2019 Honda Passport Elite AWD: the perfect-sized SUV

I had my Passport at the ready last week – and felt empowered.

I’m speaking, of course, of the 2019 Honda Passport Elite AWD sports utility. It fits neatly between the compact-size CR-V and the three-row Pilot in Honda’s SUV lineup, and to my way of thinking, is the perfect size.

My wife and daughter both commented on how well they liked the Passport – rare praise, indeed 🙂

Passport is designed for adventure-seekers who want the superior off-road capability of Honda’s I-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, the power and towing capability of its 3.5-liter V6 engine and the personal and rugged character of a five-passenger SUV.

It’s offered in four trims: well-appointed Sport, upgraded EX-L, high-tech Touring and the fully equipped Elite.

The top-of-the-line Passport Elite trim comes standard with i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. In addition, Elite adds ventilated front seats, auto-dimming side mirrors, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and a wireless phone charger. Passport Elite also features gloss-black exterior trim and a gloss-black lift-gate spoiler.

It really does cover all the bases, and includes an oversized cargo area large enough to handle four golf bags and two pushcarts. The ride was smooth, quiet and tight, and the Passport delivered a respectable 22 miles per gallon in a week’s worth of city and highway driving.

Powering the new Passport is a 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected V6 engine with i-VTEC valve-train connected to a second-generation, nine-speed automatic transmission. With 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, Passport offers top-class standard horsepower, brisk acceleration and up to 5,000-pound towing capacity.

Passport’s rugged yet modern exterior styling includes standard 20-inch wheels, aggressive black grille and increased ride height with more athletic proportion and stance compared to the three-row Pilot. Inside, Passport delivers best-in-class passenger space and total interior volume and features a large “basement” cargo area ideal for wet and grassy golf shoes, or keeping valuables out of sight.

Drivers also benefit from the latest technology, including a standard Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Additionally, all Passports come with a multi-angle rearview camera system, in-vehicle Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, an eight-inch display audio system, wireless phone charging and more.

Honda Sensing is a suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies that includes forward-collision warning, collision-mitigation braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance system, road-departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control. Every Passport trim also includes automatic high beams.

My tester also came with navigation, power moonroof, satellite radio, tri-zone climate control, pushbutton start, premium audio system with 10 speakers, USB ports, heated second-row seats and second-row sunshades.

Base Price: $44,725

Price As Driven: $44,725

Base price includes destination charge. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.

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