In case you haven’t heard, SUVs are all the rage nowadays, something Honda is taking note of. It already offers three models—Pilot, CR-V and HR-V—but that wasn’t enough so it added a fourth SUV to the lineup with the 2019 Honda Passport, your new off-road SUV of choice.
Honda announced the 2019 Passport at the LA Auto Show, which is serving as a showcase for some truly spectacular cars.
The Passport is a direct descendent of the three-row Pilot SUV, just in a smaller frame, offering two rows and five seats. However, it bypasses the boring design of the family SUV and goes for a more rugged and sporty look. From the front fascia styling to the overall look that invites an off-road adventure, it should appeal to a lot of people.
In being part of the Pilot’s lineage, it also shares its DNA with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, enough to tackle any steep mountaintop. The engine couples with a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. Just in case you’re thinking of going off-roading, the Passport has 8.4-inches of ground clearance.
Inside, an 8-inch infotainment display greets you with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support with the Touring and Elite trim levels. A nice tech addition is the Wi-Fi hotspot that can add up to 10 mobile devices. Each trim will come with standard 20-inch alloy wheels, Honda Sensing suite of sensors, Smart Start and Smart Entry.
Honda is going to announce more details about the 2019 Passport when its release date gets closer some time next year.