Looking for a mid-size crossover SUV that doesn’t necessarily want to crawl up the side of a mountain, even if it can? Well, you’re in luck—the brand-new 2019 Honda Passport just hit our Honda dealerships in South Florida, filling the gap between the compact CR-V and the larger, three-row Honda Pilot. The Passport drops nicely into that crossover spot, if we do say so ourselves. Here’s the lowdown on the ’19 Honda Passport.
The 2019 Honda Passport looks like the Pilot’s little sister. It utilizes the Pilot’s platform, but the Passport engineers took six inches off the back and added an inch of ground clearance. It’s ten inches longer than the CR-V, but has roughly the same wheelbase as the Pilot–190.5 inches–so it beats the comparably sized Nissan Murano and Hyundai Santa Fe by several duffel bags and coolers. Towing–up to 5,000 lbs.–is easier with this extra-long wheelbase, as well, and it handily outdoes competitors in that department.
On the outside, the new Passport definitely looks like a Honda, but with a more rugged appeal than you may be used to. The back window features a steeper angle than the Pilot’s, and a sleeker unibody design combined with a sportier face gives the Passport lots of off-road style.
Its cabin is more luxurious than the competition while also being very similar to the Pilot’s. Standard features include a 5-inch display, seven speakers, and three-zone climate control. Also standard in all Passport models is the full Honda Sensing suite, the next-best thing to a self-driving car. That means forward-collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control are all on hand to keep you safe.
An Off-Road Honda Is Still A Honda
The 2019 Passport manages to pull off the neat trick of being a solid and comfortable family SUV, while also being one that can take you through the woods with all your gear in tow and a kayak on top.
The well-mannered Passport shifts easily with its 9-speed transmission in normal road conditions, and sporty handling and steering make it fun to drive, even on I-95. It handles well anywhere you take it, and with various drive modes, you can go from mud to sand without lifting many fingers. In essence, the new Passport is the best SUV for Miami Beach-goers.
Honda Passport Trim Levels
The 2019 Honda Passport comes in four trim levels:
- Sport – This is the base model Passport, and has all the standard features listed above. Fuel economy for the Sport comes in at 20 city/25 hwy.
- EX-L – Everybody gets a charge at this trim level, as it comes with three USB ports, as opposed to just the solo charge-up location in the Sport trim. While you’re all engaged with separate devices, you can enjoy Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, mobile Wi-Fi, heated front seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, and an 8-inch screen.
- Touring – This is serious luxury for a crossover: heated rear seats, a hands-free power liftgate, ambient lighting, an upgraded 10-speaker audio system, and acoustic front and rear doors to mitigate road noise.
- Elite – All-wheel-drive is standard on the Passport Elite, as are ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing front wipers, and a wireless phone charger.
(The AWD system is available on all Passport models for a slight upcharge.)
2019 Honda Passport Specs
The new Passport features:
- A 280-horsepower V6 engine with 9-Speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters
- An i-VTM4 Torque Vectoring AWD system
- Seating for 5 passengers
- Max 5,000 lbs. towing capacity
- Max 100.8 cubic feet of cargo volume
- Max 115.9 cubic feet of passenger volume
- Intelligent Traction Management System featuring Snow, Mud, and Sand modes
- An MSRP of $31,990, with additional Honda lease offers and savings available
Don’t delay trying out what could be the best new SUV of 2019. Drop by a Honda dealership near you to take the new Passport out for a test drive. With several locations throughout the South Florida area, our Honda dealers are always a hop, skip, and jump away. Find and contact your dealer today!
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