Who remembers this mid-90s beast?
If you raised a hand, your memory is far better than most people’s. Looking back, it seems like spotting one in the wild was like catching a glimpse of Bigfoot—a rare if not altogether implausible phenomenon. Even so, somehow, some way, Honda saw decent sales out of its first-ever SUV—about 200,000 Passports were sold—before it unceremoniously fizzled out in favor of the larger and more impressive Honda Pilot in 2002.
But do you believe in second chances? You’d better believe in ‘em, because Honda is rumored to be bringing this somewhat obscure model back into the fold. Here are all the speculative details we have about the soon-to-be fourth Honda SUV:
- Positioned between the acclaimed CR-V and its immediate predecessor, the Pilot, the upcoming Honda Passport is expected to be direct competition to the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
- It will probably be categorized as a midsize crossover with a standard two-row, five-seat layout, and power plants similar to those in the CR-V or even the Pilot (that 284-horsepower 3.5L V6 would be very nice inside a smaller five-seater).
- The new Passport will most likely be built on a revised Pilot platform, which is shared amongst its other bigger-boned Honda siblings, the Odyssey and Ridgeline.
- As such, the Honda Passport will also share the same interior functionality: a wide center stack, bright infotainment display, control knobs—the whole shebang.
- Spy photos suggest that the outer styling is fairly unique, sporty even, unlike the blockier, family-friendly Pilot. If the rumors are correct, we can certainly get behind the wide LED headlights and a rounded tailgate similar to that of the HR-V.
- Honda may unveil the Passport at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in late-November, with a scheduled public release date somewhere at the end of 2019, making it a 2020 model.
Obviously, until Honda officially makes an announcement, all Passport-related information is entirely theoretical. We’ll just keep our fingers crossed that the LA Auto Show will shed some light on what’s coming down the pipeline.
In the meantime, you can always check out the current offering of Honda SUVs at our South Florida Honda Dealers. They’re pretty fantastic—but you knew that already.
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