2022 Honda Passport Drops Base Trim, Wears New Higher Price

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
2022 honda passport drops base trim wears new higher price

If you’re looking to get behind the wheel of Honda’s entrant in the two-row midsize crossover segment, be prepared to open your wallet a bit further than last year. A first blush, it might appear as if Honda jacked prices skyward by five grand but the reality is actually a lot simpler – they simply binned the base model.

In the 2021 model year, it was possible to find an entry-level Passport Sport (PasSport?) wearing a sticker of $32,790. If you were able to slum it with the poors and endure the ignominy of cloth seats and a manually-operated hatch, it may have been a good fit. For 2022, the Passport EX-L now represents the entry point of Honda’s 5-passenger rig, priced at $37,870.

The company asserts this decision is “reflecting customer demand” which generally means no one was buying the cheapest model. However, we will point out the Sport had several unique bits, including those cloth seats mentioned earlier. Surely economies of scale dictate that installing the same seats in all Passports will be pleasing to Honda’s pencil-necked beancounters. There’s no need to order manual tailgates from the supplier anymore, either.

To be sure, there is a price hike to the tune of about $1,000 across the board, but that’s par for the course these days. Inserting itself into the Honda lineup, and ostensibly replacing the Touring trim in the Passport pecking order, is the new TrailSport. That variant is designed in the image of machines such as the Outback Wilderness, adding 0.4 inches of track width and more aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers. Ground clearance is exactly the same as other all-wheel-drive trims, however, at 8.1 inches. All Passports wear new clothes ahead of the A-pillar for 2022, incorporating a fresh squared-off nose and more upright grille. If you think it’s attempting to shake a minivan-ish image, you’re probably right.

Every ’22 Passport is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine making 280 horsepower, hooked to a 9-speed automatic (no CVTs here, thankfully). American-spec models have the choice of front-wheel drive on the EX-L only, where all-wheel drive is a $2,100 option. TrailSport and top-rung Elite trims have power going to each corner as standard equipment. Passports are good for 5,000 pounds of towing, making them one of the burlier options in this segment, at least without adding extra-cost equipment.

In this topsy-turvy year of car sales, Honda has shifted 45,733 Passport through to the end of October. That’s better than Ridgeline, but well off its best-selling CR-V which found 315,533 homes over the same timeframe. The more expensive Pilot was good for 124,147 sales.

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  • Tane94 Tane94 on Dec 08, 2021

    I'm anti-leather, so dropping the cloth seats is bad. Some vegan friendly seat options are needed, Honda

  • Stuki Stuki on Dec 08, 2021

    I can't think of anything more singularly silly than electric opening and closing tailgates. Doubly so on a car which is supposed to be for rugged, and cold/snowy, environments. Get some ice around the gate area, and the tailgate won't open. Happened to me several times on a Q7. The motors are also slow as molasses. I'm sure they may make some sort of sense on tall CUVs; if you're a 95 year old, 4 foot tall Japanese woman. But if you're a normal sized person and can't operate a bloody tailgate without issue, you really shouldn't be driving a car. Here's to hoping Akio Toyoda's battle to let cars be cars, succeed (the guy even insists on H2 ICEs. And does donuts in his company's parking lots, instead of sitting inside babbling mindlessly about "mobility" nonsense). The waiting lists for the (manual tailgate, wow!! And manual transmission. And mechanical parking brake. And more buttons than touchscreens and menus. And.....) GR Yaris looks promising. Here's to hoping even people less concerned about sporty handling and performance, will still clamor for the comforting mechanicalness which is just as wonderful about it, as its horsepower and grip.

  • Sooper Toyota already has no new vehicles on their lots; they are just another used car dealership now. So why introduce another model when Toyota appears to be going out of the new vehicle business?
  • Tassos There is nothing 'weird' about Finland's fine system. A few other nations have it too. Switzerland maybe, I am not sure.But you do not specify WHAT was that clown's income that required him to pay $120k for a speeding ticket?I am sure that for somebody like ELon Musk, $100k will barely operate his megayacht ONE LOUSY Day.
  • Bkojote On paper, GMC is supposed to be the understated, more sophisticated member of the GM truck family.In actuality, GMC is total garbage in the truck world - by the time they're on their second owner they're decked out with amazon wheel spacers, pizza dish wheels, punisher stickers, and really angry opinions about any president who's won the popular vote in the past two decades. And man, these things are ugly as sin too.That's because GM trucks as a whole are kinda the also-rans in the truck category. Yeah, they do sales, but they aren't anyone's first choice. Not as extreme as the Ram, not as category defining as the Raptor, not as well engineered as a Toyota, so you end up with owners who compensate big time to distract others from the endless repair bills. The only owners I know who are worse are the rollin' coal lifted Super Duty drivers. Like you bought a GMC because the guy who sold you your wife's acadia is less scary than having to grovel for a Raptor and you take the Ford guys making fun of you personally.
  • Tassos The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. I have mentioned this before, and it applies here again.Go to the U of Michigan College of Engineering parking lot. How can you say what car the $300,000 a year (ACADEMIC year of 9 months, mind you, summer pay is extra, and consulting a whole lot on top of that) and what does the $50,000 a year secretary drive?Hint: Teresa was out chair's secretary, started a year ago. She had to resign in just a few months because her 75 mile EACH WAY from her home in Lapeer MI to ANn Arbor MI just KILLED HER when gas prices rose.What car did Teresa drive? Take a wild guess. An F150? A Ram pickup? A Silverado? One of these. In a fee months she had to resign and find a lesser job in the whole lot lesser U of M Flint (but why would she care? she's just a secretary), which halved her commuting distance to a still significant 75 mile round trip every damned day.So the poor keep buying pickups and get poorer, and the rich keep NOT buying them and get richer.
  • Cprescott It is ugly enough. But why? You refuse to build enough of your products for your consumers.