2019 Honda Passport Sport Review – The 2019 Honda passport marks the return of the year-old nameplate to the Honda lineup. No longer a renamed Isuzu SUV, the Reborn Passport is a crossover with true Honda roots. And it’s not shy about hiding those roots, either, thanks to styling that largely reflects the larger Honda Pilot’s. The common position between the passport and the pilot goes under the skin, but since the two crossovers share the same foundations and Powertrain Control bits.
2019 Honda Passport Sport Review
What the two vehicles do not share, however, is a total length and maximum passenger capacity. With a six-inch shorter shade and only two rows of seats, the pass is certainly less accommodating than the pilot. But what the passport loses in the cargo and people-carrying capacity it makes up for with its extra Go-Anywhere ability. Well, at least that’s what 2019 Honda Passport Sport Review hopes. In truth, the passport is a family vehicle, albeit one that caters to families who do not need or want a third row of seats in their crossover SUV.
2019 Honda Passport Sport Design
The passport looks like a pilot who has been in the dryer for too long. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the 190.5-inch long crossover trades some of the pilot’s frumpiness for added hunkiness. The most notable change comes at the back of the vehicle, as the pass benefits from a noticeably shorter overhang at the rear. The cut rear end complements a raised suspension that gives all wheel drive models 8.1 inches of ground clearance (7.5 inches on front-drive models) and a 27.6-degree departure angle (26.8 degrees on front-drive models) or 0.8 inches and 6.8 degrees better than the corresponding pilot with all-wheel drive.
The fit further differs from the pilot with styling features such as a model-specific front fascia with extra blacked-out trim pieces and a partially matte finish. In addition, the pas’s stubbier rear end incorporates a more aggressive window line, a reworked tailgate design, and a new rear fascia.
The Mid-Size Honda crossover arguably looks its best in the higher spec touring and Elite trims, which carry five-spoke 20-inch wheels set on wider tires (265/45 all seasons compared to smaller sports and EX-L trims’ 245 / 50 rubber) and includes a set of roof rails. Yet, the largely inoffensive-looking Honda lacks the raw-and-tumble style of the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the aggressive design of the Chevrolet blazer.
Like its exterior, the passenger compartment space largely mimics that of the larger pilot. Those in front greet a wide dashboard with ergonomically-friendly controls for the standard Tri-zone (driver, passenger, rear) automatic air conditioner, and an easy-to-read 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster. Meanwhile, a push-button gear selector resides on the low-mounted center console, which also contains a large bearing with a sliding cover.
2019 Honda Passport Sport Comfort
Thanks to the pilot-matching 111.0-inch wheelbase, the fit is an impressively comfortable mid-size crossover. Front seat riders sit on well-padded bucket seats with individual folding Center armrests. The EX-L, touring, and Elite trims include a 10-way, mechanically operated driver’s seat with memory and a four-way Power passenger seat, as well as front-seat heating appliances and leather seating surfaces. Touring models add heating elements to the rear outboard seats, while the elite transforms things even more courtesy of ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
2019 Honda Passport Sport Touring and Elite models also benefit from acoustic front and rear glass, as well as an acoustic windshield, the latter of which also comes on EX-L models. Our Elite tester was free of any unnecessary wind or road noise, but we wonder if the outside sounds plagued the cabins of lower level sports and EX-L trims.
No matter the trim, the three-cross rear bench offers long-distance comfort courtesy of 39.6 inches of legroom and 61.9 inches of shoulder room, the former of which tops the Grand Cherokee by an inch, while the latter smarter jeep of a whopping 3.9 inches.
The Cargo Room has plenty of 41.2 cubic feet of space behind Pas’s rear seats. There is also a 2.5-cubic meter covered storage space under the rear cargo floor. Fold the 60/40 split saddle backs and Honda’s Cargo Bay expands to 77.5 cubes. The Grand Cherokee, meanwhile, provides 36.3 cubic feet of rear-seat space and 68.3 with the rear seats folded.
2019 Honda Passport Sport performance
Despite sharing its platform and Powertrain Control with the pilot, the pass is far livelier from the driver’s seat. Credit the passport’s slightly lighter brake weight (a Passport Elite like this weighs 82 pounds less than the corresponding pilot), the aforementioned extra ride height, and a slightly faster steering ratio (15.8: 1 for all-wheel-drive passports compared to the 16.0: 1 rack by the pilot).
