The Passport recently came back after many years of hiatus and many car enthusiasts were excited to see something like that from Honda. The Pilot may be practical and functional, but this model delivers that, so-much-needed fun factor.
It is smaller, more dynamics and also more off-road capable. Considering that the all-new model came just recently, we have no doubt that the 2020 Honda Passport will continue in the same way. Still, some reports suggest a new, performance version, which would be more off-road oriented. In any case, expect to see this model late in the year.
- Comfortable seats
- Upscale cabin
- Powerful engine
- Good off-road performances
- Infotainment systems can be tricky sometimes
- High starting price
The Passport came just recently and it is a brand-new model from the Japanese manufacturer. It is a mid-size crossover, but smaller than the famous Pilot. Practically, it competes with other two-row mid-size SUVs, such as Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe etc.
Compared to the Pilot, it is smaller and more agile. It offers better driving dynamics, but better off-road performances as well, due to shorter overhangs and higher ground clearance.
For the next year, we will probably see a performance version, which will come with more power, but also with various aids, such as locking differentials, skid plates, hill descent control etc. This version should also come with a couple of distinctive styling details.
On the inside, the Passport is heavily influenced by the Pilot. Two models feature pretty similar layouts, especially when it comes to dashboards, which are practically the same. That is definitely a good thing, considering that the Pilot is known for its hi-quality interior and loads of standard equipment.
The cargo room is quite generous. You can count on about 41 cubic feet behind rear seats and 78 cubic feet of overall cargo space. That’s more compared to rivals like Nissan Murano and Hyundai Santa Fe.
The current model comes with the Pilot’s familiar 3.5-liter V6, which is good for about 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It comes in pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission, which can hesitate sometimes, but the overall ride experience is pretty smooth and with plenty of confidence.
You can count on pretty average numbers for the class, as the Passport returns around 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. A possible performance version will probably come with the same V6 engine, but probably with a slight power boost. Still, don’t expect anything significant.
2020 Honda Passport Release Date and Price
Despite the possible new version, the 2020 Honda Passport will come sometime late in the year. The base price shouldn’t be much different compared to the current model, which starts around $32,000.