By Veeno Dewan
MARKHAM, ON. – The all-new 2019 Honda Passport begins arriving at Honda dealerships across Canada on March 15, 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) of $41,990. The Honda Passport was originally, a badge engineered version of the Isuzu Rodeo, a mid-size SUV sold between 1993 and 2002. Now Honda has reissued its former badge with the debut of the 2019 Honda Passport as an all-new five-passenger SUV. The reissued Passport will slot between the smaller CR-V and the big sized Pilot in Honda’s latest lineup.
Like the Pilot and Ridgeline pickup, the new two-row crossover rides on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform. The unibody SUV has a four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts up front and a multilink independent rear.
Designed for adventure-seekers who want the exceptional on- and off-road capability of Honda’s 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.
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.