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2019 Honda Passport Review

With crossovers and SUVs selling like hotcakes, Honda brought the five-passenger Passport SUV back to life in 2019. It offers more cargo room than the compact CR-V, but less people room than the three-row Pilot. Honda Sensing comes standard on all trims and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives it five stars. But the 2019 Honda Passport also has the highest base price of the Honda SUV lineup, which starts with the HR-V and ends with the Pilot.

So, is it worth it? To help you decide, here’s a breakdown.

2019 Honda Passport pricing and trims

Pricing on the Passport starts at $31,990 for the base model, running up to $43,680 for the Elite trim with all-wheel drive (AWD). Trims build upon each other — the EX-L for example, has all of the features of the Sport, plus new features for that trim level.

2019 Honda Passport Pricing and Trims
Trim Sport EX-L Touring Elite
MSRP Front-Wheel Drive $31,990 $36,410 $39,280 NA
MSRP All-Wheel Drive $33,890 $38,310 $41,180 $43,680
Standard Features Honda Sensing, V6 Engine, Underfloor Storage, Intelligent Traction Management Leather-Trimmed Seats, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, One-Touch Power Moonroof Navigation, Premium Audio, Heated Front and Rear Seats, Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate Wireless Phone Charger, Ventilated Front Seats, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Heated Steering Wheel

*MSRPs are accurate as of the date of publishing

You do not necessarily have to pay MSRP for a vehicle. Depending on where and when you shop, you may be able to find a 2019 Honda Passport for less than MSRP, due to sales or rebates. Shop around and use industry guides, like NADAguides or Kelley Blue Book, to see the fair market price is in your area.

What about AWD? All-wheel drive is available for $1,900 above base, front-wheel-drive pricing on trims Sport through Touring. It is standard (included) in the price for the Elite trim.

What about engine options? For the sake of simplicity, Honda routinely doesn’t offer a lot of options. You only have one engine option on the 2019 Honda Pilot: a V6 with the 9-speed automatic transmission. Many experts, including those from Consumer Reports, note that this translates to sluggish acceleration.

How many does it seat? Though the Passport is a smidge pricier than the three-row Pilot, it seats fewer people: five to the Pilot’s seven or eight, depending on the trim. What it lacks in passenger space it makes up for in ruggedness — the Passport is taller and has a suspension suited for off-roading.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is next. Shop around for the best auto loan for you — it doesn’t hurt your credit to apply to a few lenders any more than it does to apply to one if you do all your applications within a 14-day window. Potential lenders could include Honda financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out a single online form at LendingTree to receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders, depending on your creditworthiness.

2019 Honda Passport safety

The 2019 Honda Passport earned a five-star crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) noted that the Passport’s weakest safety point is its headlights, as it rated both the halogen and LED headlights on the Passport as poor.

Honda Sensing, which is Honda’s package of advanced safety features, is standard on the Passport. It can include:

  • Forward Collision Warning / Collision Mitigation Braking System. If the car senses it is about to run into something front-first, it can warn the driver visually and audibly, and it can brake itself if it senses a collision is impending.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control. The car can adjust its cruising speed depending on the vehicle in front of it.
  • Lane Departure Warning / Lane Keeping Assist System. The car can warn the driver visually and audibly if it senses that it is drifting out of the lane of traffic. It can adjust its steering to help keep itself in a lane.
  • Auto High-Beam Headlights. The car can adjust its high-beams if it senses on-coming traffic.

2019 Honda Passport competitors

The U.S. midsize SUV market offers consumers a lot of options. Here are some of the Passport’s main competitors. And if you want to see more, you could look at the top-rated midsize SUVs.

2019 Honda Passport vs. Competitors
Honda Passport Toyota Highlander Jeep Grand Cherokee Ford Edge
Base MSRP $31,990 $31,530 $31,956 $29,995
Expert Scores 4.0 4.1 4.0 3.8
Standard Features Honda Sensing, V6 Engine, Intelligent Traction Management Three rows, 6.1″ Touch Screen, Toyota Safety Sense, Hill Start Assist Control, Keyless Entry V6 Engine, 7″ Touch Screen, Blind-Spot Monitor Co-Pilot360 Technology, Ecoboost Engine, Push-Button Start
Fuel Economy Combined/City/Hwy 22/20/25 MPG 22/20/24 MPG 21/19/26 MPG 25/22/29 MPG

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined/city/highway mileage per gallon, as defined by the EPA, for the lowest trim model.

If you’re interested in the Passport’s luxury competitors, you could check out the six best luxury SUV options in 2019.

The bottom line on the 2019 Honda Passport

You might like this car if your family of four often needs to be in one vehicle with groceries, sports equipment or luggage in the back. However, you might not like this car if you want more options — a more fuel-efficient and less-costly engine, for example.

 

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