What the critics say
The 2019 Honda Passport
Honda’s new midsize crossover “offers only what a driver needs, and nothing more.” Created to fill the gap between the automaker’s compact CR-V and three-row Pilot, the Passport is “by far” the most aggressive-looking Honda crossover, but it’s not built for rock crawling. With optional all-wheel drive, it can pivot easily from smooth highway cruiser to ready trail mate, though, and it’ll haul more cargo than anything else in its class.
Though the Passport is 6 inches shorter than the Pilot, it shares a 280-hp V-6. That’s “more than enough muscle” to launch the lighter CUV onto the highway, where the Passport delivers “both pleasantly composed dynamics and a refined ride.” The cabin is identical to the Pilot’s, and “that certainly isn’t a bad thing.” Better yet, Honda’s suite of driver-assisting safety tech comes standard.
But the Passport is “more mundane than its marketing messages would suggest.” It’s barely more agile than the Pilot, and it costs substantially more than the CR-V without adding much passenger space. The Passport is also hesitant to accelerate—despite its impressively smooth engine. We aren’t questioning this SUV’s basic competency, but “we see more visual flair than driving personality.” ■