2019 Honda Passport Debuts Its Bod To The LA Scene SUV


2019 Honda Passport Makes World Debut: Adventure-Ready All-New 5-passenger SUV on Display at 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

  • Passport provides a unique blend of on-and-off road prowess with exceptional occupant and cargo hauling capability
  • 280-horsepower V6 and available sophisticated all-wheel drive system give Passport robust towing and off-road capabilities
  • Honda Sensing Standard® safety and driver-assistive tech on all trims
  • Multiple accessory options to personalize Passport ownership

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27, 2018 – The all-new 2019 Honda Passport 5-passenger V6-powered SUV made its world debut today. Going on sale early next year, Passport provides a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road adventure capability along with best-in-class interior space.

The all-new Honda Passport will slot between the compact CR-V and three-row Pilot in Honda's award-winning SUV lineup. The model’s reinforced unibody frame, powerful direct-injected i-VTEC® V6 engine, fully independent suspension and Nimble steering make it an ideal choice for driving long distances or around town. In addition, the robust off-road capability offered by the Honda i-VTM4 ™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and its four-mode Intelligent Traction Management system means that Passport can be normally reserved for less refined bodies. on-frame or off-road focused SUVs.

"The all-new 2019 Honda Passport provides the on-road comfort and non-handling handling buyers will appreciate their daily commute with the robust off-road and all-weather capability that makes for a great adventure vehicle weekend," said Henio Arcangeli, Jr. ., Senior Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and general manager, Honda Division. "We saw an opportunity to deliver something that is unique and capable of making and the new Passport is a great position to capture buyers looking for a more personal, powerful and capable Honda SUV."

Designed and developed exclusively by Honda 's North America R & D teams in Torrance, California, and Raymond, Ohio, the Passport and its V6 engine will be manufactured at the company' s Lincoln, Alabama plant

Include product highlights key:

  • Standard 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter, direct-injected V6 engine with i-VTEC® valvetrain mated to latest-generation 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4 ™) torque-vectoring all-wheel drive enhances on-and off-road performance
  • Intelligent Traction Management system with available Snow, Sand and Mud help modes optimize performance for varying surface conditions
  • Honda Sensing Standard® safety and driver-assistive technology
  • Standard 20-inch alloy wheels and tires on all trims
  • Reversible cargo floor and best-in-class underfloor cargo storage
  • Wide range of Honda accessories for active lifestyles, including Adventure and Urban accessories packages

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport's rugged exterior design and performance is highlighted by the standard 20-inch wheels, a matte-black grille, floating roof design, aggressive wheel arches, increased ride height and a tailgate design that emphasizes width.

Inside, Passport offers the best-in-class passenger space (115.9 cu.-ft.) and total interior volume (157.1 cu.-ft.) for carrying a family, friends and adventure gear weekend. Passport features are easy-to-clean reversible cargo floor and a large (best-in-class 2.5 cu.-ft.) segmented underfloor cargo compartment for carrying dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight.

Passport will be offered in four trims: the well appointed Sport, upgraded
EX-L, high-tech Touring, and the fully equipped Elite. All models except the line-topping Elite can be configured with 2- or all-wheel drive – all Elite trims come standard with all-wheel drive. All trim will feature 20-inch alloy wheels and tires, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology, LED headlights, fog lights, taillights and DRLs, Smart Start and Smart Entry and three-zone automatic climate control. EX-L and higher trims utilize Honda's latest Display Audio interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, a physical volume knob and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto ™ integration.

Additional exterior upgrades, depending on trim, include a power tailgate with available handsfree operation, a one-touch tilt / moonroof slide and heated auto-dimming and power folding side mirrors. Furthermore, the blind spot information system, rear cross traffic monitors, and front and rear parking sensors are available driver assistive technologies. Available premium features include second-row sunshades, wireless phone charging, embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi[ii], premium audio, and Hondaink® cloud-based services, including unlocking remote, concierge services, stolen vehicle tracking and more.


All 2019 Honda Passport trims are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 peak horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net), placing Passport in its top class for standard horsepower in a segment where some competitors offer less powerful 4-cylinder engines as standard equipment. The Honda i-VTEC® V6 is the latest-generation of Honda's 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT) that is among the most advanced in the class, offering smooth and responsive power delivery.

At the heart of the robust all-weather and off-road driving capabilities is Honda's i-VTM4 ™ all-wheel drive system. Unlike most competing systems, the i-VTM4 ™ uses an active torque vectoring to send up to 70 percent of the engine torque to the rear axle and 100 percent of the torque to either the left or right rear wheels. This capability gives Passport excellent handling in all conditions, such as rain and snow trails, while also contributing to more responsive performance by overdriving the outside rear wheel in turns. In addition, the Intelligent Traction Management (ITM) is standard on both the front-wheel drive and the all-wheel drive Passport. In all-wheel drive applications, the four-mode ITM systems work in conjunction with i-VTM4 ™, allow power drivers to customize performance for different weather and terrain, including sand, snow and mud. In front-wheel drive models, the system has two modes for normal and snow conditions.

Tested in the world of harshest environments, including the sands of Dubai, the country roads of Russia, and snowbound trails in Minnesota, the combination of i-VTM4 ™ and Intelligent Traction Management makes Passport more capable than many unibody SUVs, giving drivers the confidence to tackle not just wet conditions, but a variety of harsh off-road science.

The passport is well equipped for towing, with 3,500-pound capacity on front-wheel drive models and 5,000 pounds on all-wheel drive models when equipped with the optional towing package. Passport is the gateway to the adventure being able to tow camping trailers, boats, or "toy" haulers, over more rugged terrain. The standard multi-view rear-view camera makes connecting the trailer easier to its "overhead" option giving the driver a bird's eye view of the hitch and trailer.

Exterior Design and Platform

Honda's most rugged light truck yet, Passport's expressive design leaves no doubt about its adventure-seeking mission and is highlighted by its higher ride height, standard 20-inch wheels, 245 / 50R all-weather tires and sporty styling cues, including a matte black grille and bumper, blackout headlights and black wheels. LED headlight accents, gloss black trim, a "floating" C-pillar, and chrome exhaust finishers hint at Passport's around-town sophistication. Trim-exclusive wheel designs are available across the lineup, and Touring and Elite are upsized 265 / 45R20 tires as standard equipment.

Beyond good looks, Passport's design offers superior functionality as well. Ground clearance is up to 0.8 inches on front-wheel drive models and 1.1 inches on all-wheel drive models compared to Passport's three-row sibling, pilot, while its shorter overall length and shortened rear overhang offer improved approach, departure and breakover angles, suitable for more rugged terrain.

Passport's wider wheels and tires complement its athletic and sporty stance and supports both responsive town handling and increased grip off-road. A rugged styled front end stands out on the road with its scratch-resistant matte finish grill suitable for the off-road adventures. Passport is designed for.

Passport is based on Honda's Global Light Truck platform and its three-row underlying structure with the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup, including its highly rigid unibody construction. This platform has a fully boxed floor that is sophisticated yet with a four-wheel independent suspension, with MacPherson struts in front and a multilink independent rear. The latest generation of Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE ™) body structure, provides outstanding frontal collision protection and collision compatibility with larger and smaller vehicles.

Design and Packaging Interior

Passport's modern and sophisticated interior design offers an example of space for five people and provides class-leading passenger volume of 115.9 cu.-ft and best-in-class total interior volume of 157.1 cu.-ft. From Sport to Elite trims, Passport features high-quality interior appointments including attractive and durable cloth on Sport or perforated leather on EX-L, Touring and Elite trims, a blackout headliner, and generous use of soft-touch surfaces on the dash and doors .

Passport's interior also offers class-leading utility. The second place is to have a great place to shop, with 41.2 cu. ft. of space, expandable to 77.9 cu. ft. with the second row folded, which is more than enough to accommodate mountain bikes or a week's worth of camping gear. From the cargo area, the second-row seatbacks with the push button, and Passport's main cargo floor are reversed between carpeted and easy-to-clean hard plastic surfaces. Class-leading underfloor storage, with 2.5 cu passport features. ft. of easily accessible compartmented storage, which can be accessed with removable washable bins, including a custom bin for storing the available accessory trailer hitch receiver.

There's also plenty of space for small stuff. Passports offer generous storage space for front seat passengers, including a huge center console bin between the fronts and a free cover when it is closed. Additional storage is found in the door and ahead of the push-button gear selector.


Packed with available modern amenities such as audio and connectivity systems with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto ™ integration and a digital driver 's meter, Passport delivers all the modern technology that today' s SUV buyers demand.

Passport Sport trim comes standard with a 215-watt audio system with a 5-inch display monitor and 6 speakers, plus a subwoofer. Passport EX-L, Touring and Elite trim features an 8-inch Honda Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto ™ smartphone integration and manual power / volume knob. The Display Audio system uses common gestures to smartphones and tablets, such as swipe, tap and pinch, to control the vehicle's audio system, display settings and other advanced features. Intuitive and easy to use, with a simplified menu structure, it also offers customizable shortcuts for used locations and customizable app locations. Passport Touring and Elite trims come with a 590-watt 10-speaker premium audio system.

The Passport's instrument cluster uses a 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen with a wide range of information content. Such as vehicle speed and RPM, the full-color digital meter includes a Multi-Information Display (MID) with customizable features, such as audio system information, a detailed trip computer, phone information, and turn-on. by-turn route guidance on Passport models equipped with navigation. Drivers navigate the new TFT steering wheel designed for intuitive operation controls, such as Bluetooth® phone buttons that are more easily distinguished by touch.

Touring and Elite Trims of Passport provides 4G TCU Wi-Fi LTE in-vehicle that can support up to seven devices and a free 90-day / 3GB AT & T trial period data plan. The TCU is the key to Passport's support of numerous Hondainks® cloud-based services. Using an app, owners can keep track of maintenance and event appointments, remember their Passport's location, remotely start their Passport, and numerous other functions.

