The all-new 2019 Honda Passport 5-passenger V6-powered SUV made its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Going on sale early next year, Passport provides a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road adventure capability along with best-in-class interior space.
The all-new Honda Passport will slot between the compact CR-V and three-row Pilot in Honda’s SUV lineup. The model’s reinforced unibody frame, powerful direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine, fully independent suspension and nimble steering make it an ideal choice for driving long distances or around town.
All 2019 Honda Passport trims are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 peak horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The Honda i-VTEC V6 is mated to the latest-generation of Honda’s 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT).
In addition, the robust off-road capability offered by the available Honda i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and its four-mode Intelligent Traction Management system means Passport can tackle the kind of tough terrain normally reserved for less refined body-on-frame or off-road focused SUVs.
Passport is based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform and shares much of its underlying structure with the three-row Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup, including its highly rigid unibody construction. This platform has a fully boxed floor that is sophisticated yet strong with a four-wheel independent suspension, with MacPherson struts in front and a multilink independent rear.
The latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, provides outstanding frontal collision protection and collision compatibility with larger and smaller vehicles.
The all-new 2019 Honda Passport’s rugged exterior design and stance is highlighted by standard 20-inch wheels, a matte-black grille, floating roof design, aggressive wheel arches, increased ride height and a tailgate design that emphasizes width.
Inside, Passport offers best-in-class passenger space (115.9 cu.-ft.) and total interior volume (157.1 cu.-ft.) for carrying family, friends and weekend adventure gear. Passport features a large (best-in-class 2.5 cu.-ft.) segmented underfloor cargo compartment for carrying dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight.
Packed with available modern amenities such as an audio and connectivity system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and a digital driver’s meter, Passport delivers all the modern technology that today’s car buyers demand.
The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies is standard on all 2019 Passport trims. Honda Sensing helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases helps drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions slowing or even stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) featuring Forward Collison Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
“The all-new 2019 Honda Passport provides the on-road comfort and nimble handling buyers will appreciate on their daily commute with the robust off-road and all-weather capability that make for a great weekend adventure vehicle,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., Senior Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and General Manager, Honda Division.
Designed and developed exclusively by Honda’s North America R&D teams in Torrance, California, and Raymond, Ohio, the Passport and its V6 engine will be manufactured at the company’s Lincoln, Alabama plant.