The all-new 2019 Honda Passport is the fourth entry in the brand’s crossover suv lineup, slotted between the best-selling compact CR-V and the almost-full-size three-row Pilot. Honda tossed the Pilot’s third-row seat, chopped 6 inches off the tail, and created a new model with a huskier bent. The five-passenger Passport looks a bit like a Pilot that’s taken a whirl through an outdoorsy upfitter with its raised stance, blacked-out trim, and tall 20-inch standard wheels. Honda’s been seeing a small but steady flow of buyers seeking a more rugged-looking SUV defecting to other brands of late. In resurrecting the moniker of Honda's first-ever SUV in the mid-1990s, the truck-based Passport, it’s signaling that it offers not merely an elevated seating position and lots of cargo space, but a machine with the back-country, off-pavement attitude and capability that can satisfy the occasional weekend adventurer.
There is no bare-bones Passport LX model as there is for the Pilot. The “base” front-wheel drive Passport Sport comes pretty well equipped for $33,035 (including the $1,045 destination charge), walking up to the $37,455 EX-L, $40,325 Touring, and $44,725 Elite.