2019 Honda Passport Review
Pros & Cons
- Spacious interior with lots of passenger space
- Comfortable front seats
- Enhanced off-road ability
- Many clever storage compartments
- Adaptive cruise control is only available over 20 mph
- Driver's seat might be positioned a little too high for some people
List Price Range
$27,000 - $45,397
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Which Passport does Edmunds recommend?
The topped-out Passport Elite is certainly the most desirable trim level with its ventilated seats and LED interior lighting, but we recommend most buyers look at the midlevel EX-L first. The EX-L offers all the standard safety equipment of the base Sport trim plus extras such as blind-spot monitoring and heated front seats. The EX-L also gets the Passport's larger 8-inch center screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Edmunds' Expert Review
With a powerful engine, a transmission that offers full manual control, and above-average handling chops, the Passport is easily a class leader in terms of the on-road driving experience. Its braking performance could stand to be improved a bit. And although it has been designed for better off-road capability, the Passport is still merely average in that metric.
The Passport is spacious and does comfort better than many in the segment. It has a wonderful ride quality, seats that you can spend all day in, a good tri-zone climate control, and available heated and ventilated seats.
The Passport offers a good combination of roominess, visibility and practicality. The driving position feels a bit upright and high, but that's usually what SUV buyers are looking for.
The Passport is an extremely useful SUV for hauling stuff. The abundant cargo area and multitude of interior storage bins come in handy for just about any use you'll have.
The Passport is packed with much of the modern technology features one would want. The infotainment touchscreen features a large high-contrast display and is easy to use. Device integration is simple, and there are power ports aplenty. But Honda's adaptive cruise in the Passport can be maddening because it only works above 20 mph.
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Most helpful consumer reviews
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
After a week of driving the new Passport my top five favorite features are : (1) The Honda Sensing safety suite (I especially love the Blind Spot Monitoring, included at EXL and above), (2) the Apple Car Play is terrific, (3) the Nav on this Touring trim also works well, (4) The push buttons in the cargo area for quick fold-down of the back seats rock!, and (5) The underfloor storage area in the cargo area is handy for keeping items out of sight and secured from sliding around in the back. This Passport is not perfect though, so here are five things I would have Honda change (the first four are right between the driver and front passenger): (1) The Captain’s chair style arm rests are a bit narrow and short for my liking. I’d prefer more real estate to rest my forearm on. (2). The push button gear selector takes some getting used to. It may be the future of gear selection, but I still prefer something more mechanical, where muscle memory takes over instead of the Passport’s version that requires looking down to ensure pressing the correct button. (3) The Auto Stop/Start of the engine (e.g. when idling at a red light) is defaulted to *ON* every time you start the engine. The good news is that it is just one button press (just below the gear selector) to turn it off, but that is a bit annoying to do on every trip if you do not like this feature. I wish it was defaulted to the OFF position. (4) on Touring & Elite there is glossy piano black trim that collects finger prints and smudges like a champ. Honda places this all around the gear selector so if you are searching by feel for the buttons you are sure to smudge it all up (I don’t think this is an issue on the Sport or EX-L). (5). The lighting choices on the back of the vehicle are perplexing. The white reverse lights are all the way down just above the exhaust tips, making them less visible. Also, it seems that Honda removed the red “tail-light extension” lighting found on the rear hatch of the current Pilot (possibly to make the Passport more distinctive). It makes the tail/brake lights seem puny to me and ultimately less safe due to lack of visibility. Despite these cons, I feel the new Passport deserves 5 stars based on my limited experience thus far. The acceleration doesn’t really impress, but if you are comfortable using the paddle shifters, you can easily downshift when needed to make that tight merge onto the interstate, etc. I was able to average 26 mpg on the highway, which exceeded my expectation for this size of vehicle. During city driving the mpg has dropped down to 17-19 for me, which (sadly) is about what I expected. But your combined mpg can easily be in the low 20s as advertised. I like a higher vehicle stance and the Passport delivers. You will find that you are eye-to-eye with any full size pickups on the road around you. Overall, if you can live with the applicable cons that I listed above, then I think you will be very happy with this vehicle.
Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
We bought our Silver with black Elite in March (6 months ago) and have put nearly 14,000 miles on it so far. We have had a cross country trip as well as a few other closer trips and we love it on the road. Very comfortable on the highway and passes slower traffic with ease. The car feels substantial on the road yet also somewhat nimble as you zip around town. I have loaded the Passport up with building materials several times and am always amazed at how much it will hold and the interior has held up very well to this abuse. I enjoy the looks of the Passport and the blacked out trim which gives it somewhat of a rugged look. The ventilated seats are adequate and similar to other cars that I have driven but don’t expect to actually feel air blowing out of the seat. We have had no problems with the car and have had the scheduled service done at the local dealer. If you want to do a lot of rock crawling and some serious off roading then you probably should get a 4Runner or a Jeep. If you are like the rest of us and want to have a comfortable, smooth road car with the ability to do some light off roading then look no further. We have enjoyed this car so much that we have decided to get another Elite but this time in white.
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
I now have 5000 miles on my Passport and still love this vehicle. I would change only one thing in it if I could. I would put the 6 speed transmission from my wife's 2018 Pilot in it. The 9 speed pushbutton is very smooth. However there is a noticeable hesitation when shifting from park to drive or reverse. I also like the shift lever better than the pushbuttons. However, I wouldn't let this stop me from buying another Passport. As I said in my first review this vehicle does everything well. It's a real comfortable very good handling SUV with plenty of power and loads of room. My wife loves her Pilot but says she would rather have a Passport. My Passport now has 8500 miles in 15 months. It runs smoother and quieter then when it was new. And it was real good then. It's faster than my 06 three series BMW was and my gas mileage is pretty good for a large AWD SUV. 22 mpg around town and 25 to 26 on the highway. I've never driven a better handling SUV and it has loads of room and is real comfortable. And not a problem so far. I also have a 2018 pilot. If you don't need the third row of seats I would definitely get the Passport.
Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
I have purchased 50 plus vehicles since my first car in 1959 and and first new car in 1960. They included vehicles from motor homes to motorcycles, conversion vans to sports cars, and an honest effort to find a perfect vehicle. All were in one way or another a compromise, too tall, too small, poor build quality, unreliable, etc. At still under 1,000 miles the 2019 Honda Passport Touring may be my nearest to purchasing an ideal vehicle. Reasonably priced the Passport has a surprising good ride. It is as quiet as my 2014 Acura TL. It is almost 2 seconds faster 0-60 than the hottest car made in 1957, the V8 Chevrolet with the performance package. In the long term I am convinced the V6 engine will be more reliable and less costly than the competition's turbocharged.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Passport models:
- Honda Sensing Package
- Includes driver aids such as forward collision mitigation with auto braking and lane departure warning. It's standard on all trim levels.
- Blind-Spot Monitoring System
- Visually alerts the driver when vehicles move into blind spots and audibly beeps if the turn signal is activated in that direction.
- Parking Sensors
- Indicates with visual and audible alerts how close the Passport is to objects during parking.