Safety and Driver Assistance Technology

The Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and assistive technologies is standard on all 2019 Passport thanks. Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases helps drivers maintain the lane position and under certain conditions slowing or stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Honda Sensing® including Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS ™) featuring Forward Collison Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The new Passport was designed to provide a high level of active and passive safety performance and an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score safety rating and IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating. All tested 2019 year models Honda vehicles achieve an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score safety rating.

All Passport comes with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with overhead "bird's eye" view, ideal for trailer hookups. Additional available assistive technologies include dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, blind spot information system (EX-L, Touring and Elite) with Rear Cross-Traffic Detection, and front and rear parking sensors (Touring and Elite).


A wide variety of Honda Genuine Accessories are designed for Passport, including roof sizes of various sizes, a roof basket, and a roof-mounted bike, kayak and ski or snowboard racks. Inside, the Passport owners can weatherproof their cargo area with hard plastic covers for the floor, sides, and seatbacks. The underfloor storage can be divided with separate, removable and washable bins.

For those seeking a more sophisticated urban look, a variety of cosmetic exterior items are available, such as colored graphics packages, undercarriage welcome lights, and lighted door sills. From the outset, Passport will be available with two accessory packages. The Adventure Package adds running boards, a hitch trailer, a roof bin and more for outdoor weekend getaways. The Urban Package adds front and rear underbody spoilers, unique 20-inch wheels, cargo storage bins and roof rails and crossbars for a sophisticated in-town look.

2019 Honda Passport: Major Specifications


Engine Type




Horsepower (SAE Net)

280 @ 6 000 rpm

Torque (SAE Net)

262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

Fuel Injection



9-speed automatic (9AT)

All-Wheel Drive System
(AWD Models)

Intelligent Variable Torque Management ™ (i-VM4 ™) with Intelligent Traction Management with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud modes


Front Suspension

MacPherson strut

Rear Suspension



Electric power-assisted (EPS) rack-and-pinion


20-inch alloy

All-Season Tires

245 / 50R 102H (Sport, EX-L);
265 / 50R 102H (Touring, Elite)

Towing Capacity, 2WD (AWD)

3,500 lbs (5,000 lbs) with tow package



111.0 in.


190.5 in.


71.6 in.


78.6 in.

Front / Rear, 2WD (AWD) Track

67.0 / 67.0 in. (66.7 / 66.7 in.)

Ground Clearance, 2WD (AWD)

7.8 in. (8.4 in.)

Approach / Departure Angles, Degrees, 2WD (AWD)

20.6 / 26.8 (21.4 / 27.6)


Cargo Volume (Behind 2nd Row)

41.2 cu.-ft.

Cargo Volume (Behind 1st Row)

100.7 cu.-ft.

Passenger Volume

115.9 (114.9 w / sunroof)

2019 Honda Passport: Major Features


20-Inch alloy wheels

245 / 50R20 Tire

Honda Sensing®

9-Speed ​​Automatic Transmission

Auto Stop-Start

Headlight – LED Projector

LED Fog Lights


LED Taillights

Smart Start

Smart Entry

Remote Engine Start

8-Way Power Driver's Seat

Driver’s Power Lumbar Support

Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control

6-Speaker 215-watt Audio System

2 USB ports

Cloth Seats

3-Way Backup Camera

Dual Exposed Exhaust finishers

Black Bumper Skid Garnish

Gloss Black Grille Surround

Body-Colored Outside Mirrors

EX-L (2WD / AWD) adds or Sport replaces

Leather-Trimmed Seats

One-Touch Power Tilt and Moonroof Slide

Power Tailgate with Remote

Blind Spot Information

Cross-Traffic Alert

Heated Front Seats

4-Way Power Passenger Seat

Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror

Driver’s Seat and Door Mirror Memory

Display Audio

CarPlay® and Android Auto ™ integration

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

2nd Row Sun Shade

XM Satellite Radio


Auto Up / Down Power Windows

Heated outside Mirrors

3 USB ports

HD Radio

Illuminated Sunvisors

3-Way Backup Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

Flat-black Bumper Skid Garnish, Grille, Door Sash Garnish, Tailgate Garnish

Body-Color Tailgate Spoiler

Body-Color Outside Mirrors

Touring (2WD / AWD) adds or replaces EXL


4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

Front and Rear Parking Sensors

LED Inline Hi / Lo-Beam

Heated Rear Seats

Roof Rails

Ambient Lighting

Power Tailgate with Remote and Handsfree Access

Premium Audio with 10 Speakers

Outside Mirrors with Integrated Turn Signals

AC Inverter (115V – 150W)

High Gloss Instrument Panel Trim

Acoustic Glass

265 / 45R20 Tires

Elite (AWD) adds or replaces Touring

Ventilated Front Seats

Auto-Dimming Side Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Rain Sensing Front Wipers

Wireless Phone Charger

Power-Folding Outside Mirrors

Gloss Black Grille and Bar, Bumper Skid Garnish, Door Sash Garnish, Tailgate Garnish, Tailgate Spoiler

Body Color Outside Mirrors


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