That said, Pas’s dynamics are far from engaging. This is a family crossover, after all, and it handles as such. Ride quality erroneously on the side of comfort and the body leans noticeably through turns.
Still, the pass remains surprisingly secure through corners. Credit its Responsive steering, predictable chassis dynamics and the all-wheel drive system available to send up to 70 percent of engine power to the rear axle and up to 100 percent of the rear-facing GRUNT to either the left or right rear wheels.
Thanks to its 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, the passport accelerates at an appropriate clip. Those in search of more pull should consider the available 360-HP 5.7-liter V8 in the Grand Cherokee. For most consumers, however, Pas’s Bent-Six offers enough Oomph to tackle the daily grind. A nine-speed automatic gearbox, which is quite slow to shift and occasionally chases to gear, is the only crossover gearbox. Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters provide extra driver control while a sport mode sharpens the transmission responses and launches crossover from a stop in first gear (Second-gear starter is the default for standard drive mode, though this mode will allow first gear starts with a heavy enough left foot ). Sport mode propensity to hold gears, however, makes it a poor choice for typical stop-and-go driving.
2019 Honda Passport Sport Technology
Although the entry-level Passport Sport has a 5.0-inch infotainment screen, all other models sport an 8.0-inch touchscreen device. Unlike the smaller screen, the larger ones include Apple CarPlay and Android car compatibility. The Touring and Elite trims take things a few steps further with an in-dash navigation system, WiFi hot spot, and a more powerful 10-speaker audio system (sports and ex-L models come with seven speakers). In addition, the elite has a wireless charging pad.
Despite the set up being formidable kit, its user interface is falling prey to menu overload, slightly small on screen buttons, and a lack of physical buttons. At least there’s a proper volume knob for cranking up or down the stereo system’s decibels.
2019 Honda Passport Sport Security
Each passport comes standard with the 2019 Honda Passport Sport sensing suite of active safety features that include thrust warning, automatic front braking, lane departure warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Centering and Adaptive Cruise Control. EX-L, touring, and Elite trims also include blind-spot monitoring and rear Cross-Traffic alarm systems. Most of these systems perform their tasks seamlessly, but the Adaptive Cruise Control applies the brakes too aggressively when faced with slower traffic.
In tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the pass earns an overall rating of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) provides crossover good ratings in all categories except for passenger side front overlaps and headlights. The former earns the second highest rating of acceptable, while the latter receives the lowest rating of the poor. IIH’s headlight classification applies to the standard LED low beam and halogen high beam headlights of the Passport and EX-L models as well as the LED low and high beam headlights setup of touring and elite trims.
2019 Honda Passport Sport Fuel economy
With a combined fuel efficiency figure of 21 miles per gallon by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all-wheel-drive pass-sip 87-octane at a rate equal to all-wheel-drive competitors such as the Chevrolet Blazer, V6-equipped Jeep Grand Cherokee and Turbocharged Hyundai Santa Fe. Still, all-wheel-drive options such as Nissan Murano and Ford Edge manage EPA combined ratings of 23 mpg. Choosing the front-wheel-drive passport, Honda raises the combined rating to 22 mpg.
2019 Honda Passport Sport Pricewise
At $ 31,990, the Passport base price is among the highest in the segment. In fact, only entry-level Jeep Grand Cherokee ($ 32,195) and Toyota 4Runner ($ 35,310) start higher. At the same time, fit two cheapest competitors, the $ 28,800 Chevrolet blazer and the $ 25,750 Hyundai Santa Fe, each comes standard with far less powerful, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines. To get either crossover with an engine that competes better with Pas’s V6 requires spending a minimum of $ 33,300 on Chevy and $ 34,200 on the Hyundai.
Although all wheel drive is a $ 1,900 option on Passport sports, EX-L, and touring trims, the feature is standard on the top-of-the-line Elite tested here, starting at $ 43,680. The elite comes fully kitted and includes trim-specific elements such as ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a cordless factory charger. With $ 1,095 in destination charges, our passport rang for $ 44,775. Expensive, but not above the norms for the segment. A similarly equipped blazer RS costs $ 48,270 including destination, while a 4Runner Nightshade Edition runs $ 48,460 including destination. Passport Elite is far from the best value among its peers, and Penny Pinchers should check out the Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0 T, which comes in at $ 39,895, including destination.