The Honda Passport is back with a vengeance and ready to show the mid-sized five seat segment how it’s done. The Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and the rest of the class should be looking over their shoulders.
Think of the Passport as the Pilot’s little brother, equipped with the latest infotainment tech, a little more adventurous, and a little more athletic. The family resemblance is easy to spot: the prominent chrome eyebrow that joins the headlights, the low waistline that kicks up at the rear, and the expansive glass area. However, Passport’s style leans more towards rugged readiness than urban sophistication. That chrome brow wears a black finish. The grille itself is blacked out, with a bold open design. Matte black accents and trim predominate. Cladding circles the Passport, travelling over the wheels, along the door edges, under the tailgate, and under the front grille. Twenty inch black aluminum alloy wheels complete the look.
These sturdy duds are for more than show. The Passport isn’t a city slicker in Gore-Tex and hiking boots afraid to step off the sidewalk. The Passport can shift comfortably from polished city cruiser to country companion with ease. That’s due in part the running gear that it shares with its big brother. This includes a powerful but efficient 3.5 litre directed injected V6, paired with a slick shifting nine-speed automatic, which tops both the Edge and Murano in horsepower. Power without traction is nothing. Fortunately, the Passport comes standard with the i-VTM4TM torque-vectoring AWD system, and the Intelligent Traction Management (ITM) System that provides Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand modes to maximize grip in almost every driving condition. With approach and departure angles of 21.4 and 27.7 degrees, the Passport can transition from level ground to steep hills with ease. A ride height of 205 mm further enhances the Passport’s ability to tackle rough terrain.
The Passport means business when carrying you, your loved ones, and your gear. It beats the Edge and Murano in passenger volume and it bests the entire class in cargo carrying capacity, with the rear seats up or down: 1,430 L and 2,854 L, respectively. It doesn’t stop there; the Passport’s standard towing capacity, at 1,588 kg, is 908 kg more than either the Edge or Murano, and tops out at 2,268 kg with the optional towing package.
The Passport’s rugged attitude and impressive athleticism is complemented by a wide array of comfort, convenience, and connectivity features. Standard equipment includes a heated leather wrapped steering wheel, a remote starter, and Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM. Available features include leather, front and rear parking sensors, a power tailgate, wireless charging, and much more. Additionally, every Passport comes equipped with Honda SensingTM, a suite of driver assist safety technologies.
If you need more than a compact SUV can offer but want a smaller foot print than a seven seater plus a vehicle that beautifully balances off road prowess and on road comfort, you might just find that sweet spot in the all-new 2019 Honda Passport, the newest addition to the Honda family. Click on the link to find a new Honda Passport for sale in Calgary.
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