2019 Honda Passport - Only the Name Is Old

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
2019 honda passport only the name is old

LOS ANGELES – Chevrolet brought the Blazer name back, and Ford is about to bring back the Bronco. What’s next, a Honda Passport?

That’s not a joke – the company really is resurrecting the Passport moniker. It will be slapped on an all-new five-seat crossover for the 2019 model year.

(Full disclosure: Honda paid for Uber rides for journalists to attend their event in Los Angeles).

Set to slot in between the CR-V and the Pilot in Honda’s utility lineup, the Passport will get V6 power to the tune of 280 horsepower/262 lb-ft of torque and a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive with torque vectoring is available, front-wheel drive is standard. The torque-vectoring system can send up to 70 percent of the torque to the rear axle and up to 100 percent to either rear wheel.

A drive-mode selector that includes Snow, Sand, and Mud modes will be available, and 20-inch wheels are standard. Also standard is Honda’s suite of driver-assist and safety tech, including such features as adaptive cruise control and collision-mitigation braking. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, as well, and so is an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot.

Trims include Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Available features not already listed above include navigation, satellite radio, leather seats, power liftgate, heated rear seats, cooled front seats, heated front seats, and wireless cell-phone charger. Satellite radio and premium audio are also available.

As with other Hondas, the volume knob returns to the radio, but the shifter for the transmission continues to be one of the silly push-button units the company seems so fond of these days.

My initial take on seeing it in person is that it’s a bit plain-looking yet handsome, and it’s going to sell like crazy. One of the two Passports on hand for assembled media to crawl around in had leather seats, and the interior looked quite upscale. Given the success of the CR-V and the general market shift to crossovers, I think Honda has a winner on its hands — and I haven’t even driven it yet.

Sorry for the pics, folks, but event spaces don’t make for the best backgrounds. Trust me when I say this thing is gonna sell.

[Images © 2018 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Nov 28, 2018

    Wait isn't this the CR-V? Oh silly me we make the same exact thing four times, change a teency bit, and tell you its different.

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    • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Nov 28, 2018

      @gtem Yeah..that POS ZF takes it out of the running for me! I’d rather have an exploding turbocharger than deal with that mess of a transmission!

  • Wdburt1 Wdburt1 on Nov 28, 2018

    I have been waiting for years (since 2008, to be specific) for Honda to return to the 8-and-4 spokes in the steering wheel. I want to drive with one hand locked around one of those spokes. I feel weird trying to drive with one hand on a centered spoke, and refuse to keep my arms in the air (inviting carpal tunnel) at 10-and-2 like the nannies insist. My arms are attached to the side of my body, not the center. Trying to drive with one hand in your lap looks like--well, you know what. So I am driving a 2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6 approaching 40,000 miles and a higher-mileage 2006 CR-V, to deal with western New York's winters. Love e'm both, but maybe there's hope for a new Honda after all.

  • SCE to AUX I charge at home 99% of the time, on a Level 2 charger I installed myself in 2012 for my Leaf. My house is 1967, 150-Amp service, gas dryer and furnace; everything else is electric with no problems. I switched from gas HW to electric HW last year, when my 18-year-old tank finally failed.I charge at a for-pay station maybe a couple times a year.I don't travel more than an hour each way in my Ioniq 1 EV, so I don't deal much with public chargers. Despite a big electric rate increase this year, my car remains ridiculously cheap to operate.
  • ToolGuy 38:25 to 45:40 -- Let's all wait around for the stupid ugly helicopter. 😉The wheels and tires are cool, as in a) carbon fiber is a structural element not decoration and b) they have some sidewall.Also like the automatic fuel adjustment (gasoline vs. ethanol).(Anyone know why it's more powerful on E85? Huh? Huh?)
  • Ja-GTI So, seems like you have to own a house before you can own a BEV.
  • Kwik_Shift Good thing for fossil fuels to keep the EVs going.
  • Carlson Fan Meh, never cared for this car because I was never a big fan of the Gen 1 Camaro. The Gen 1 Firebird looked better inside and out and you could get it with the 400.The Gen 2 for my eyes was peak Camaro as far as styling w/those sexy split bumpers! They should have modeled the 6th Gen after that.