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Honda Passport Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 190 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Honda Passport

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Attractive exterior and strong engine.

  • Cons

    Isuzu Rodeo offers better value. Interior ergonomics are not up to par.

  • What's New for 1997

    Honda drops the slow-selling DX four-cylinder Passport.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

I love it,i hate it

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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Passport

I recently bought my passport used,with 120.000 miles on it,it initially ran great; until it decided to drop every solenoid and control devices to actuate the 4wd, after repairing all that, it then decided to fail just about every emission control sensor/device under the hood ive replaced the a/i/c, the m/a/p,t/p/s and the m/a/f, and still have problems with a check engine light and, driveability....like i said its really a joy to drive when it wants to run. also to my dismay,it being an isuzu..there are isuzu parts, general motors parts,and some componentry that can be listed as idk???? so the prices for these parts vary from expensive to outrageous. i love it i hate it....

Great lil' suv

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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Passport

I bought this vehicle because I needed something more reliable than my old truck after I wrecked my Jeep. So far, its been pretty good. I took care of a couple of precautionary measures (belts, engine tune, etc.) and had to replace one window motor (easy to do, and it cost me $45). This little vehicle is great, it gets pretty good gas mileage. I love the 4wd on the fly. I have a black one, and recently put on a chrome brush guard and had the windows tinted really dark. This is one mean looking SUV now. I can get it to 45 mph from a dead stop in 50 yards. Great interior layout, and its pretty comfortable. Did I mention it looks cool? Great buy for a used car.

Love it to death

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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Passport

I have a 96 Passport with 218,000 and counting. Mechanical issues have been almost non existent. I use it to drive on the beach, pull my trailer and it has been on several family vacations. Most wonderful vehicle I have ever owned Honda buyer for life.

1996 honda passport 4 dr

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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Passport

Wow. Honda sure pulled the wool over the eyes of some of us naive Honda lovers. I am driving nothing more than an Isuzu Rodeo with Honda emblems. Bought this vehicle with 80K miles in 03. Since then, I have replaced 3 electric window motors, two rear gate gas shocks and it has a constant lifter ticking for which there doesn't seem to be a solution. A good looking SUV, especially in 1996 but this one is "egg on the face" for Honda Motors.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

It leaks from everywhere!!

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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Passport

It is difficult for me to think of a spot in this vehicle that does not leak. Oil leak, sunroof leak, door leak, window leak, and radiator leak ... all culminating in the last nine months. Didn't do so great in the Colorado Rockies either. Major lack of power at higher altitudes.

Reliable and durable

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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Passport

The Honda Passport has been extremely reliable. It has also performed very well in the snow, more some than some of the more car-like SUV's of recent years. Everything I would expect of a vehicle with the Honda name and more. I've owned it for 6 years w/o major issues.

Full 1997 Honda Passport Review

What's New for 1997

Honda drops the slow-selling DX four-cylinder Passport.

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Gas Mileage


  • 14
  • cty
  • 17
  • highway
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