2019 Honda Passport Review
2019 Honda Passport Review
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Reviews EditorTravis Langness has worked in the automotive industry since 2011. He has written thousands of car-related articles and tested and reviewed hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career.
- 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
- All-new model
- Based on the larger three-row Honda Pilot
- Start of the third Passport generation
Automakers occasionally recycle nameplates from the past rather than come up with all-new names. Honda isn't one to dip into its back catalog all that often, but it has done so with the new 2019 Honda Passport.
Curiously, this isn't a name bursting with positive equity; the last Honda Passport was a rebadged Isuzu from the 1990s that lasted less than a decade before getting axed. Perhaps Honda figures enough time has passed that few people will remember that trucky SUV. Either that or it knows Americans like comeback stories.
Essentially, the reborn Passport is a shorter and taller Honda Pilot, which is certainly a good place to start. The Pilot is one of our favorite three-row crossover SUVs right now. Because it's shorter, the Passport doesn't have a third-row seat like the Pilot does. Instead, it dedicates more interior space for its second-row passengers. Honda also made the Passport a little more off-road capable thanks to a higher ground clearance and better approach and departure angles.
Under the hood, the Passport gets the same V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission that the Pilot uses. That V6 gives it 5,000 pounds of towing capability and strong unladen acceleration. We've been critical of the Pilot's nine-speed automatic in the past for clunky shifts. But with the Passport, Honda has seemed to have solved most of those issues.
The 2019 Honda Passport joins competitive vehicles such as the Ford Edge and new Chevrolet Blazer, which is another blast-from-the-past SUV this year. And among this group, it looks to be very competitive in regards to interior space, features and versatility. Whether you're interested in a vehicle capable of long weekend excursions or just something to comfortably tackle your daily commute, the 2019 Honda Passport is an excellent choice.
Notably, we picked the 2019 Passport as one of Edmunds' Best Midsize SUVs for this year.
What's it like to live with?
Want to know even more about the Passport? The Edmunds editorial team acquired a 2019 Honda Passport Touring to determine how this top-rated SUV performed over a full year of ownership. In many ways the Passport exceeded expectations, but there are some flaws to know about if you're considering one for yourself. Read our Passport long-term test to learn more.
Edmunds' Expert Rating8.1 / 10
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Honda Passport Elite (3.5L V6 | 9-speed automatic | AWD).
|Overall||8.1 / 10|
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 V6 delivers smooth and punchy acceleration. In Edmunds' instrumented testing, the Passport covered 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is among the quickest in the class. At full throttle, the nine-speed transmission shifts quickly and efficiently. Steering wheel shift paddles are also on hand to give you manual control.
The brakes offer a consistent feel and are easy to modulate. Under hard braking, the pedal feels a bit squishy. There's also a fair bit of nosedive that can make sudden stops feel a touch skittish. The Passport needed 126 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is average for a midsize SUV.
There may not be a lot of feel, but the steering is precise when going around turns and provides stability when cruising on the highway. Like the Honda Pilot, the lane keeping feature — if active — can be intrusive when cornering.
There's no denying the Passport is a high-riding and heavy SUV. Still, it manages to feel lighter and nimbler than most other rival SUVs. You can make quick lane changes with ease, and it's easy to drive around turns.
The Passport easily pulls away from a stop. It delivers power smoothly and the transmission shifts without hesitation. The engine has power from the bottom to the top end of the rpm range. It's one of the best in this class of SUV for drivability.
Honda gave the Passport's suspension roughly 1 inch more ground clearance and a shorter rear overhang compared to the Pilot, and that results in a better approach, breakover and departure angles. It lacks specific off-road aids such as hill descent control, but the AWD system's active center and rear differentials help to distribute torque where it's needed.
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 front seats are wide and plush and provide hours of comfort. The seat height is set a bit higher so there's less height adjustability than in some other SUVs. Lateral bolstering is lacking. The adjustable inboard armrests are great, as is the power lumbar support. The second-row seats are equally comfortable, provide a lot of fore and aft travel, and can recline.
The Passport has a slightly firmer suspension than the Pilot but sacrifices little ride comfort. It controls large body motions and small, high-frequency bumps equally well. Overall, ride quality is one of the best in the segment.
Noise & vibration8.0
Tire and wind noise is minimal, and the door sealing is very good. Honda's V6 sounds good at high rpm, too. Passengers are insulated from vibrations even over significant surface changes.
The tri-zone climate system is easy to control and effective at both heating and cooling. But sometimes it struggles to automatically adjust to maintain a target cabin temperature. The front seats are heated and ventilated, and they remember your last setting. Second-row passengers have their own set of climate control buttons, and they also have seat heaters in the Elite trim.
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.
Ease of use8.0
The responsive and vibrant touchscreen infotainment system is easy to use. Having knobs and buttons for other controls and functions is a good thing. The unique push-button-style shifter saves space but takes some getting used to.
Getting in/getting out7.5
The Passport has large door openings and comfortable seating positions that make it easy to enter and exit. Its slightly raised ride height, compared to the Honda Pilot, makes for a pretty negligible difference from a passenger standpoint.
