The 2019 Honda Passport is scheduled to go on sale early in 2019. Sitting on a monocoque chassis, the SUV makes use of a 3.5L V6 petrol engine paired to a 9-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox.
Available amenities a seven-inch instrument display, an available eight-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker, 590-watt premium sound system and 4G LTE in-car WiFi hotspot.
If it looks a little familiar, you don't need to get your eyes checked.
The Touring and Elite models are equipped with Global Positioning System navigation, ten-speaker audio, heated rear seats, black interior with glossy trim, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot support, ambient lighting, etc.
2019 Honda Passport Is Here To Fill The Gap Between The CR-V And Pilot
On the technology front, the Passport Sport is equipped with a 6-speaker audio system and a Bluetooth-enabled radio with a 5-inch display.
All-wheel-drive versions have 8.4 inches of ground clearance, almost an inch more than Pilots and front-drive versions of the Passport. Suspension is handled by MacPherson struts at the front and a multilink setup at the rear, and Honda quotes a 1,588 kg towing capacity for front-wheel drive models and 2,268 kg for models with all-wheel drive.
Safety-wise, all Passport models come with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assists, including Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collison Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Putting money where the mouth is, Honda has added several off-roading features such as Intelligent Traction Management system with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud driving modes on AWD variants. Honda is launching a range of accessories for the 2019 Passport out of the gate, too, so buyers won't need to wait for third-party roof racks, boxes, and other add-ons to catch up. From a marketing perspective, at least, this five-passenger SUV is bucking the trend towards soft-roaders that are utility vehicles in name only.
And this time around, the Passport is built in Alabama.