The Honda Passport is a line of sport utility vehicles (SUV) from the Japanese automaker Honda. Originally, it was a badge engineered version of the Isuzu Rodeo, a mid-size SUV sold between 1993 and 2002. It was introduced in 1993 for the 1994 model year as Honda's first entry into the growing SUV market of the 1990s in the United States. The first and second generation Passport was manufactured by Subaru Isuzu Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana. Like various other Honda models, it re-used a name from their motorcycle division, the Honda C75 Passport. The other two name candidates were Elsinore and Odyssey, the latter would be re-used a year later on a minivan.[4]

Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport Sport AWD
Overview
ManufacturerHonda
Production
  • 1993–2002
  • 2018[1][2]–present
Model years
  • 1994–2002
  • 2019–present
Body and chassis
Class
Body style5-door SUV
Layout

The Passport was a part of a partnership between Isuzu and Honda in the 1990s, which saw an exchange of passenger vehicles from Honda to Isuzu, such as the Isuzu Oasis, and trucks from Isuzu to Honda, such as the Passport and Acura SLX. This arrangement was convenient for both companies, as Isuzu discontinued passenger car production in 1993 after a corporate restructuring, and Honda was in desperate need of an SUV, a segment that was growing in popularity in North America as well as Japan during the 1990s. The partnership ended in 2002 with the discontinuation of the Passport in favor of the Honda-engineered Pilot.

In November 2018, Honda announced that the Passport nameplate would return as a two-row mid-size crossover SUV slotted between the CR-V and Pilot. The third-generation Passport was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 27, 2018. It is built at Honda's factory in Lincoln, Alabama, and available for the 2019 model year.[5]

First generation (C58; 1993)

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First generation
 
Overview
Model codeC58
Production1993–1997
AssemblyUnited States: Lafayette, Indiana (Subaru Isuzu Automotive)
Body and chassis
Layout
RelatedIsuzu Rodeo
Powertrain
Engine
Power output
  • 89.5 kW (120 hp; 122 PS) (2.6 L)
  • 130.5–142 kW (175–190 hp; 177–193 PS) (3.2 L)
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase108.5 in (2,756 mm)
Length176.5 in (4,483 mm)
Width
  • 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • 68.5 in (1,740 mm) (EX)
Height
  • 65.5 in (1,664 mm)
  • 66.3 in (1,684 mm) (EX)

The first generation Passport was offered in three trims, the base model DX, mid-range LX, and upscale EX.[6] DX models had a 5-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) layout and a 2.6 L four-cylinder engine producing 89.5 kW (120 hp; 122 PS).[6][7] LX models could be had with an optional 4-speed automatic transmission, optional four-wheel-drive (4WD) and a 3.2 L V6 engine producing 130.5 kW (175 hp; 177 PS) as standard.[6][7] The upscale EX offered the 3.2 L V6 engine and four-wheel-drive as standard.[6] Some first generation Passports were equipped with a rear axle built by General Motors. Others had a Dana built "Spicer 44" rear axle.

Model year changes

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  • For 1995 MY, the Passport received driver and front passenger airbags. EX trims gained extra equipment and features.[7]
  • For 1996 MY, the 3.2 L V6 was upgraded from 130.5 kW (175 hp; 177 PS) to 142 kW (190 hp; 193 PS). A shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system became available.[7][8]
  • For 1997 MY, the DX trim was dropped. The 2.6 L engine option was also dropped. All models now had the V6 engine.[7][8]

Second generation (CK58/CM58/DM58; 1997)

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Second generation
 
Honda Passport V6 (pre-facelift)
Overview
Model codeCK58/CM58/DM58
Production1997 – March 2002
AssemblyUnited States: Lafayette, Indiana (Subaru Isuzu Automotive)
Body and chassis
Layout
Related
Powertrain
Engine3.2 L 6VD1 V6
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase106.4 in (2,703 mm)
Length
  • 177.4 in (4,506 mm) (1998–1999)
  • 178.2 in (4,526 mm) (2000–2002)
  • 184.1 in (4,676 mm) (1998–1999 EX)
  • 184.2 in (4,679 mm) (2000–2002 EX)
Width
  • 70.4 in (1,788 mm)
  • 71.1 in (1,806 mm) (2000-2002 EX)
Height
  • 68.5 in (1,740 mm) (1998-1999 EX)
  • 68.8 in (1,748 mm) (2000-2002)

For the second generation model, two trim levels were offered: LX and upscale EX. EX had the spare tire below the cargo area and LX mounted in a swing carrier at rear. Minor changes for the 2000 model year included the introduction of an even more upscale EX-L trim which added leather seats, 2-tone exterior colors, and a CD changer. The LX trim received an optional set of 16 in (406 mm) wheels.