Even at its lowest setting, the seat height feels high. We wouldn't say it's uncomfortable, but not everyone will like it. The steering wheel has good tilt adjustment, but some taller drivers might want the column to extend out a bit farther.
The interior is airy and provides lots of room in every dimension. Both front and rear seats have good head-, legroom and elbow room for the average occupant. You could even get away with sitting three adults in the back in comfort.
The Passport offers useful visibility all around. The multi-angle rearview camera is good but not as good as a 360-degree system that some competitors offer. The front and rear parking sensors come in handy.
Fit and finish is the hallmark of Honda, and the Passport is no different. The materials and assembly quality are high for a non-luxury vehicle. The soft-touch plastics on the dash combined with high-gloss black trim and matte-finish secondary controls look and feel good. The panel gaps are small and even.
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 has large door pockets, decent-size cupholders, a configurable small-item storage within the center console, and an abundance of shelves and cubbies. You will be hard-pressed to fill them all. There's a place for all personal items and then some.
The Passport is only bested by the Toyota 4Runner in cargo capacity, and by a small margin. It has ample amounts of space for cargo: 41.2 cubic feet behind the second row and a max volume of about 77.9 cubic feet. The load height, however, is on the higher side.
Child safety seat accommodation8.0
There's a good amount of space for car seat installations in the second row. LATCH anchor access is easy. The rear tethers are located on the second-row seatbacks.
Rated at 5,000 pounds, the AWD Passport's towing capacity matches that of most of the class but requires the Honda towing package. Two-wheel-drive versions are limited to 3,500 pounds.
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.
Audio & navigation8.0
The premium audio system, which is available on Touring trims and up, sounds great, fills the cabin space well, and allows for some pretty flexible sound adjustments. The subwoofer bass output is particularly good. The navigation system responds quickly to pinch and swipe gestures for easy map zooming and rotation. It offers various viewing modes as well.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard in the Passport and are easy to set up. Two 2.5-amp USBs reside up front: one for data and one for charging. The front row gets a wireless charger and two 12-volt power outlets. Two additional charge-only USB ports and a 115-volt AC outlet are in the second row. HondaLink allows users to connect to the in-cabin Wi-Fi.
The adaptive cruise control only works above 20 mph, making it not useful when you're in traffic, and the system isn't as smooth as others. All the other systems such as the lane keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring work well. The front sonar worked best with objects off to the side and not as well with objects directly in front.
The integrated voice controls provide easy-to-follow prompts. The available functions are basic (you can't adjust the climate controls, for instance), but what there is works well. You can also access Siri or Google through the cabin voice control button when your smartphone is plugged in.
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.
2019 Honda Passport models
The Passport is available in four trim levels: Sport, EX-L, Touring and Elite. Every Passport comes with Honda's 3.5-liter V6 (280 horsepower, 262 pound-feet of torque) and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Sport, EX-L and Touring. All-wheel drive is standard on the Elite and optional on the other three trim levels.
Standard feature highlights for the Sport include 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless access and ignition, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, Bluetooth, a 5-inch central display and a seven-speaker audio system.
In addition to the Sport features, the EX-L adds a power liftgate, a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, blind-spot monitoring, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, extra USB ports, satellite radio and an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen.
The Touring is a bit more comfortable and versatile thanks to features such as heated rear seats, a 10-speaker sound system, a hands-free liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, a 115-volt power outlet and integrated navigation.
With pretty much all the equipment the Passport has to offer, the Elite trim adds to the Touring trim level with auto-dimming side mirrors, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, LED interior lighting and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
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4.1 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
Five Stars, Five Pros & Five Cons
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.
5 out of 5 stars
It's not just a Pilot
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.
5 out of 5 stars
What's not to love
Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
We have had the 2019 Passport Elite for about 6 weeks. (1500 miles) We got 28.5 MPG on a recent trip. Almost bought a new Rav-4 but wife & I bumped our heads getting in. The Passport is incredibly roomy. We like the height and width and 20" tires. A 300 pound friend said it was the biggest back seat he had ever been in. Feels like a solid, well made vehicle. Pleasure to drive. Loaded … with technology. Enough power to keep you out of trouble.
5 out of 5 stars
61 years of car buying
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.
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.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover16.9%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
More about the 2019 Honda Passport
Used 2019 Honda Passport Overview
The Used 2019 Honda Passport is offered in the following submodels: Passport SUV. Available styles include Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A). Pre-owned Honda Passport models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 280 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Honda Passport comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Honda Passport comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Honda Passport?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Honda Passport trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Honda Passport Sport is priced between $27,583 and$37,711 with odometer readings between 9277 and60769 miles.
- The Used 2019 Honda Passport EX-L is priced between $27,940 and$36,999 with odometer readings between 13364 and78424 miles.
- The Used 2019 Honda Passport Touring is priced between $31,990 and$37,999 with odometer readings between 11297 and55284 miles.
- The Used 2019 Honda Passport Elite is priced between $34,299 and$41,590 with odometer readings between 9527 and58082 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Honda Passport?
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