, besting even the  AWD Chevy Blazer, which boasts as much as 4,500 kilos of trailering capability.

What is the Passport wish to drive?

Quite a bit like a Pilot! The springs are barely stiffer, so the Passport does not bob and roll as a lot on the highway because the extra boatlike Honda Pilot. Its steering can also be barely sharper. Then once more, it exhibits a reluctance to be hustled alongside a windy highway, just like its massive sibling. In different phrases, regardless of being sportier-feeling than the Pilot, remains to be not a sporty automobile total (nearly the identical factor might be stated of the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport). Consider it as a extra comfy, refined and spacious different to the rugged, outdoorsy Toyota 4Runner. For many who are on the lookout for that rugged edge, observe that the TrailSport’s knobby 18-inch tires do contribute a bit extra highway noise however their taller sidewalls make for a wonderful experience.

The one actual wart is the nine-speed automated transmission. Although improved from different iterations that at all times appear to be within the fallacious gear or sluggish to have interaction the right one, there are nonetheless moments of surprising conduct. There is usually a little an excessive amount of engine braking off throttle, for example, as when you’re within the fallacious gear. The Sport mode additionally makes the transmission a bit foolish in its aggressiveness — you’ll be able to’t use it round city with out it herking and jerking you about. It additionally too-quickly overrides decrease gears which were manually chosen by the included shift paddles. That is annoying on downhill grades. If the automobile is simply going to take over, why embody the paddles in any respect?

What different Honda Passport evaluations can I learn?

2019 Honda Passport Elite Evaluate

We check the best Passport trim degree, that includes all of the bells and whistles potential. We additionally took it on a highway journey to see the way it handles the kind of family-oriented outside adventures it was apparently designed for.

2019 Honda Passport

 

We go glamping within the 2019 Honda Passport

The Passport is squarely aimed toward of us of their 30s, with or with out youngsters, who need to take their SUV on outdoorsy weekend adventures. So we did simply that. 

 

2019 Honda Passport First Drive Evaluate

Our First Drive Evaluate of the 2019 Honda Passport. We talk about why the Passport, which does not break a lot new floor or stand out within the section in any goal approach, might transfer the needle for Honda within the nice crossover wars.

2019 Honda Passport

 

Honda Passport vs. the competitors

You may take a look at our in depth comparability of the Passport and a few of its rivals. Notice that the Santa Fe has been considerably up to date for 2021 and the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport has been launched since this was printed.

2019 Honda Passport comparison

 

Honda Passport Inside Storage Deep Dive

OK, so we truly did this with the Pilot, however at the very least 90% of all the pieces we cowl additionally applies to the Passport inside.

 

How a lot is the 2022 Passport’s value and what options can be found?

Pricing for the 2021 Honda Passport begins at $39,095 for the bottom EX-L trim with front-wheel drive (all costs embody the $1,125 vacation spot cost). All-wheel drive is a $2,000 possibility and brings with it a particular Snow/Sand/Mud driving mode. AWD is commonplace on the TrailSport and Elite.

Customary gear is above-average with 20-inch gloss-black wheels, the driving force help tech listed within the security part beneath, an influence liftgate, a sunroof, leather-based seating, heated entrance seats, automated LED headlights, LED fog lights, rear privateness glass, proximity entry and push-button begin, tri-zone automated local weather management, a manually height-adjustable driver seat, fabric upholstery, USB cost factors in each rows and the middle console, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a seven-speaker sound system.

TrailSport brings its personal styling and commonplace all-wheel drive, plus a set of 18-inch all-terrain-ish Firestone tires meant to look the half.

Stepping as much as the Elite is steep, but it surely provides a lot well-liked gear like ventilated entrance seats, heated rear seats, rear window sunshades and 4 USB ports, that we’re guessing most consumers will find yourself selecting one. It will be an excellent name.

A full breakdown of every trim and its options, specs and native pricing might be discovered right here on Autoblog.

  • EX-L: $39,095
  • EX-L AWD: $41,195
  • TrailSport: $43,695
  • Elite: $46,665

What are the Passport’s security scores and driver help options?

The Passport comes commonplace with the “Honda Sensing” suite of security options that features ahead collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping help, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning and adaptive cruise management.

Whereas it’s nice that each one these techniques are commonplace, they are not the best-executed driver help options. They’re Honda’s previous-generation techniques, versus the up to date ones within the Odyssey and Accord. The lane-keeping help and highway departure mitigation are far too delicate or susceptible to false alarms with loud warnings of BRAKE! within the instrument panel accompanied by beeping. This may happen when not crossing both lane line. The adaptive cruise management system can also be one of many least refined and probably annoying examples available on the market. We go into extra element about this in our overview of the Passport Elite.

In authorities crash testing, the Passport obtained a five-star total rating. It acquired 4 stars for frontal crash safety and 5 stars for aspect safety. Its rollover rating was 4 stars. The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security gave the Passport the best-possible ranking of “Good” in all crash checks however the brand new IIHS small overlap entrance: passenger aspect check the place it acquired a second-best “Common.” The frontal crash prevention system (vehicle-to-vehicle) had beforehand obtained the second-best “Superior” ranking, however scores for 2022 had not be printed on the time of this writing. Ditto its headlight scores.

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