The Honda Passport is a midsize SUV that offers a spacious two-row cabin, a peppy V6 engine, and a standard all-wheel-drive system. It's based on the larger three-row Pilot but with a shorter wheelbase and a more adventurous attitude. For 2024, the Passport gets some significant updates that make it even more appealing for buyers who want a versatile and capable vehicle that can handle both on-road and off-road situations.
What's New for the 2024 Honda Passport?
The most noticeable change for the 2024 Honda Passport is the new front fascia, which features a more aggressive and premium look. The LED headlights are moved lower, while the LED daytime running lights are placed higher, creating a sleek and modern appearance. The grille is also redesigned with a gloss black finish and a chrome accent. The rear end gets some tweaks as well, such as new taillights, a thinner reflector bar, and a larger black bumper.
The interior of the 2024 Honda Passport also gets some improvements, such as a new center console that offers more storage space and a larger armrest. The console can now fit a full-size tablet, while the tray in front of the shifter can accommodate two large smartphones. The infotainment system remains the same, with a 10.8-inch touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2024 Honda Passport also introduces two new trim levels: the TrailSport and the Black Edition. The TrailSport is the most off-road-oriented version of the Passport, with features such as:
- General Grabber A/Tx all-terrain tires
- Off-road-tuned suspension
- Unique grille
- Orange tow hooks
- Black roof rails
- TrailSport badges
The Black Edition is the most luxurious and stylish version of the Passport, with features such as:
- Blackout grille
- Black 20-inch wheels
- Black exterior trim
- Black leather seats
- Black headliner
- Black Edition badges
The engine and transmission of the 2024 Honda Passport remain unchanged from the previous model year. It's still powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive system is standard on all trims, and it features four driving modes: Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand. The Passport can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.
How Does It Compare to the Competition?
The 2024 Honda Passport faces some tough competition in the midsize SUV segment, especially from models that offer a third-row seat option, such as the Toyota Highlander, the Kia Telluride, and the Hyundai Palisade. However, the Passport has some advantages over these rivals, such as:
- More cargo space: The Passport offers 41.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 77.9 cubic feet with the second row folded. That's more than what the Highlander (16/48.4), the Telluride (21/87), and the Palisade (18/86) offer.
- More off-road capability: The Passport has a higher ground clearance (8.1 inches) than the Highlander (8), the Telluride (8), and the Palisade (7.9). It also has a more sophisticated all-wheel-drive system that can adjust torque distribution according to different terrain conditions.
- More standard features: The Passport comes standard with features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, wireless charging pad, and more. Some of these features are either optional or unavailable on the base trims of its competitors.
How Much Does It Cost?
Honda has not announced the official pricing for the 2024 Honda Passport yet, but we expect it to start at around $43,000 for the base EX-L trim. The TrailSport trim should cost around $45,000, while the Black Edition should cost around $48,000. These prices are slightly higher than what some of its rivals charge for their base models, but they also include more standard equipment.
The 2024 Honda Passport is expected to arrive at dealerships this fall. It's a solid choice for buyers who want a spacious, powerful, and capable midsize SUV that can handle both urban and rural environments. With its new styling and trim levels, it also offers more personality and customization options than before.