NEW 2021 Honda Passport

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Overview

Spacious, capable, and nicely equipped for the money, the Honda Passport hits its marks as a mid-size SUV, which earned it an Editors’ Choice award. Sharing many of its mechanicals with the three-row Pilot and Ridgeline pickup, the Passport uses a familiar name from Honda’s 1990s lineup but is fully modern, with plenty of standard safety equipment and optional tech features. Its standard V-6 engine is powerful, and its interior is practical and capacious. We chose it as our favorite two-row mid-size crossover in a comparison test over the Ford Edge, the Nissan Murano, the Chevy Blazer, and the Hyundai Santa Fe on these merits and because it’s good to drive, with confident handling. Its main demerits include so-so fuel economy and some occasionally fussy interior controls. Despite these quibbles, it is one of our highest-rated SUVs.

What’s New for 2021?

The 2021 Passport only receives a small update for the new model year, with base models adding a newly standard 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system versus the old 5.0-inch display. The rest of the lineup is unchanged except for a small increase in starting prices.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Under the hood is the same 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission as found in the Pilot. Those who want the all-terrain capability of all-wheel drive can add it for extra coin; otherwise, the Passport is front-wheel drive. The SUV boasts 7.5 inches of ground clearance (8.1 inches for all-wheel-drive models), and the Passport can tow up to 5000 pounds. However, the two-row Honda has a rough ride when it does venture off-road, and its high ride height contributes to a top-heavy demeanor. Still, the Passport was quick in our testing, and it dutifully accelerates on the highway. The ride is comfortable on most roads, and the steering is pleasingly direct, which makes the Passport feel nimble.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

With a single engine choice and either front- or all-wheel drive, the Passport has two different EPA ratings. The front-drive model is expected to earn up to 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. A Passport with all-wheel drive does a little worse, with ratings of 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. We tested the latter on our 200-mile fuel-economy route, where it exceeded its EPA highway estimate by 3 mpg.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Anyone who has experienced the interior of the Ridgeline will be instantly familiar with the Passport’s cabin. Despite an unremarkable design, the materials are attractive enough and the controls are nicely organized—although we’d like more knobs and buttons instead of touchscreen controls. The front seats are wide and comfortable, with a handy armrest that can be adjusted for optimal comfort. The back seat is also roomy and allows the Passport to transport up to five people. There’s 41 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seat, which held 15 of our carry-on suitcases. Folding that row unlocks 78 cubes of room and the capacity to carry 33 bags total. Interior cubby storage in general is great thanks to useful bins throughout the cabin and a huge center-console bin.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Every Passport sports an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also includes necessities such as Bluetooth and various power points. However, those who want a 115-volt outlet, built-in navigation, an upgraded audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless phone charging will have to pony up for the top-tier Touring and Elite models.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Passport earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Every model has a host of driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:

  •  Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  •  Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  •  Standard adaptive cruise control

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    Year: 2021
    Make: Honda
    Model: Passport
    Body Style: SUV
    Transmission: Automatic
    Location: North Hollywood
    Monthly Specials: yes

    Excludes first-month payment, registration, acquisition fees, DMV, smog & Documentation Fees

    Fuel Efficiency Rating

    • City : 20
    • Highway: 25

    Rating displayed GAS/DIESEL/HYBRID.
    Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle condition.


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