The Honda Passport is an SUV that originally debuted for the 1994 model. Following the 2002 model year, the Passport was discontinued and replaced by the Honda Pilot. During its production run, the vehicle went through two generations of body design, with the final version being introduced for the 1998 model year. Classified as a midsize SUV, the Passport competed directly with such vehicles as the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander.
Honda Passport Styling
The Honda Passport was actually built by Isuzu and served as a re-branded clone of the Isuzu Rodeo. Though structurally and visually similar, the Passport differed from the Rodeo in cosmetic details and available features. Both vehicles featured rugged styling and accommodated up to five passengers.
The 2nd-generation Honda Passport was larger than the original model. Year-to-year changes from 1998 onward included new exterior color options, minor appearance updates in 2000 and added luxury features.
Honda Passport Trim Levels
The Passport was originally available in two trim levels – LX and EX. A top-tier EX-L model was added for the 2000 model year. In the final year of production, the base LX model came with standard features such as air conditioning, cruise control, split folding rear seat, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, stereo system with cassette player, power tailgate release, cargo cover, rear wiper and washer, roof rack and 16-alloy wheels.
The more luxurious Honda Passport EX added a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry, power sunroof, heated mirrors, fog lights, theft-deterrent system and rear tinted glass. The EX-L trim rounded out the lineup with the additions of leather seating, 4-way power driver's seat and 6-disc in-dash CD player.
Honda Passport Performance
A 3.2-liter DOHC V6 engine was the lone engine option for the 2nd-generation Honda Passport. It delivered 205 horsepower and 214 lb-ft. of torque. The engine could be paired with either a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic. EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rated the manual powertrain at 18 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. The automatic faired slightly worse in the city, earning 16 mpg.
Available performance features included skid plates and a full-sized spare tire. A 4WD package could be added to any one of the trim levels, which included all-wheel drive, 2-speed transfer case, 4-wheel disc brakes and limited-slip differential.
Honda Passport Safety
All Honda Passport models came standard with dual front airbags and antilock brakes. In crash tests performed by the NHTSA, the Passport SUV earned a perfect 5-star rating in the categories of driver side impact and rear passenger side impact. A 4-star rating was awarded in the category of passenger front impact. For driver front impact and rollover resistance, the vehicle received a 3-star rating.
Honda Passport Specs
The final production version for the Honda Passport included the following specifications: