After the recent comeback, the Passport instantly received highly positive critics, so we don’t expect to see any particular changes. The familiar nameplate was originally used between 1993 and 2002, for a model heavily based on Isuzu Rodeo. It was the first-ever off-roader under Honda badge. That model provided Honda with the necessary experience to build its own SUVs, such as CR-V, Pilot etc. Many years later, it became clear that there is enough room in the lineup to bring this nameplate back. It came last year and competes in the segment of two-row mid-size SUVs. The 2020 Honda Passport will represent the second production year, so we don’t expect to see more important changes.
The upcoming model will continue in the same way, with the same design and features, including powertrain. Therefore, don’t expect any earlier arrival than usual. The new model will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2020 Honda Passport Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2020 Honda Passport will continue in the same way. As you probably know, this SUV has a lot in common with the Pilot. Moreover, the two models are the same in many aspects, including both mechanics and aesthetics. It rides on the same platform and even features the same wheelbase, which goes around 111 inches. On the other side, it is notably shorter.
While the Pilot is an on-road oriented SUV with three rows of seats, the Passport is more about off-road performance. It features just two rows of seats, which allowed designers to create much shorter overhangs, which is very important when it comes to the off-road potential. Also, there is a new suspension setup, so this one features notably higher ground clearance. Finally, it comes with bigger wheels, as 20 inches in diameter are a standard feature.
Styling and Interior
When it comes to the styling, you will easily notice that the front end is almost identical. However, the company wanted to accentuate its more capable nature, so blacked trim is a standard feature. As we already mentioned, the overall length is shorter, so this model doesn’t feature that wagon-like body, but rather a typical SUV layout. Also, the rear end is a little bit different, with distinctive taillights and tailgate designs, and several more details.
On the inside, the 2020 Honda Passport is about to continue in the same way. Although a mid-size SUV, it comes with two rows of seats, which puts it in the class with models like Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano etc. Still, the dashboard layout is pretty much the same as in the Pilot, although the Passport seems a little bit more generous in terms of standard equipment.
In this aspect, we don’t expect bigger changes compared to the current model. The 2020 Honda Passport may get a couple of additions, but the core will largely remain the same. Therefore, count that base models will feature things like 5-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a seven-speaker sound system. Of course, you can count on various tech upgrades. Some of the highlights are things like 8-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless phone charging, two more USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 10-speaker sound system, a moonroof etc. Also, smartphone integration goodies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available.
When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with Honda Sensing suite. This package includes things like lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a road departure mitigation system. Automatic high beams and a rearview camera are also standard features. Things like parking sensors, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are also available.
2020 Honda Passport Engine
Things under the hood are also about to remain the same. The 2020 Honda Passport will carry on with a well-known 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is good for about 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which is very smooth. This combination ensures not just strong performances, but also very nice ride quality. Also, fuel economy is quite decent.
You can count on average numbers for the class, on about 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Also, the Passport is able to tow about 5.000 pounds, when properly equipped, which are also average numbers for the class.
2020 Honda Passport Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, the 2020 Honda Passport is about to hit the market sometime late in the year. Also, the price should remain pretty much the same. Base models should go around 32.000 dollars. On the other side, fully-loaded versions could go pretty close to 45.000 dollars.