Honda Passport crossover SUV bows at 2018 LA auto show

Honda Passport returns as a ruggedly styled, 5-passenger SUV

2019 Honda Passport Is Here To Fill The Gap Between The CR-V And Pilot

The exterior of the Passport looks to be a rugged combination of Honda's sedan and SUV styling and is highlighted by standard 20-inch wheels, a matte-black grille and bumper, blackout headlights and black wheels. Better yet, for 2019, the 9-speed automatic transmission that's paired to it no longer irritates a driver with helter-skelter shifting.

In search of a middle ground, Honda engineers opted to make the 2019 Passport bigger and more aggressive than the CR-V.

Five people easily fit inside of the Passport, sitting on cloth upholstery with Sport trim and perforated leather in EX-L, Touring, and Elite trims.

Most importantly, Honda promises the Passport will be bringing best-in-class interior space (115.9 cu. -ft) and best-in-class underfloor cargo storage (2.5 cu. -ft.).

Not that there's anything wrong with the Honda Pilot or the platform on which it is based.

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The Passport's interior boasts a 100 cubic-foot maximum cargo capacity with the rear seat folded flat. Lower trims get a 215-watt audio system with a 5.0-inch display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will also be included while features like wireless phone charging, embedded LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot and a blind spot warnings are optional. Base levels get the Honda Sensing safety suite, which includes items such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning. Blind-spot monitors come standard on EX-L and higher trims.

Available as an option on all but the Passport Elite, on which it is standard, a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system can send up to 70% of the engine's power to a single rear wheel. Putting money where the mouth is, Honda has added several off-roading features such as Intelligent Traction Management system with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud driving modes on AWD variants. Honda also plans to offer lots of dealer-installed accessories for the Passport, both to improve the SUV's utility and to allow owners to personalize the vehicle. Looking at the trunk of the 2019 Honda Passport, one seems to believe more that yes, this Honda Passport is indeed built for families.

The front cabin is almost identical to the Pilot's, but the Passport has an underfloor storage bin in the cargo area and its spare tire is mounted inside, instead of underneath the vehicle.

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