The 2020 Honda Passport is a 2-row/5-passenger crossover SUV, that fits right between smaller CR-V and larger Pilot. The Passport brings sportier and rugged styling, more oriented to the off-road adventures. The Passport will have front-wheel drive as a standard, and all-wheel drive as optional. You will find a lot of similarities with the larger sibling, Honda Pilot, including the safety suite Honda Sensing.
The interior is very comfortable, with creative storage options available. The Passport will offer only one powertrain option, but the 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with 9-speed automatic transmission will be enough to accomplish any task. Although the new model isn’t as capacious as the 3-row SUVs, the Passport delivers enough room in the cabin, excellent safety features, and modern appearance. The price is slightly higher than the similar vehicle, but Honda offers a lot more standard equipment and features.
2020 Honda Passport Exterior Design
The exterior of the upcoming 2020 Honda Passport will share many things in common with the Honda Pilot. However, the new Passport will be six inches shorter, while the wheelbase will stay the same. Also, the new model will be about an inch wider, and the ground clearance is almost an inch higher. This change will provide some extra room under the body of the vehicle, thus give the Passport a chance for better off-road performance. The company will also add new features, to make this SUV into a real all-terrain model.
As for the other features worth on mentioning, a steeper back-window angle will bring a sportier look to the rear side, and all the exterior sheet metal are unique and different. The Passport will come with standard 20-inch wheels and a modernly designed front face. The slight changes in appearance will definitely give the new model a more rugged stance and a more distinctive appearance. Also, with the minor changes in size and ground clearance, Passport is a better-proportioned model than the Pilot.
The interior of 2020 Honda Passport is very comfortable, intuitive and creative. The new model offers up to 77.9 cubic feet of space, far more than the competitors like Ford Edge or Hyundai Santa Fe. Also, in the back under the cargo floor, you’ll find optional plastic bins. These bins are perfectly suitable to store gear, valuables or similar things. The bins are removable as well, so you can adjust the space and access to the spare tire more easily. The cabin looks very similar, but upgraded version of the Pilot. The overall design has a good balance between modern touch screen technology and physical buttons. The buttons will control key functions like volume, air-conditioning controls, and heat.
Furthermore, the Sport trim comes with a standard 5-inch display monitor, but the higher EX-L, Touring, and Elite offer an 8-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard through all trims, except the base Sport trim level. The 2020 Passport will include Honda Sensing, company’s extensive suite of safety features as well. Honda Sensing is standard on all trim levels, as well as 20-inch wheels. These type of wheels are not even an optional on most SUVs, yet the Passport will have it as a standard.
Honda Passport Colors
The 2020 Honda Passport brings rich color palette, with eight exterior color options and two interior options. Each one of these hues is unique and very vibrant and fits perfectly to the Passport’s attitude and styling. For the exterior, you can choose between Black Cooper Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Deep Scarlet Pearl, and White Diamond Pearl.
These color are available on all trim levels. However, the Sport offers two more color options – Black Forest Pearl, and Black Forest Pearl. For the interior, you can choose between Black or Gray, and they are available on all trim levels. Whichever color you choose to be just the right one for you, with this opulent palette the Passport will surely be noticed on the streets.
Under the hood of 2020 Honda Passport will be the same 3.5-liter V6 unit that powers the bigger brother, Honda Pilot. This engine is a direct-injection mill, powerful enough to efficiently handle the size of the Passport. The powertrain produced 280 horsepower, with 262 lb-ft of twist at 4,700 rpm. The EPA city/highway fuel economy is 20/25 mpg for the front-wheel drive and 19/24 mog for all-wheel drive.
The engine is connected to the 9-speed automatic transmission. This gearbox is really a refreshment in comparison to the CVT that kills any joy and driving excitement. However, we can expect in the future that the company will release a four-cylinder engine, beside the standard 3.5-liter V6 drivetrain. The towing capacity of the new Passport is 5,000.
Release Date and Price
The upcoming 2020 Honda Passport comes with an MSRP starting at $32,000 for the Sport trim. Next, the EX-L will cost almost $6,000 more than the entry-level model. The Touring model starts around $40,000. If you want the upscale Elite with a lot more equipment, the starting price of this model is around $44,000.
Although the base price of the new model is slightly higher than the most competitors, the Passport comes with much more standard equipment than any similar SUV. The Elite can be easily compared with the Ford Edge or Nissan Murano in the number of useful features and gadgets. We expect that the 2020 Honda Passport will be ready before the end of the following year. However, the sale will probably start in the first few months of 2020.