When Honda decided to revive the Honda Passport after a 17-year hiatus, people hoped that the automaker won’t just come up with a vehicle that’s only suitable as a family hauler. But while the company really did do something more for the model, it didn’t go so far as to make it a full-on traditional SUV either.
Instead, the reborn Passport sits between a family hauler and an adventure vehicle. And although it may not please everyone, it can’t be denied the segment has a strong demand at the moment.
A new version of the Honda Passport for the 2020 model year is arriving in dealerships soon and, like the previous year, it comes with a premium price tag.
The Passport is part of the automaker’s crossover lineup with its size bigger than the compact CR-V and sportier than the family-oriented Honda Pilot. It’s built on the same platform and is powered by the same engine as the Honda Pilot. But the Passport is shorter than its three-row sibling and gives a more athletic experience to owners.
The crossover is available in a two-wheel-drive configuration with its entry-level Passport Sport trim starting with a $31,990 price tag. This puts the Passport $540 more expensive than the Pilot, excluding the $1,095 destination charge. An all-wheel-drive setup will cost an additional $2,000, bringing the total to $35,085 for an AWD adventure.
Also available are three more trim levels: EX-L, Touring, and Elite. The Passport EX-L is offered in both two- and four-wheel-drive setup for $37,505, while the Touring variant comes up to $40,375, both excluding the destination charge.
The Elite trim, meanwhile, is only available in four-wheel-drive and is priced at $44,875 (including delivery). All Passport variants are fitted with 20-inch wheels, a matte black grille, standard Honda Sensing suite, and a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower.