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2019 Honda Passport Achieves Top NHTSA Overall Safety Rating

  • Every 2019 Honda model evaluated in NHTSA NCAP safety testing has achieved a top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score
  • 85 percent of Honda vehicles sold now feature Honda Sensing®

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport achieved a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score, the highest available overall safety rating issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). With this result, every tested 2019 Honda vehicle has earned an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA1.

The Passport and other Honda models’ crashworthiness is enabled in part by the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, a network of front-frame structures designed to absorb and deflect the energy from a frontal collision.

Beyond crashworthiness, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies is now standard equipment on the 2019 Passport, Accord, Civic2, Clarity series, Insight, and Pilot and available on every Honda nameplate. Since its introduction on the 2015 CR-V, Honda has sold over 2.1 million vehicles equipped with Honda Sensing® and nearly 85 percent of all new Honda vehicles sold in 2019 are equipped with Honda Sensing®.

Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases helping drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions, slowing or even stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Comprising the Honda Sensing® suite are Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

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Honda to Showcase Company’s Full Off-Pavement Adventure Portfolio at 2019 Overland Expo West

  • Honda Passport and Ridgeline Adventure Lifestyle Projects showcase off-road capabilities of Honda light trucks
  • Honda Talon, Africa Twin Adventure Sports and CRF 250 Rally and 450L accessorized for off-grid lifestyle
  • Compact, yet powerful Honda Generators and Water Pumps bring electricity, utility and convenience to the campsite

Honda will showcase its family of off-road ready products at the 2019 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona, displaying two adventure-ready light trucks plus an array of powersports and power equipment products. Taking center stage are the all-new 2019 Honda Passport five-passenger SUV and the 2019 Honda Ridgeline pickup, both specially equipped by Jsport (Jsport Performance Accessories) with off-road performance and adventure enhancements and accessories. In addition, Honda Powersports will have a fully accessorized version of the all-new Honda Talon 1000 X sport side-by-side on display, as well as three camp-ready dual-sport motorcycles, including the Africa Twin Adventure Sports, CRF250L Rally and CRF450L. Honda Power Equipment completes the adventure lifestyle display with its variety of Super Quiet Series generators, ranging from the compact EU1000i, EU2200i, EU2200i Companion and the RV-ready EU3000i Handi to the affordable Economy Series EG2800 model. And, for the ambitious outdoorsman who still wants the luxuries of the occasional shower, Honda will have the small, lightweight but efficient WX10T water pump on display, too.

Honda Passport Adventure Lifestyle Project
The Honda Passport Adventure Lifestyle Project starts with the newest addition to Honda’s SUV family, the off-road ready Honda Passport with available all-wheel drive. Working closely with Jsport, this Passport has been specially equipped for life beyond the pavement. The ride height has been increased using a Jsport lift kit, adding 1.5 inches in front and 0.75 inches of ride height in the rear. A new front skid plate has been added for additional durability, along with 18-inch Nitto RidgeGrappler tires mounted on exclusive Jsport KMC XD 18-inch wheels that take full advantage of the Passport’s available i-VTM4® torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. A Jsport Plateau modular roof rack has been added along with a Roofnest Sandpiper rooftop tent, for better enjoyment of the great outdoors. Jsport side steps make accessing the roof rack easier, and the Jsport external swinging spare tire holder and revised front bumper give Passport the ability to carry gear an oversized spare, as well as push away brush on the trail. Capping it off are front and rear external lighting solutions from Baja Designs.

Honda Ridgeline Adventure Lifestyle Project
The Honda Ridgeline Adventure Lifestyle Project incorporates multiple upgrades and modifications to turn the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition into the ultimate Honda adventure truck. Jsport Performance Accessories modifications, including additional skid plates, off-road wheels and tires, and leveling kit are aimed at enhancing the pickup’s off-road and overlanding capability without compromising on-road comfort. Jsport sidesteps make it easier to access the versatile new Plateau roof rack system, while the Mesa bed rack maximizes cargo flexibility. Mounted in the Plateau roof rack is a lightweight, quiet and powerful Honda EU2200i generator for powering almost any electrical accessories that overland excursions require. All the Jsport mods to Ridgeline are available now for purchase.

Honda Powersports
The Honda Powersports lineup on display at Overland Expo West will showcase a number of different products, featuring the following:

  • 2019 Honda Talon – The all-new Honda Talon marries the high-performance of CRF dirt bikes with the capability and versatility of a side-by-side. The Talon 1000R and Talon 1000X draw on countless hours of collaborative development in both two- and four-wheel design and racing, as well as automotive and powersports manufacturing know-how to push the envelope of what’s possible in a production sport side-by-side. The Honda Talon 1000X at Overland Expo West takes it further with a slew of Honda Accessories, including a full audio system, full poly vented windscreen, winch and 40-inch LED light bar.
  • 2019 Africa Twin Adventure Sports – Based on the popular Africa Twin, this new Adventure Sports model offers increased sport, touring and off-road capability. New technology, enhanced comfort, longer range, more suspension travel give this adventure bike more overall performance for riders who want to explore those far-off places they’ve always dreamed about. For Overland Expo West, the Africa Twin has been outfitted with a Mosko Moto Nomad Tank Bag and Backcountry 30-liter duffle.
  • 2019 Honda CRF250L Rally – Inspired by the factory CRF450 Rally machine raced in the Dakar by Team Monster Energy Honda, and based on the standard CRF250L, the CRF250L Rally is ready for weekend adventure, long-distance touring or the daily commute. Featuring styling that evokes images of adventure and travel, the bike has long-travel suspension, large-disc brakes (with available ABS), excellent weather protection and an impressive cruising range. For Overland Expo West, the CRF250L Rally has been outfitted with a Mosko Moto Reckless 40L Bags.
  • 2019 Honda CRF450L – The all-new, road-legal CRF450L expands customers’ off-road possibilities by enabling access to the best riding trails on public lands, even when that means connecting them via asphalt roads. Based on the CRF450R, the durable CRF450L is a full-fledged off-road machine, but with street legality achieved via features like LED lighting, mirrors, and a dedicated exhaust system, making this bike equally at home in the woods, desert, or the roads in between. For Overland Expo West, the CRF450L has been outfitted with a Mosko Moto Reckless 40L Bags.

For more information about the full range of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters and side-by-sides, go to http://powersports.honda.com/.

Honda Power Equipment
The Honda Power Equipment lineup on display at Overland Expo West will showcase a variety of Honda generators and water pumps, offering convenience, utility and quiet operation to power even the most remote campsites.

  • Honda EU1000i – Equipped with Honda’s advanced inverter technology, this model offers 1,000 watts of super-quiet power. The EU1000i can run between 3.2 to 7.1 hours on a single tank of gas, making it the perfect power choice for lights, fans, and small power tools.
  • Honda EU2200i – Providing 2,200 watts of quiet, lightweight, fuel-efficient power and featuring Honda’s advanced inverter technology, the EU2200is the company’s most popular model. It can run between 3.2 to 8.1 hours on a single tank of gas and is ideal for virtually any campsite, providing power for a variety of appliances, tools, fans or electric heaters.
  • Honda EU2200i Companion – This version of the EU2200i is developed specifically for RV and trailer applications. The Companion includes both 20A and 30A plugs and can be run in parallel to another EU2200i to create up to 30 amps and 4,400 watts—ideal for running AC systems on small RVs.
  • Honda EU3000i Handi – The lightest and most portable 3000-watt generator in Honda’s lineup, the EU3000i Handi is RV-ready with its 30A plug and easy to transport with its flip-up handle and sturdy transport wheels.
  • Honda EG2800i – Economical and easy to handle and operate, the EG2800i can run between 5.1 to 12.1 hours on a single tank of gas, while producing 2,800 watts of electricity in its open-frame package.
  • Honda WX10T Water Pump – Honda’s WX10T water pump is an easy-starting, four-stroke compact pump with a 32 gallon-per-minute capacity. It weighs only 13 lbs., and also includes a 16.5′ suction hose and an adapter for a water hose. While it might sound funny to have a water pump at Overland Expo, the WX10T is the ideal tool for creating a makeshift camp shower from the local creek or lake, making sure that campfires are extinguished before you venture further into the woods, and hosing the mud off your rig before you hit the asphalt again.

For More Information 
Consumer information is available at www.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 Honda models is available at hondanews.com.

About Honda Automobiles
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

About Honda Power Equipment
Honda Power Equipment, a business unit of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including generators, walk-behind and robotic lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers, string trimmers, outboard marine engines and small, general-purpose engines for residential, commercial and rental applications.

About Honda Powersports
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and Side-by-Sides in the U.S. American Honda’s Motorcycle Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through independent authorized Honda retail dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to powersports.honda.com.

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2019 Honda Passport Earns an Autotrader ‘Best New Car for 2019’ Award

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport has been named a “Best New Car for 2019” by Autotrader, one of only 12 new vehicles to receive this recognition, chosen by unanimous decision by the Autotrader editorial experts.

“The Passport is one of the few SUVs where the ‘sport’ and ‘utility’ totally and tangibly make sense in the same vehicle,” said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. “We like the Passport because of its rugged look and just the way it comes off like a younger, feistier version of the Honda Pilot.”

The 2019 Passport, launched nationally on February 4, 2019, delivers a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road capability along with best-in-class interior space among midsize two-row SUVs. The new Honda Passport was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas and is made by Honda in its Lincoln, Alabama plant alongside the Honda Ridgeline pickup, the Pilot three-row SUV, and the Odyssey minivan, using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

About Honda 
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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2019 Honda Passport Wins Car and Driver Midsize Two-Row SUV Vehicle Comparison Test

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport bested four midsize two-row SUV competitors in Car and Driver’s “Meat in the Middle” comparison test featured in the April 2019 edition of the magazine.

Article Quote
“Snappy shifts and the V-6’s 280 horsepower produced the best zero-to-60, quarter-mile, and 50-to-70 passing times in the group, even as the Passport earned the best observed fuel economy. And despite being the tallest competitor, the Honda still compelled us to drive it quickly, courtesy of its light, accurate steering and goes-where-it’s-pointed response… The Passport is a picture of pragmatic service largely thanks to enormous interior space. Its pillars are thin and pushed far away, its greenhouse is massive, and it provides the most cargo volume here. Not only is the room ample, but Honda makes the best use of it by incorporating creative small-item storage throughout. If you’re looking in the middle of crossover land for some real meat, the Passport has the most to offer.”

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, with nearly two-thirds made in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

For More Information
Additional media information, including detailed specifications, features, pricing, plus video and high-resolution photography, is available at https://hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/passport.

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New Pastport Trim in 2019 Honda Passport Lineup Throws Back to Simpler Times and Nineties Nostalgia

  • Pastport – the nineties-inspired Honda Passport trim – offers nostalgic enthusiasts the simplicity and self-expression of the ’90s
  • Features “state-of-the-art” automatic windows, digital clock, cassette-to-CD converter and air conditioning
  • Marketing campaign debuts today with standard definition TV spots and call-in hotline featuring Fred Savage, the voice of Honda

Spurred by the resurgence of nineties pop culture, Honda is introducing the ’90s-themed Pastport as a new trim available in the all-new Passport lineup. The exclusive Pastport trim is unlike any SUV available today, showcasing the sleek exterior of the all-new 2019 Honda Passport (https://automobiles.honda.com/passport) with a masterfully simple throwback interior highlighting popular ’90s features, such as automatic windows, plush micro-fiber seats, a cassette player and a mount for a beeper. The Honda Pastport will be available in early April 2019 at Honda dealerships nationwide.

 

“From TV reboots to fashion, the ’90s are making a huge comeback, and we saw an opportunity at Honda for consumers who want uniqueness and simplicity, so we decided to reach back and bring the Pastport to market this spring,” said Zack Tanner, historical innovations manager for Honda. “We think the new Pastport is all that and a bag of chips.”

Honda Pastport Marketing Campaign

To introduce the Pastport, Honda is launching an integrated marketing campaign that fully embraces ’90s aesthetic with a new TV spot shot in a 4:3 format and standard definition (https://honda.us/Pastport). The :60 commercial debuts on Honda’s YouTube channel today with additional versions of the spot featured on Honda social media channels, including Twitter (@Honda), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Honda/), and Instagram (@Honda).

Fans of the Honda Pastport can dial 1-833-PASTPORT to listen to a very special message from Fred Savage, who also happens to be the official voice of the Honda brand. Callers are encouraged to leave a detailed message on the Company’s microcassette answering machine explaining why they’d like to own a Pastport. The Pastport hotline will be promoted throughout the marketing campaign and is featured during the commercials.  

The 2019 Honda Passport

 The 2019 Passport is the newest addition to Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup and delivers a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road capability, along with best-in-class interior space. Designed for adventure-seekers who want the exceptional on- and off-road capability of Honda’s available i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, the power and towing capability of its 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V6, and the more personal and rugged character of a five-passenger SUV, Passport fits between the refined and compact CR-V and the larger, family-focused three-row Pilot.

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport comes standard with 20-inch wheels, a blackout grille, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, as well as higher ground clearance and wider track than the three-row Pilot. Along with Passport’s best-in-class interior passenger space and total interior volume, the SUV features a large “basement” cargo area ideal for storing dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight. Key premium technologies available on Passport include in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, a high-resolution 8-inch Display Audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging and more.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Your Passport to Adventure: Honda Taps the Adventure-Seeker in All of Us to Introduce All-New 2019 Passport

  • Passport campaign introduces America to newest Honda SUV, more powerful than CR-V and more off-road ready and personal than Pilot
  • Integrated campaign emphasizes Passport’s sporty and rugged styling – perfect for exploring the great outdoors and enjoying its on-road refinement
  • Campaign stretches across TV, print, outdoor, radio and digital with a larger social initiative launching in spring

Honda is debuting an integrated marketing campaign for the 2019 Honda Passport (https://automobiles.honda.com/passport), “Your Passport to Adventure,” to highlight the highly capable and versatile adventurous spirit of Honda’s all-new SUV: https://honda.us/YourPassporttoAdventure. With a modern, spacious interior and numerous high-tech features, the 2019 Passport fills an important role in Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup: larger and more powerful than CR-V and more off-road ready and personal than Pilot.

“Your Passport to Adventure” showcases the brand-new Honda Passport as the perfect vehicle for exploring the outdoors, playing off the vehicle’s name with passport-inspired stamps as a visual nod to the spirit of adventure. “Your Passport to Adventure” will air on television and be featured in print, out of home and on digital properties. In spring, the campaign expands to Honda’s social channels with additional engaging content geared toward inspiring outdoor enthusiasts. The Passport’s social campaign will also tap adventure influencers to document their experiences, including some daring adventures with Passport.

“Our new ‘Your Passport to Adventure’ marketing campaign perfectly captures the kind of adventurous lifestyle the new 2019 Honda Passport was designed to help our customers fulfill,” said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President of Honda Auto Marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We created the campaign to showcase how the Honda Passport is comfortable and refined in everyday driving, but with an adventurous spirit that also lets you take off for the road less traveled.”

“Your Passport to Adventure” Campaign Elements
The 2019 Honda Passport marketing campaign begins airing on national TV starting this week – including during the biggest awards night for film in select markets– and features two :30 “Your Passport to Adventure” spots and a third :30 spot, titled “Sometimes.” In the first “Your Passport to Adventure” spot (https://honda.us/YourPassporttoAdventure), a couple goes on an epic cross-country trip traveling in and out of breathtaking terrains like pages in a passport book. The moments are punctuated by passport-inspired stamps. The second “Your Passport to Adventure” commercial (https://honda.us/YourPassporttoAdventureElite), highlights the rich feature content of the Passport Elite, including a wireless charger, ventilated seats and hands-free access power tailgate. “Sometimes” (https://honda.us/Sometimes) is composed of aspirational vignettes that show how the Passport Elite trim can be a partner in the quest for adventure. Aimed at reaching African American consumers, “Sometimes” highlights key Passport features, including Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management System, underfloor cargo area and hands-free access power tailgate. In addition to national TV, Passport media will include a mix of sports programming, including high-profile sporting events – during key NHL and NBA match-ups, as well as homepage takeovers on ESPN and CBS Sports, and will also run throughout primetime video on demand.

The outdoor campaign uses location-specific headlines to encourage people to get out of their respective cities and into the wilderness, which is often closer than they think. The imagery is based on the visual style found in actual passports, and each headline is made out of passport-inspired stamps. One billboard in Manhattan urges people to “Cross bridges beyond Brooklyn.” Another in Boston reminds people to “Leave the red brick roads behind.” The high impact out of home ads will run in top markets including Los Angeles, New York, Denver Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.

Passport will be featured in print within active lifestyle publications including: Outside MagazineTravel and LeisureNational Geographic and Men’s Health.  Both the print and out of home campaign creative feature four different environments for Passport adventuring: desert, mountains, coastal and forest.

Additional integrated media for Passport includes partnerships with adventure-centric brands like ESPNGear PatrolOutsideand Havoc, tapping into adventure expert talent to showcase the Passport within active outdoor settings. Passport will also be featured through Honda’s immersive music (Honda Stage) and gaming properties (partnership with Twitch).

The 2019 Honda Passport
The 2019 Passport is the newest addition to Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup and delivers a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road capability along with best-in-class interior space. Designed for adventure-seekers who want the exceptional on- and off-road capability of Honda’s available i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, the power and towing capability of its 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V6, and the more personal and rugged character of a five-passenger SUV, Passport fits between the refined and compact CR-V and the larger, family-focused three-row Pilot.

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport comes standard with 20-inch wheels, a blackout grille, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, as well as higher ground clearance and wider track than the three-row Pilot. Along with Passport’s best-in-class interior passenger space and total interior volume, the SUV features a large “basement” cargo area ideal for storing dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight. Key premium technologies available on Passport include in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, a high-resolution 8-inch Display Audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, and more.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Adventure-Ready 2019 Honda Passport Launches Into Dealers on February 4

  • Unique blend of on-and off-road capability
  • Class-leading safety features and standard Honda Sensing®
  • Standard 280HP V6, available i-VTM4™ torque vectoring AWD with
    5,000-pound towing capacity
  • Best-in-class interior volume and passenger space

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport begins arriving at Honda dealerships nationwide on February 4, filling out Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup and delivering a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road capability along with best-in-class interior space. The entry-level yet well-equipped Passport Sport carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $31,990 (excluding $1,045 destination and handling).

Designed for adventure-seekers who want the exceptional on- and off-road capability of Honda’s available i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, the power and towing capability of its 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V6, and the more personal and rugged character of a five-passenger SUV, Passport fits between the refined and compact CR-V and the larger, family-focused three-row Pilot. Using Honda’s reinforced unibody Global Light Truck platform, the 2019 Passport features a fully-boxed floor structure, and the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure along with a sophisticated fully independent suspension offering exceptional on-and off-road driving performance.

Available in Sport, EX-L, Touring and Elite trims, all Passports come standard with 20-inch wheels, a blackout grille, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, as well as higher ground clearance and wider track than the three-row Pilot. Inside, Passport offers best-in-class passenger space and total interior volume and features a large “basement” cargo area ideal for storing dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight. Key premium technologies available on Passport include in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, a high-resolution 8-inch Display Audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, and more.

The 2019 Passport is also available with a wide array of Genuine Honda accessories including the Adventure Package and Urban Package that provide cost-efficient ways to enhance the character and functionality of the new SUV. Other accessories allow Passport to accommodate a broad variety of outdoor gear, from bikes and kayaks to skis and snowboards.

The all-new Passport was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas in Los Angeles, California and Raymond, Ohio. The vehicle and its V6 engine are produced by associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama, using domestic and globally sourced parts, alongside the Honda Ridgeline pickup, Odyssey minivan and Pilot three-row SUV.

2019 Passport Pricing & EPA Ratings

Model / Trim / Drivetrain Transmission MSRP1 MSRP1Including $1,045 Destination Charge EPA Mileage Rating
(City/Hwy/Combined)2
Passport Sport (2WD) 9AT $31,990 $33,035 20 / 25 / 22
Passport Sport (AWD) 9AT $33,890 $34,935 19 / 24 / 21
Passport EX-L (2WD) 9AT $36,410 $37,455 20 / 25 / 22
Passport EX-L (AWD) 9AT $38,310 $39,355 19 / 24 / 21
Passport Touring
(2WD)
9AT $39,280 $40,325 20 / 25 / 22
Passport Touring
(AWD)
9AT $41,180 $42,225 19 / 24 / 21
Passport Elite
(AWD)
9AT $43,680 $44,725 19 / 24 / 21

About Honda 
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Honda Begins Production of All-New 2019 Passport in Alabama

All-new Passport joins award-winning Honda SUV lineup

More than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (HMA) today celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2019 Honda Passport SUV. Going on sale early next year, Passport is produced exclusively at HMA and will play an important role in Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup, providing a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road adventure capability.

“Today, we celebrate the dedication of our Honda team in Alabama in delivering this new, adventure-ready sport utility vehicle to our customers,” said Mike Oatridge, vice president of HMA. “I congratulate all of our associates for their commitment to our customers as we begin production of the new Passport, which is Honda’s most rugged light truck model with features that deliver more of what today’s adventurous customers want and need.”

The Passport was revealed last month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and will slot between the compact CR-V and three-row Pilot in Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup.

“The positive response to Passport really signals Honda is poised to compete in this segment,” said Lara Harrington, Chief Engineer and Passport Development Leader. “I think we are hitting the market at just the right time for this vehicle. The Honda Passport is designed to bring a more personal, rugged and off-road SUV to our award- winning light truck lineup and we are all excited to see where this new product will take us.”

The Passport is produced in Alabama alongside other members of the award- winning Honda light-truck lineup, including the Pilot sport utility vehicle, the Odyssey minivan and the innovative Ridgeline pickup truck. The existing lineup of Honda SUVs – Pilot, CR-V and HR-V – has been recognized as the “Best SUV Brand” by U.S. News & World Report for four consecutive years. The Ridgeline was selected as the 2017 North American Truck of the Year.

Passport, the newest addition to the Honda SUV lineup, is based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform and shares much of its underlying structure with the three- row Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup, including a highly rigid unibody construction.

About Honda Manufacturing of Alabama

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) is Honda’s leading light truck production facility employing more than 4,500 associates. HMA has the capability to produce more than 340,000 vehicles and V6 engines each year. Since the start of production on Nov. 14, 2001, HMA has built more than 4.7 million vehicles and engines. HMA’s capital investment totals more than $2.6 billion at its 4.6 million square foot facility in Lincoln, Alabama.

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Executive Remarks from the 2019 Honda Passport and Talon Reveals

Henio Arcangeli, Jr. 
Senior Vice President of the American Honda Automobile Division

Welcome and thank you for joining us here, and online on the eve of the LA Auto Show.

We have not one, but TWO great vehicles to share with you today—one from our Honda Powersports group and the other a new addition to our award-winning Honda light truck lineup.

At SEMA last month, we had some fun with the Rugged Open-Air Vehicle Concept which spoke to the unique capabilities of Honda and our diverse product lines, combining elements of our Pioneer side-by-side and Ridgeline pickup.

But this is the first time we’re debuting a new automobile and a new Powersports vehicle on the same stage. And as it turns out, both of the vehicles you will meet today share some common themes.

To start, both are built for adventure—one that will take you to the trailhead, and the other to practically anywhere you want to go from there.

Both also were designed and developed by our U.S. R&D teams here in Los Angeles and in Ohio. And both will be manufactured in America—one at Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing, where we produce ATVs and all of our side-by-side vehicles, and the other from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama,  home to Pilot, Ridgeline, and Odyssey.

So today, we’re showcasing some of the things that make us unique and enable us to say “only Honda” can do this.

I’ll be back in a minute, but to tell you more about one of these two adventure-oriented new Hondas, let me first introduce the vice president of the Powersports Division of American Honda, Chuck Boderman, who will tell you what they’ve got in store.

 

Chuck Boderman 
Vice President of Powersports Division of American Honda

Thanks, Henio, and good afternoon everyone.

So, “Life is Better Side-by-Side.” That’s the name of the advertising campaign we’re launching today along with the new vehicle that we’re all here to see.  But what does that tagline mean?

Our marketing people recently told me a story about two-time Motocross Champion Ken Roczen that I think captures the concept: When we signed Kenny to Team Honda in 2017, one of his requests was a Pioneer 1000, which he keeps at his place near St. George. If you’re one of the many people who follow Kenny on social media, you may have seen his Pioneer make the occasional cameo appearance.

Earlier this year, our marketing folks were out riding dirt bikes in Utah with Kenny’s family. At one point, when our team was catching their breath after a rough section, Kenny’s father in law, Greg Savage, mentioned that they often drive that same trail in their Pioneer.

“Some people look at us like we’re crazy,” Greg laughed, “but the Pioneer makes it through everything and lets us share the experience with each other in a way that’s only possible with a side-by-side.”

To me, that perfectly sums up the appeal of these products—the fact that you’re literally side-by-side.

In 2008, we released the utility-oriented Big Red, our first side-by-side, but in recent years we’ve focused exclusively on the Multi-purpose category, the largest segment in the side-by-side business.

We introduced the Pioneer 700 in 2014, followed by the Pioneer 500 a year later and then the award-winning Pioneer 1000 in 2016. That gave us a complete Multi-purpose lineup and a firm establishment in that category.

The Pioneers have introduced new technology to the side-by-side market, including Dual Clutch Transmission, Quick-Flip seating, Hill-Start Assist, and I-4WD.

While Multipurpose is still the largest category, the Sport side-by-side market is also showing significant growth. So our next chapter will enter the Sport category—it’s very important to our dealers and highly anticipated by our customers.

The Sport side-by-side scene is populated primarily by the 64-inch Two-Person class. Following a similar path to what we did in the Multi-purpose market, Honda’s multi-year plans will establish a strong Sport presence with new technology and versatility—first entering the 64-inch two-person class and then growing from there.

Development on this new vehicle was headed up by our Honda R&D branch in Ohio. And manufacturing will be handled by Honda of South Carolina, which has undergone a recent expansion to help meet the demand of our growing SXS and ATV lineup worldwide.

Which just about brings us to the big moment, but first let me add a small afterword to my story about Ken Roczen’s father in law.

At the end of that Utah dirt bike ride, Greg Savage pulled one of our marketing people aside and said, “You know how I was saying how fun it is to drive our Pioneer on that trail? Well It would actually be even better with even more performance. You guys should make a sport side-by-side.”

I think he was on to something. Let’s take a look.

Wayne Lambert
Senior Product Planner, Honda Powersports

How’s that for an entrance?!

Hi everyone. I’m Wayne Lambert, American Honda’s Powersports Senior Product Planner. And more importantly, this is the new Honda Talon! What do you think?

I’m so excited about this vehicle that I wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity to drive it onstage for this world debut.

And I’m not the only one who’s excited. This day has been highly anticipated by a lot of people, and for quite a while now.

A project as significant and important as this one could not have happened without a lot of help from a big team.

I’d like to thank the other project leaders. Honda R&D Los Angeles: Eric Dunshee Honda R&D Ohio: Jeremy McGuire Camas Reed Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing: Matt Joseph.

As Chuck explained, the Sport side-by-side market is really healthy at the moment. And our research shows that a large percentage of those customers own, or have owned, other Honda powersports products,  whether they be dirt bikes, sport bikes, ATVs, or Multipurpose side-by-sides.

These folks already have an emotional connection with our brand, and they want to own a Honda Sport side-by-side.

Well, now they can.

If you look closely, you can see that Honda connection through the Talon’s design and styling.

For example, the high bodyline and wing logo will be familiar to any Honda powersports fans in this room.

But the appeal of the Talon goes beyond emotion, as this vehicle brings new technology and performance to the Sport side-by-side world.

Like Henio said, we’ve leveraged Honda’s automobile technologies to deliver what is truly a high-performance four-wheel off-road vehicle.

For example, features like a Dual-Clutch Transmission and precise handling echo a sports car or super car, while the large-body Fox shocks and long-travel suspension are features familiar to anyone who follows off-road trophy-truck or Ultra4 racing—the main difference being that the Talon is actually attainable.

Speaking of suspension, there are actually two Talon models. And while they share 85% of their parts and are both suitable for a broad spectrum of terrain and conditions, each has suspension and wheelbase specs that are focused to achieve specific driving characteristics.

The version you see here is the Talon 1000R, which is 68.4 inches wide and has 17.7 and 20.1 inches of travel, front and rear, for exceptional high-speed tracking and large-bump absorption.

If maneuverability and precise handling are your priorities, the Talon 1000X delivers both, thanks to a 64.0-inch width and suspension stroke of 14.6 and 15.1 inches, front and rear respectively.

Both Talon models are powered by Honda’s awesome parallel twin-cylinder 999cc Unicam engine, which makes a ton of power and torque and produces a thrilling sound.

At least as importantly, it does an amazing job of delivering that power to the wheels—and, ultimately, to the ground.

That efficient transfer of power is thanks in part to the geared Dual Clutch Transmission.

While many of you auto folks here know DCT well, Honda is still the only manufacturer to offer that technology in any powersports vehicle, and we do so in street bikes, adventure motorcycles, ATVs, and Multipurpose side-by-sides.

Now, high-performance DCT comes to the Talon.

Tuned specifically for the Sport side-by-side application, this six-speed transmission has two automatic modes—Drive and Sport—as well as a full Manual mode, with steering-column mounted paddle shifting.

When our designers developed this vehicle’s interior, one of their priorities was to create a passenger compartment that lets whoever’s riding shotgun have as much fun as the driver.

Be sure and stick around after we’re finished here so that you can check out that and the Talon’s other impressive features.

Chuck mentioned our “Life is Better Side-by-Side” campaign, and that tagline could also apply to the working relationship between powersports and automotive.

And on that note, let’s bring Henio back up for some other big news from Honda.

Henio Arcangeli, Jr.

Thanks, Wayne. Congratulations—the Talon looks awesome!

Now, let’s talk Honda trucks.

It’s no secret that SUVs are all the rage.

This year, Honda will hit a new all-time sales record of more than 750-thousand light trucks and we want to thank all of our SUV, minivan and pickup truck customers for making that possible!

Today, we’re adding a new chapter to our light-truck story and, ironically, the nameplate of our very first Honda SUV, the 1994 thru 2002 Passport, returns as our newest SUV.

The new Passport, which will launch early next year, attacks a segment where we don’t currently compete.

It’s bigger, more rugged and powerful than CR-V, but more personal and sporty than the family-focused Pilot with even better off-road performance.

And while the market isn’t short on options, we believe the new Passport delivers something unique:  More off-road capable than “soft-roaders” in the segment, but with much better on-road dynamics than the off-road centric vehicles in the class, while still delivering a high level of rugged-terrain and all-weather capability.

And, I’m thrilled to be able to share it with all of you now. Ladies and gentleman, please welcome the all-new 2019 Honda Passport!

Jay Joseph
Assistant Vice President, Automobile Product Planning

Good afternoon everyone. I’m Jay Joseph, and I have the pleasure of heading up our automobile Product Planning team at American Honda.

As Henio said, this new Passport fits between the CR-V and Pilot in our lineup, with packaging and performance closer to the Pilot.

However, the Passport target buyer will be younger than a Pilot shopper, less likely to have kids, and with a higher household income than a typical CR-V buyer.

We see Passport customers as people who are at a life stage where a more personal-sized SUV suits their needs, and they want the confidence of off-road and all-weather capability, but with the style, comfort, and refinement to handle their daily commute effortlessly.

The overall look is familiar, sharing a lot with Pilot intentionally. But key styling cues and its unique stance and proportions, including a 6-inch shorter rear overhang and faster rear window angle, communicate Passport’s more rugged mission.

This starts with Passport’s foundation in our Global Light Truck platform, providing a rugged, fully boxed floor structure for strength and rigidity, while retaining all of the advantages of uni-body construction and a four-wheel independent suspension.

In other words, you get a vehicle that is tough enough for off-road excursions, with superior ride quality on-road.

Passport’s exclusive design details contribute to this rugged, yet sophisticated positioning with its blackout treatment for the grille, front bumper and LED headlights, and black wheel arches over the only standard 20-inch wheels and tires in this segment.

At the rear, standard LED taillights emphasize the wide rear cargo area within, and the dual chrome exhaust outlets add a little flash.

Passport was developed to deliver the space, versatility, premium features and technologies that today’s midsize SUV customers seek.

On the outside, depending on trim level, that includes all-LED lighting, heated and power folding side mirrors, a power tailgate with hands-free operation, and a standard multi-angle rearview camera with a bird’s eye view, ideal for backing up to a trailer.

Inside, there’s a standard digital driver’s meter, and from the EX-L and up, our latest Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, HondaLink with in-car Wi-Fi, and over-the-air updates, and the very latest in audio technology: a volume knob. Maybe that’s more of a retro feature, but certainly an important one.

Passport also delivers the packaging magic customers expect of Honda, starting with the largest passenger volume and the largest combined passenger and cargo space in the class.

In the second-row, Passport has forward sliding seats for easy access to our spacious and versatile cargo area from the side.

Of course, there’s plenty of storage space for all of your gear.

That’s especially true in the back, where Passport borrows a trick from its pickup truck cousin, the Ridgeline: Instead of an In-Bed Trunk however, Passport has a “basement” cargo hold. At 2.5 cubic feet, it’s the largest hidden cargo storage in the class… perfect for stashing dirty gear or keeping valuable items hidden away.

It’s covered by a versatile cargo floor—carpet on one side and easy-to-clean hard surface on the other.
And, we’ll offer removable and washable accessory bins, including one for easy storage of your trailer hitch ball, pin, and the key for the wheel locks.

Consistent with our mission to keep Honda at the forefront of safety, Passport targets top safety ratings from NHTSA’s NCAP and the IIHS.

In addition, Honda Sensing will be standard equipment on all trim levels of the Passport. Standard Honda Sensing will be a major advantage for Passport. Only one other model in the segment offers this level of standard technology, while most competitors charge thousands of dollars to get a comparable level of equipment.

Under the hood, Passport’s 3.5 liter, 280-horsepower i-VTEC V6 engine puts it among the top two in standard horsepower in the class.

The V6 is mated to the latest version of our 9-speed automatic transmission, with its improved overall performance and shift refinement thanks to a number of hardware and software enhancements for 2019.

The standard towing capacity is 3,500 pounds, and with the optional towing package Passport can tow up to 5,000 pounds, perfect for toy trailers, a bass boat, or maybe a new Talon side-by-side.

To put the power down, all-wheel-drive models use our i-VTM4 torque vectoring system which actively sends torque to the wheel or wheels that can put it to use without waiting for wheel slip, like some competitor’s systems.

To that, we add our Intelligent Traction Management system, which allows the driver to select different engine, transmission, and all-wheel-drive performance settings for varying terrain and road conditions, including Snow, Sand and Mud modes. This system was tuned and tested in some of the world’s most challenging on- and off-road environments—Dubai, Russia, Minnesota, and the dunes of Glamis, California.

Some of you with us here today recently experienced the off-road capability of i-VTM4 and the latest version of our 9-speed automatic transmission at the 2019 Pilot press launch, and we heard how impressed you were by the kind of terrain Pilot was able to tackle.

Passport is even better. With roughly 1-inch more ride height and shorter overall length, Passport offers even better approach, departure, and breakover angles than Pilot, which translates to even greater off-road capability.

Now, you probably won’t see too many of our customers tackling the Rubicon trail, but on wooded trails, sand, snow, and dirt—where most customers use their SUVs—Passport is every bit as capable and, frankly, a lot more fun and comfortable than traditional hardcore competitors like Grand Cherokee and 4Runner.

As is Honda’s way, the combined goodness of this all-new Passport is packaged together in four very well-equipped trim levels: Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite, each offering significant competitive value in the segment.

Finally, as you can see, Passport is available with a wide variety of Honda accessories to let buyers customize their vehicle to suit their personal adventure.

There are racks for everything imaginable, and specialized accessory packages like the Adventure package here, which combines a trailer hitch, roof racks with crossbars and more.

I’d like to introduce some of the team who were instrumental in Passport’s development. There’s Lara Harrington, Chief Engineer and Development Leader for the new Passport from Honda R&D, and Justin Chiodo, Senior Product Planner for the Passport. They’re both available if you have any questions about our new Passport.

Thanks again to each of you for taking time out of your busy auto show schedule to join us here today.

We hope that having the chance to see TWO new Honda adventure vehicles made it more fun for you, and an even more valuable investment of your time.

Before we invite you to take a closer look at our all-new Passport and Talon, please give us just a moment for a few photos of today’s presenters and these two exciting new Honda 4-wheeled vehicles.

Thanks everyone!

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2019 Honda Passport Makes World Debut: Adventure-Ready All-New 5-passenger SUV on Display at 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

  • Passport provides a unique blend of on- and off-road prowess with exceptional occupant and cargo hauling capability
  • 280-horsepower V6 and available sophisticated all-wheel drive system give Passport robust towing and off-road capabilities
  • Standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive tech on all trims
  • Multiple accessory options to personalize Passport ownership

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport 5-passenger V6-powered SUV made its world debut today. Going on sale early next year, Passport provides a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road adventure capability along with best-in-class interior space.

The all-new Honda Passport will slot between the compact CR-V and three-row Pilot in Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup. The model’s reinforced unibody frame, powerful direct-injected i-VTEC® V6 engine, fully independent suspension and nimble steering make it an ideal choice for driving long distances or around town. In addition, the robust off-road capability offered by the available Honda i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and its four-mode Intelligent Traction Management system means Passport can tackle the kind of tough terrain normally reserved for less refined body-on-frame or off-road focused SUVs.

“The all-new 2019 Honda Passport provides the on-road comfort and nimble handling buyers will appreciate on their daily commute with the robust off-road and all-weather capability that make for a great weekend adventure vehicle,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and general manager, Honda Division. “We saw an opportunity to deliver something that Honda is uniquely capable of making and the new Passport is in a great position to capture buyers looking for a more personal, powerful and capable Honda SUV.”

Designed and developed exclusively by Honda’s North America R&D teams in Torrance, California, and Raymond, Ohio, the Passport and its V6 engine will be manufactured at the company’s Lincoln, Alabama plant.

Additional key product highlights include:

  • Standard 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter, direct-injected V6 engine with i-VTEC® valvetrain mated to latest-generation 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) torque-vectoring all-wheel drive enhances on- and off-road performance
  • Intelligent Traction Management system with available Snow, Sand and Mud modes help optimize performance for varying surface conditions
  • Standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technology
  • Standard 20-inch alloy wheels and tires on all trims
  • Best-in-class underfloor cargo storage
  • Wide range of Honda accessories for active lifestyles, including Adventure and Urban accessory packages

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport’s rugged exterior design and stance is highlighted by standard 20-inch wheels, a matte-black grille, floating roof design, aggressive wheel arches, increased ride height and a tailgate design that emphasizes width.

Inside, Passport offers best-in-class passenger space (115.9 cu.-ft.) and total interior volume (157.1 cu.-ft.) for carrying family, friends and weekend adventure gear. Passport features a large (best-in-class 2.5 cu.-ft.) segmented underfloor cargo compartment for carrying dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight.

Passport will be offered in four trims: the well-appointed Sport, upgraded EX-L, high-tech Touring, and the fully equipped Elite. All models except the line-topping Elite can be configured with 2- or all-wheel drive – all Elite trims come standard with all-wheel drive. All trims will feature 20-inch alloy wheels and tires, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology, LED headlights, fog lights, taillights and DRLs, Smart Start and Smart Entry and three-zone automatic climate control. EX-L and higher trims utilize Honda’s latest Display Audio interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, a physical volume knob and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration.

Additional exterior upgrades, depending on trim, include a power tailgate with available hands-free operation, a one-touch tilt/slide moonroof and heated auto-dimming and power folding side mirrors. Furthermore, the blind spot information system, rear cross traffic monitor, and front and rear parking sensors are available driver assistive technologies. Available premium features include second-row sunshades, wireless phone charging, embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi, premium audio, and HondaLink® cloud-based services, including remote unlocking, concierge services, stolen vehicle tracking and more.

 

Powertrain

All 2019 Honda Passport trims are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 peak horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net), placing Passport in the top of its class for standard horsepower in a segment where some competitors offer less powerful 4-cylinder engines as standard equipment. The Honda i-VTEC® V6 is mated to the latest-generation of Honda’s 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT) that is among the most advanced in the class, offering smooth and responsive power delivery.

At the heart of the robust all-weather and off-road driving capabilities is Honda’s available i-VTM4™ all-wheel drive system. Unlike most competing systems, i-VTM4™ uses active torque vectoring to send up to 70 percent of engine torque to the rear axle and 100 percent of that torque to either the left or right rear wheels. This capability gives Passport excellent handling in all conditions, such as rain-slicked or snowy roads or sandy trails, while also contributing to more responsive performance by overdriving the outside rear wheel in turns. In addition, the Intelligent Traction Management (ITM) is standard on both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive Passport. In all-wheel drive applications, the four-mode ITM systems works in conjunction with i-VTM4™, allowing drivers to customize powertrain performance for different weather and terrain, including sand, snow and mud. In front-wheel drive models, the system has two modes for normal and snow conditions.

Tested in the world’s harshest environments, including the sands of Dubai, muddy country roads of Russia, and snowbound trails in Minnesota, the combination of i-VTM4™ and Intelligent Traction Management make Passport more capable off road than many unibody SUVs, giving drivers the confidence to tackle not just wet or rainy conditions, but a variety of harsh off-road terrains.

Passport is well equipped for towing, with 3,500-pound capacity on front-wheel drive models and 5,000 pounds on all-wheel drive models when both are equipped with the optional towing package. Passport is the gateway to adventure being able to tow camping trailers, boats, or “toy” haulers, over more rugged terrain. The standard multi-view rear-view camera makes connecting to a trailer easier than ever with its “overhead” option giving the driver a bird’s eye view of the hitch and trailer.

Exterior Design and Platform

Honda’s most rugged light truck yet, Passport’s expressive design leaves no doubt of its adventure-seeking mission and is highlighted by its higher ride height, standard 20-inch wheels, 245/50R all-weather tires and sporty styling cues, including a matte black grille and bumper, blackout headlights and black wheels. LED headlight accents, gloss black trim, a “floating” C-pillar, and chrome exhaust finishers hint at Passport’s around-town sophistication. Trim-exclusive wheel designs are available across the lineup, and Touring and Elite trims offer upsized 265/45R20 tires as standard equipment.

Beyond good looks, Passport’s design offers superior functionality as well. Ground clearance is up 0.5 inches on front-wheel drive models and 1.1 inches on all-wheel drive models compared to Passport’s three-row sibling, Pilot, while its shorter overall length and shortened rear overhang offer improved approach, departure and breakover angles, suitable for more rugged terrain.

Passport’s wider wheels and tires complement its athletic and sporty stance and support both responsive around-town handling and increased grip off-road. A ruggedly styled front end stands out on the road with its scratch-resistant matte finish grill suited to the off-road adventures Passport is designed for.

Passport is based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform and shares much of its underlying structure with the three-row Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup, including its highly rigid unibody construction. This platform has a fully boxed floor that is sophisticated yet strong with a four-wheel independent suspension, with MacPherson struts in front and a multilink independent rear. The latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, provides outstanding frontal collision protection and collision compatibility with larger and smaller vehicles.

Interior Design and Packaging

Passport’s modern and sophisticated interior design offers ample space for five people and provides class-leading passenger volume of 115.9 cu.-ft. and best-in-class total interior volume of 157.1 cu.-ft. From Sport to Elite trims, Passport features high-quality interior appointments including attractive and durable cloth on Sport or perforated leather on EX-L, Touring and Elite trims, a blackout headliner, and generous use of soft-touch surfaces on the dash and doors.

Passport’s interior also offers class-leading utility. Behind the second row of seats is a cargo area generously sized for weekend camping trips or excursions to the home improvement store, with 41.2 cu. ft. of space, expandable to 77.9 cu. ft. with the second row folded flat, which is more than enough to accommodate mountain bikes or a week’s worth of camping gear. From the cargo area, the second-row seatbacks fold with the push of a button, and Passport’s main cargo floor is reversible between carpeted and easy-to-clean hard plastic surfaces. Passport features class-leading underfloor storage, with 2.5 cu. ft. of easily accessible compartmented storage, which can be accessorized with removable washable bins, including a custom bin for storing the available accessory trailer hitch receiver.

There’s also plenty of space for small stuff. Passport offers generous storage space for front seat passengers, including a huge center console bin between the front seats with a rolling cover that serves as a tray when closed. Additional storage is found in the doors and ahead of the push-button gear selector.

Technology

Packed with available modern amenities such as an audio and connectivity system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration and a digital driver’s meter, Passport delivers all the modern technology that today’s SUV buyers demand.

