The 2023 Honda Passport is still a solid option for those who need a little more room and want to make a practical purchase. The two-row midsize SUV is based on the larger three-row Pilot and offers all of the automaker’s latest and greatest safety and driver assistance features. The Passport combines technology with a powerful V-6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. It may not offer thrills, impressive off-road ability, or breathtaking looks, but the Passport delivers adequate power and performance and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The Passport is a capable family hauler. Of course, if you’re drawn to the Passport but need even more space, the Passport’s first cousin, three-row Honda Pilotis a good alternative.

What’s new in 2023?

After a slight facelift on the Passport for the 2022 model year, the 2023 model remains largely unchanged. Honda offers the Passport in the same set of equipment as last year, albeit with slightly increased prices.

Pricing and which one to buy

The Passport EX-L is our pick for best value because it’s reasonably priced and includes desirable features like leather upholstery, a sunroof, and a large touchscreen with smartphone mirroring. All-wheel drive became standard on the base EX-L in 2023, and that’s another reason to go for it.

Engine, transmission and performance

Under the hood is the same 3.5-liter V-6 with a capacity of 280 hp. and the same nine-speed automatic transmission as the Pilot. The Passport has 8.1 inches for the four-wheel-drive models, which will allow you to cover a fair amount of rough terrain without tearing up the bottom, but it’s by no means a serious SUV. It’s not a bad tow truck, though, capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. In our test, the Passport was quick, and it accelerates well on the highway. The ride is comfortable on most roads and the steering is pleasantly direct, making the Passport nimble.

Fuel economy and real mpg

With a choice of one engine and front- or all-wheel drive, the Passport has two different EPA ratings. The front-wheel-drive model is expected to earn up to 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive Passport fares slightly worse, with ratings of 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. We tested the latter on our fuel-efficient 75mph route, which is part of our extensive testing regime, where it exceeded its highway rating by 3 mpg. For more information on Passport fuel economy visit EPA website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

The one who experienced the interior of st Honda Ridgeline get to know the passport salon instantly. Despite the unremarkable design, the materials are attractive enough and the controls are well organized, although we would have liked more knobs and buttons instead of touchscreen controls. The front seats are wide and comfortable, with a comfortable armrest that can be adjusted for optimal comfort. The rear seat is also roomy and allows the Passport to carry up to five people. There is 41 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seat, which accommodated 15 of our carry-ons. By folding this row, you open up 78 cubes of space and a capacity of 33 bags. Interior storage space is generally excellent with useful bins throughout the cabin and a huge bin on the center console.

Infotainment system and communication

Every Passport is equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also includes essentials like Bluetooth and a wireless smartphone charging pad. A seven-speaker audio system is offered on EX-L and TrailSport models, while an upgraded ten-speaker audio system is offered on the range-topping Passport Elite. A 115-volt outlet is also standard on TrailSport and Elite models. Buyers looking for a Wi-Fi hotspot will have to opt for the Elite, as it’s not offered on the lower EX-L and TrailSport models.

Safety features and driver assistance

The Honda Passport offers the automaker’s suite of safety and driver assistance technologies as standard content, including forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and more. For more information on Passport crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute of Road Safety (IIHS) websites. Key security features include:

  • Standard Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control
  • Standard blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

Warranty and maintenance

Honda offers a competitive limited warranty, but transmission coverage isn’t up to par with competitors like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento. Passport also lacks free plan service.

  • The limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • The transmission is warranted for five years or 60,000 miles
  • No free scheduled maintenance

Technical characteristics

Technical characteristics

2022 Honda Passport TrailSport
Vehicle type: front-engine, four-wheel drive, 5-seater, 4-wheel drive

Base/As Tested: $43,695 / $44,090
Options: Sonic Gray Pearl paint, $395

SOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 212 inches33471 cm3
Power: 280 horsepower at 6000 rpm
Torque: 262 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm

9-speed automatic

Suspension Front/Front: Strut/Multilink
Brakes, front/rear: 12.6-inch ventilated disc/13.0-inch disc
Tires: Firestone Destination LE2
245/60R-18 105H M+S

Wheelbase: 110.9 inches
Length: 189.1 inches
Width: 78.6 inches
Height: 72.2 inches
Passenger volume: 115 feet3
Cargo volume: 41 feet3
Curb weight: 4229 lbs

60 mph: 6.0 sec
1/4 mile: 14.6 seconds at 94 mph
100 mph: 16.8 sec
The results above are omitted 1-foot sweep 0.4 sec.
Start from 5–60 mph: 6.2 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.8 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 111 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 184 feet
Road grip, 300-foot pad: 0.77g

Observed: 17 mpg
Highway driving at 75 mph: 23 mpg
Highway distance: 440 miles

Combined/city/highway: 21/19/24 mpg

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