In 2010, a recall was issued for affected 1998-2002 Rodeo and Passport for frames with severe rust issues.[9] On September 22, 2010, NHTSA campaign number 10V436000 was issued to recall 149,992 vehicles because of excessive corrosion near the forward bracket for the left or right rear suspension lower link.[10] If the rust damage was severe, Honda bought back the vehicles from their owners.[11] Under U.S. federal regulations, automakers are not required to correct problems on vehicles that are ten or more years old.[12]

Third generation (YF7/8; 2019)

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Third generation
 
2019 Honda Passport EX-L AWD (pre-facelift)
Overview
Model codeYF7/8
ProductionDecember 2018[1][2] – present
Model years2019–present
AssemblyUnited States: Lincoln, Alabama (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama)
Body and chassis
Layout
PlatformGlobal Light Truck Platform 2 (GLTP2)[13]
Related
Powertrain
Engine3.5 L J35Y6 V6
Transmission9-speed ZF 9HP automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase111.0 in (2,819 mm)
Length190.5 in (4,839 mm)
Width78.6 in (1,996 mm)
Height71.6 in (1,819 mm)

The third generation Passport was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 27, 2018, with retail sales starting in February 2019. Unlike previous generations, it was designed in the United States and is manufactured in Lincoln, Alabama alongside the Honda Pilot. It is based on the third-generation Honda Pilot, although the Passport is shorter in length and loses the Pilot's third-row seating. The Passport slots between the smaller CR-V and longer Pilot, filling the gap left when the Honda Crosstour was discontinued after the 2015 model year.[1] The Passport competes against 2-row five-seater midsize crossovers like the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and Hyundai Santa Fe.[5][3][14]

Trim levels at launch included the base "Sport", mid-level "EX-L", "Touring", and the top-of-the-line "Elite”.[15] Unlike most other Honda nameplates like the CR-V and Pilot, the Passport does not have an LX trim. Consequently, the price of the Passport in Sport trim started above that of the contemporary Pilot in LX trim. All trim levels included front-wheel drive (FWD) as standard equipment, with all-wheel drive (AWD) optional, except for the "Elite", where it is standard equipment.

All Passport models are equipped with a 3.5L J35Y6 V6 producing 280 hp (209 kW; 284 PS) and 262 lb⋅ft (355 N⋅m); paired with a nine-speed, push button-controlled automatic transmission also found in the Ridgeline and Pilot. Front-wheel drive is standard; Honda's all-wheel drive system, dubbed i-VTM4 (Intelligent Variable Torque Management), is optional, and features drive settings for Normal, Sand, Snow, and Mud. A two-speed transfer case is not available. Ground clearance is 7.5 in (191 mm) for front-wheel drive models and 8.1 in (206 mm) for all-wheel drive models and the Passport can tow up to 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg).

Two rows of seats provide room for five passengers. There is 41 cubic feet (1,200 L) of storage behind the rear seat, which increases to 78 cubic feet (2,200 L) with the rear seat folded.[16]

For the 2021 model year, all trims received the 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment.[17]

Marketing

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On April 1, 2019, Honda released a YouTube advertisement for the all-new 2019 Passport. The advertisement featured a 2019 Passport, called the "Past-Port", with a first-generation Passport's interior, touting features that were popular in the mid-to-late-1990s, including automatic power windows, an audio system with cassette player and cassette adapter and pager holder. The advertisement features an actor wearing 1990s-era clothing, and holding a Motorola cellular phone. Viewers of the advertisement could also call a special toll free number, 1-833-PAST-PORT (1-833-727-8767), where they would be greeted by a voice message from Fred Savage, and could then leave a voicemail on Honda's microcassette answering machine explaining why they would like to own a 2019 Past-Port. The advertisement is no longer viewable on Honda's YouTube channel as of May 2019, and the toll free number is no longer in service.[18][19]

Facelift

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The Passport was facelifted for the 2022 model year with a new front end design similar to the facelifted second-generation Honda Ridgeline as well as the addition of a new TrailSport trim level that offers a more aggressive off-road-oriented appearance package.[20] The TrailSport model receives model specific bumpers, cosmetic skid plate inserts, all-weather TrailSport-logoed floormats, as well as all-season tires with a more aggressive shoulder tread.[21]

The Sport and Touring trims were also dropped, leaving a simplified lineup of three trims: EX-L, TrailSport and Elite.

For the 2023 model year, the front-wheel drive EX-L option was discontinued from the lineup, making all-wheel drive standard on all Passports onward.[citation needed]

For the 2024 model year, changes include a larger center console and new armrest. The top Elite trim has been replaced with a new "Black Edition" trim.[citation needed]

Passport TrailSport (2022)

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The TrailSport trim was introduced for the 2022 model year, and is the first TrailSport model in the Honda lineup. The Passport TrailSport comes standard with an all-wheel drive (AWD) system that is tuned for off-road use. Also included are more aggressively-styled tires, rugged exterior styling, a synthetic leather (leatherette)-trimmed interior that is easier to clean, unique orange stitching on the interior, and all-weather front and rear floor mats. The TrailSport is based on the equipment of the EX-L trim.[22]

For the 2024 model year, the TrailSport receives trim-specific suspension tuning, all-terrain tires.[citation needed]

Safety

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The 2019 Passport received a "Top Safety Pick" award by the IIHS.[23]

IIHS scores
Small overlap front (driver) Good
Small overlap front (passenger) Acceptable
Moderate overlap front Good
Side (original test) Good
Side (updated test) Marginal
Roof strength Good
Head restraints and seats Good
Headlights (varies by trim/option) Acceptable Poor
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle Advanced
Child seat anchors (LATCH) ease of use Acceptable

Sales

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Calendar year US[24] Canada[25][26]
1993 106
1994 25,758
1995 27,981
1996 28,184
1997 22,622
1998 26,094
1999 22,974
2000 21,892
2001 17,448
2002 3,525
2003 70
2019 36,085 2,678
2020 39,567 2,734
2021 53,133 2,869
2022 41,306 2,923
2023 40,789

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