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2023 Honda Passport

The Passport fills a niche in Honda’s utility vehicle lineup, satisfying drivers who prefer a two-row vehicle with some rugged qualities. With traction control and standard all-wheel drive, it can go off the pavement enough for the typical outdoor types who don’t need to blaze over the rocks but want to reach that special campsite, fly-fishing spot, or cabin at the end of an unpaved road. Like the three-row Pilot and the Ridgeline pickup, the Passport is built with unibody construction to make the ride smooth and enjoyable, but there are distinct trim levels with individual concentration on either the basics, the trails, or plush amenities. No matter which version you choose, it’ll have plenty of pep with a 280 hp six-cylinder powerplant and a towing capacity as high as 5,000 pounds.

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Horsepower

280hp

V6 Engine

Torque

262 lb-ft

@ 4700 rpm

Fuel economy

24/19 MPG

EPA estimate

Trims and Powertrain Specs

The ’23 Passport’s three trims are called EX-L, TrailSport, and Elite. The aforementioned six-cylinder engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission to form the powertrain. According to the EPA’s official fuel economy ratings, all trims achieve an identical 19 miles per gallon in city driving and 24 mpg on the open road.

Standard Features

The well-equipped EX-L puts other base trims to shame with a generous roster or standard features that includes a moonroof, three zones of automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED headlights, a power liftgate, push-button ignition, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and deluxe exterior mirrors that are heated and have built-in turn indicators and position memory settings. The leather seats are power-adjustable in the first row, and they split 60/40 and fold down with the touch of a button in the second row.

The TrailSport focuses on alternative paths with all-terrain tires and all-season floor liners. It also gets roof rails, fog lights (LED), power-folding exterior mirrors, heated windshield wipers, a 115-volt power outlet, and a unique interior with amber-toned ambient interior lighting and orange contrast stitching. The Elite goes back to the standard interior and tires, while its ambient interior lighting switches to a white tone. It also spoils its occupants with ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, heated rear outboard seats, separate second-row climate controls, a hands-free liftgate, front seatback pockets with device storage, and rain-sensing wipers.

Honda Sensing Technology Suite

Every 2023 Passport has Honda Sensing installed, adding an array of state-of-the-art safety technologies. That list includes forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Passport presents wireless smartphone charging, three USB charge ports (one in the front row and two in the back row), three 12-volt outlets, and Honda’s CabinControl, which allows for some vehicle systems to be controlled remotely. For infotainment, the EX-L has an 8-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth SiriusXM satellite radio, and a seven-speaker sound system. Voice control and navigation are added to the two higher trims, while the Elite alone is furnished with an upgraded sound system (10 speakers) and Wi-Fi hotspot access.

MPG disclaimer: Based on 2023 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.