Honda introduced the fourth generation of the Passport in 2023 for the 2024 model year, thus expanding its crossover and SUV lineup.
The Japanese automaker worked together with GM and Isuzu to develop a road-oriented off-road vehicle, which resulted in a wide range of vehicles such as the Opel/Vauxhall Frontera in Europe, the Isuzu Amigo/Rodeo/Axiom in the U.S., and the Honda Passport. That badge-engineered product survived until 2002 when Honda pulled back from that project. Still, it kept the nameplate in its basket. In 2019, the Japanese automaker revived it, and in 2023, three decades after the model’s introduction, it launched the fourth generation of the Passport.
In 2023, Honda introduced the fourth generation of the Passport for those families who enjoyed going into the woods for camping. The SUV was better prepared than its larger sibling, the Pilot, and it showed a more off-road-oriented look. The flat front fascia with a massive grille flanked by LED headlights, but despite that, the Passport still kept some of the design language already present on the Civic and the Accord. The profile showed additional plastic cladding around the wheel arches and on the side sills, which emphasized the 8.1-inch (20.5 cm) ground clearance. The short front and rear overhangs confirmed the off-road-oriented nature of the vehicle, while the 110-inch (279 cm) wheelbase ensured customers that the car could cope well with daily traffic situations. At the back, the Passport featured a raked-forward tailgate adorned at the top by a roof spoiler, while underneath the bumper, it sported a black, unpainted plastic area, an underbody plastic shield, and two exhaust pipes on the sides.
Inside, the Passport offered room for up to five passengers. Honda didn’t need another people carrier in its lineup, so it made this SUV with two bucket seats at the front and a split-folding bench in the back. On the dashboard, the automaker ditched any analog dials and placed a digital cluster in front of the driver and a touchscreen for the infotainment system atop the center stack. The center console housed the buttons for the transmission, a charging pad for a mobile phone, and two cup holders. In addition, under the center armrest, the Passport featured a large cubby storage. In the back, the flat floor allowed three passengers to sit comfortably, although the back side of the center console intruded into the middle-seated passenger area. But, at least there was no center tunnel to hump on.
Underneath its skin, Honda installed a platform with independent suspension in all corners and an intelligent all-wheel-drive system based on torque vectoring, which made the vehicle very capable in off-road situations compared to other crossovers on the market. Under the hood was the same 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 that powered the Pilot and the ten-speed automatic transmission.
ENGINE SPECS - 3.5L V6 10AT AWD (280 HP)
|Power:||205.9 KW @ - RPM|
280 HP @ - RPM
276 BHP @ - RPM
|Torque:||262 lb-ft @ - RPM|
355 Nm @ - RPM
|Fuel capacity:||19.5 gallons (73.8 L)|
|Top Speed:||130 mph (209 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||6.7 s|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|
|Length:||189.1 in (4803 mm)|
|Width:||78.6 in (1996 mm)|
|Height:||72.2 in (1834 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||110.9 in (2817 mm)|
|Ground Clearance:||8.1 in (206 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||41.2 cuFT (1167 L)|
|Unladen Weight:||4229 lbs (1918 kg)|