Passport Sport trim comes standard with a 215-watt audio system with a 5-inch display monitor and 6 speakers, plus a subwoofer. Passport EX-L, Touring and Elite trims feature Honda’s 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration and manual power/volume knob. The Display Audio system uses gestures common to smartphones and tablets, such as swipe, tap and pinch, to control the vehicle’s audio system, display settings and other advanced features. Intuitive and easy to use, with a simplified menu structure, it also offers customizable shortcuts for commonly used features and customizable app locations. Passport Touring and Elite trims come with a 590-watt 10-speaker premium audio system.

Passport’s instrument cluster uses a 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen with a wide range of information content. In addition to displaying typical vehicle functions such as vehicle speed and RPM, the full-color digital meter includes a Multi-Information Display (MID) with customizable features, such as audio system information, a detailed trip computer, phone information, and turn-by-turn route guidance on Passport models equipped with navigation. Drivers navigate the new TFT using steering wheel controls designed for intuitive operation, such as Bluetooth® phone buttons that are more easily distinguished by touch.

Touring and Elite trims of Passport provide 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi TCU that can supporting up to seven devices and a free 90-day/3GB trial period AT&T data plan. The TCU is key to Passport’s support of numerous HondaLink® cloud-based services. Using an app, owners can keep track of maintenance and even book appointments, remember their Passport’s location and numerous other functions.

Safety and Driver Assistance Technology

The Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies is standard on all 2019 Passport trims. Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases helps drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions slowing or even stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Honda Sensing® includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) featuring Forward Collison Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The new Passport was designed to provide a high level of active and passive safety performance and targets an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score safety rating and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating. All tested 2019 model-year Honda vehicles achieve an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score safety rating.

All Passport trims come equipped with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with overhead “bird’s eye” view, ideal for trailer hookups. Additional available driver-assistive technologies include dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, blind spot Information system (EX-L, Touring and Elite) with Rear Cross-Traffic Detection, and front and rear parking sensors (Touring and Elite).

Accessories

A wide variety of Honda Genuine Accessories are designed for Passport, including roof boxes of various sizes, a roof basket, and roof-mounted bike, kayak and ski or snowboard racks. Inside, Passport owners can weatherproof their cargo area with hard plastic covers for the floor, sides, and seatbacks. The underfloor storage can be divided with separate, removable and washable bins.

For those seeking a more sophisticated urban look, a variety of cosmetic exterior items are available, such as a colored graphics package, undercarriage welcome lights, and lighted door sills. From the outset, Passport will be available with two accessory packages. The Adventure Package adds running boards, a trailer hitch, fender flares and more for outdoor weekend getaways. The Urban Package adds front and rear underbody spoilers, unique 20-inch wheels, cargo storage bins and roof rails and crossbars for a sophisticated in-town look.

2019 Honda Passport: Major Specifications

Powertrain Engine Type V-6
Displacement 3471cc
Horsepower (SAE Net) 280 @6 000 rpm
Torque (SAE Net) 262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Fuel Injection Direct
Transmission 9-speed automatic (9AT)
All-Wheel Drive System
(AWD Models)
Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VM4™) with Intelligent Traction Management with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud modes
Chassis Front Suspension MacPherson strut
Rear Suspension Multi-link
Steering Electric power-assisted (EPS) rack-and-pinion
Wheels 20-inch alloy
All-Season Tires 245/50R 102H (Sport, EX-L);
265/45R 102H (Touring, Elite)
Towing Capacity, 2WD (AWD) 3,500 lbs (5,000 lbs) with tow package
Exterior Wheelbase 111.0 in.
Length 190.5 in.
Height 71.6 in.
Width 78.6 in.
Track Front/Rear, 2WD (AWD) 67.0/67.0 in. (66.7/66.7 in.)
Ground Clearance, 2WD (AWD) 7.8 in. (8.4 in.)
Approach/Departure Angles, Degrees, 2WD (AWD) 20.6/26.8 (21.4/27.6)
Interior Cargo Volume (Behind 2nd Row) SAE J1100 41.2 cu.-ft.
Cargo Volume (Behind 1st Row) SAE J1100 77.9 cu.-ft.
Cargo Volume (Behind 1st Row) SAE J1100 plus floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position. 100.7 cu.-ft.
Passenger Volume 115.9 (114.9 w/sunroof)

 

2019 Honda Passport: Major Features

SPORT (2WD / AWD)
20-Inch alloy wheels
245/50R20 Tire
Honda Sensing®
9-Speed Automatic Transmission
Auto Stop-Start
Headlight – LED Projector
LED Fog Lights
LED DRL
LED Taillights
Smart Start
Smart Entry
Remote Engine Start
8-Way Power Driver’s Seat
Driver’s Power Lumbar Support
Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control
215-watt Audio System with 6 Speakers, Plus a Subwoofer
2 USB ports
Cloth Seats
3-Way Backup Camera
Dual Exposed Exhaust finishers
Black Bumper Skid Garnish
Gloss Black Grille Surround
Matte Black Front & Rear Bumper Skid Garnish, Door Sash Garnish, Tailgate Garnish, Mirror Base

 

EX-L (2WD / AWD) adds or replaces Sport
Leather-Trimmed Seats
One-Touch Power Tilt and Slide Moonroof
Power Tailgate with Remote
Blind Spot Information
Cross-Traffic Alert
Heated Front Seats
4-Way Power Passenger Seat
Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror
Driver’s Seat and Door Mirror Memory
Display Audio
CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
2nd Row Sun Shade
XM Satellite Radio
HomeLink®
Auto Up/Down Power Windows
Heated outside Mirrors
3 USB ports
HD Radio
Illuminated Sunvisors
3-Way Backup Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

 

Touring (2WD / AWD) adds or replaces EX-L
Navigation
4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot
Front and Rear Parking Sensors
LED Inline Hi/Lo-Beam
Heated Rear Seats
Roof Rails
Power-Folding Outside Mirrors
Ambient Lighting
Power Tailgate with Remote and Hands-free Access
590-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers
Outside Mirrors with Integrated Turn Signals
AC Inverter (115V – 150W)
High Gloss Instrument Panel Trim
Acoustic Glass
265/45R20 Tires

 

Elite (AWD) adds or replaces Touring
Ventilated Front Seats
Auto-Dimming Side Mirrors
Heated Steering Wheel
Rain Sensing Front Wipers
Wireless Phone Charger
Gloss Black Front & Rear Bumper Skid Garnish, Door Sash Garnish, Tailgate Garnish, Mirror Base

 

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