Crossover SUV stamps its docs, returns to market

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With its 2019 Passport, Honda is again within the SUV sport. The automaker revived the long-forgotten Passport identify forward of the 2018 LA auto present Tuesday as a brand new crossover SUV that slots between its compact CR-V and its three-row Pilot.

The 2019 Honda Passport will hit sellers early subsequent 12 months with a three.5-liter V-6 engine and a selection of front- or all-wheel drive. Its bones are shared with the Pilot, however the Passport has seating for 5 and its physique is six inches shorter. At 190.5 inches from bumper to bumper, the brand new Passport matches in between the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.

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In contrast to the final Honda SUV to reveal the Passport identify—a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo offered within the preliminary SUV growth within the 1990s and early 2000s—the brand new mannequin’s styling is decidedly sportier. It rides on 20-inch alloy wheels and options chrome touches exterior that distinction with unpainted plastic trim. The Passport sits larger off the bottom than the Pilot, however the eight.Four-inch floor clearance on all-wheel-drive variations hardly makes them rock crawlers.

The Passport’s three.5-liter V-6 is rated at 280 horsepower and shuttles energy to the wheels by way of a 9-speed automated transmission. The totally impartial suspension beneath is paired to a traction management system with 4 modes for various highway situations on fashions with all-wheel drive. Entrance-drive Passports can tow three,500 kilos, whereas all-wheel-drive variations are rated at 5,000 kilos. Gas financial system figures for the 2019 Passport have not been introduced. The Honda Pilot is rated at 22 mpg in most configurations; the Passport will probably weigh much less, however its larger floor clearance might erase any fuel-savings positive factors. A cease/begin system is customary to scale back gasoline consumption and emissions at stoplights. 

2019 Honda Passport

2019 Honda Passport

2019 Honda Passport

2019 Honda Passport

2019 Honda Passport

Inside, the Passport makes use of its house properly. It is rated at 41 cubic-feet of cargo house behind the again seat and a most inside hauling quantity of about 100 cubes with the second row folded flat. 4 trim ranges are on supply—Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. That is a smaller lineup than the Pilot, however Honda tends to be conservative about new merchandise. Passport Sport SUVs characteristic material upholstery, whereas EX-L and better trims drape the seats in leather-based. A 5.Zero-inch show audio system with two USB ports comes on the Sport, however different variations get an eight.Zero-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and extra USB ports. Excessive-spec Passports characteristic a 590-watt, 11-speaker audio system.

Within the Passport’s instrument cluster, a configurable 7.Zero-inch TFT show augments typical gauges. Passport Touring and Elite trims characteristic a wi-fi hotspot with non-compulsory month-to-month service offered by AT&T. 

Each Passport options a variety of lively security tech resembling automated emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, lively lane management, and adaptive cruise management. Blind-spot displays come on EX-L and better trims. The usual rearview digital camera system consists of an overhead view mode Honda says is helpful for attaching trailers. 

Honda hasn’t but mentioned how a lot the 2019 Passport will price, however even the bottom Sport is well-equipped with options resembling keyless ignition, three-zone automated local weather management, distant begin, and LED headlights. The EX-L provides leather-based upholstery, heated entrance seats, an influence moonroof, an influence liftgate, and the extra superior infotainment system. Tourings pile on navigation, handsfree performance for the facility liftgate, a roof rack, insulated glass, and taller tires, whereas Elites throw cooled entrance seats, a heated steering wheel, and a wi-fi charging pad into the crossover.