There isn’t a good reason to choose the all-new Honda Passport over the two better SUVs that Honda already makes—the smaller CR-V and the larger, three-row Pilot. We enjoyed the Passport’s plentiful power and roomy, two-row interior, but we were put off by its stiff ride, ponderous handling, and overall bland demeanor. One of the Passport’s highlights is its potent-yet-refined V6 that churns out 280 horsepower.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

There isn’t a good reason to choose the all-new Honda Passport over the two better SUVs that Honda already makes—the smaller CR-V and the larger, three-row Pilot. We enjoyed the Passport’s plentiful power and roomy, two-row interior, but we were put off by its stiff ride, ponderous handling, and overall bland demeanor.

One of the Passport’s highlights is its potent-yet-refined V6 that churns out 280 horsepower. It makes the Passport a quick ticket, sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. Although the nine-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, it can hesitate before downshifting at low speeds—particularly annoying when trying to jump into a gap in traffic. Its 21 mpg overall in our testing is typical for the class.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 9-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (280 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Honda Passport owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Android Auto

"Voice commands and android are not compatible. Huge Honda Mistake."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Passport Elite 3.5-L V6)
Apple CarPlay

"Same answer as previously reported the head unit is an android unit and Apple car play has been known to act wonky from time to time"

Anonymous, NY (2019 Honda Passport Elite 3.5-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"It stopped working and only a green screen would appear."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Honda Passport Elite 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Sometimes you'd hear a loud BEEP! then radio is inoperable so to fix it you'd have to get a usb keyboard plug it in and start the car up pressing cntl alt del together and the head unit would work again with no issues"

Anonymous, NY (2019 Honda Passport Elite 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The problem was a wiring harness in the dash. The Honda dealership repaired it under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Honda Passport Touring 3.5-L V6)
Hardware replacement

"The head unit with the radio head and mike unit required full replacement due to the display freezing and going blank. This was completed by Honda under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2019 Honda Passport EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The speakers pop repeatedly, which sounds like a short in the wire. Occasionally the entire audio system will stop working completely and say "No audio connection." When this happens, the vehicle must be powered off completely including opening the driver's door before any sound will come out of the audio system. We have found no way to restart the infotainment system while driving. It appears to be caused by a broken connector on the wiring harness. We've had the tuner replaced twice and the wiring harness replaced once (it was in the shop 3 days for the wiring harness replacement alone), and we have another appointment this week to troubleshoot it again."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Honda Passport EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Popping and crackle sound from the speakers"

Christian S., PA (2019 Honda Passport EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Radio unit would freeze or not load properly. Radio stations would not receive or disconnect suddenly. Load crackling from speakers. Often the radio would be " loading" to find a connection or signal. Honda replaced radio head unit under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2019 Honda Passport EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"poppng noise from speakers in the morning. Goes away after 20-30 minutes"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Honda Passport Sport 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"popping noise from speakers from all surces: radio or mp3 player"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Honda Passport Sport 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"To operate voice command for GPS or other operational voice commands, I must go to the dealer to fix. No self help easy fix. Voice is made for Apple products not android."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Passport Elite 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Air noise at the front passenger's door developed shortly after purchase. Honda Dealership mechanic could not identify the cause. Still not resolved, although has been brought to the attention of Honda Corp. through a customer satisfaction survey. A response email thanked me for taking the survey but no followup by the corporation. I have read about this issue by other Passport owners on a forum website. I have been a consumer of Honda for 14 years and very well aware that sometimes it seems Honda is willing to conveniently overlook customer complaints. I truly like my 2019 Honda Passport Touring AWD vehicle but the air noise is very disappointing for the price paid for this level of model. Passengers always check as to whether the door or window is still open whenever riding with me, which is really a sad thing to tolerate as the owner."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Passport Touring 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"dashboard molding squeaks"

Anonymous, VA (2019 Honda Passport Touring 3.5-L V6)

"driver's seat clunks. dealer fixed it once, clunk returned. awaiting dealer visit in near future to address problem again."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Honda Passport Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The car is not for seniors with hearing problems. The low frequency vibrations make it almost impossible to listen to the radio because of the constant banging."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Passport EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"It appears that the wind noise in from either the dun roof of the doors. Not sue if it as loud as I think because of the hearing aids. My wife also thinks there is wind noise. Haven't had time to return to the dealership. Plan on requesting service in the next 2 weeks. I do not have the solid klunk when closing the doors that I had on my 2011 Pilot. The rubber gasket is not as thick."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Honda Passport EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Noise in cabin while driving. Dealer stated it could be from the window wind deflectors, they checked but still exists."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Honda Passport Touring 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Don't know about the extent of this problem yet as it will not be serviced until next week. Presently the air conditioner absolutely does not work. The vehicle is about 3 weeks old."

William L., WI (2019 Honda Passport Touring 3.5-L V6)

"According to my wife, it was a faulty compressor that was replaced altogether. The compressor also leaked refrigerant. She noticed the problem when the ac was blowing warmer air than was desired."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Honda Passport Touring 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Had no cooling. Dealer had to disassemble and replace seal and bag."

Anonymous, MN (2019 Honda Passport Elite 3.5-L V6)

"Related to the faulty ac compressor, my wife thought that for a fairly new vehicle the ac should be more effective than it was."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Honda Passport Touring 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"The molding/ cushion to the driver side door is loose but I haven't taken it back to have that fixed yet."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Honda Passport Elite 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The drivers said rear door and the good had chips in the paint. They had to paint the again."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Honda Passport Elite 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"This is common to all models with the 9 speed transmission, or so we were told. Hard shift happens only occasionally but is quite noticeable and needs to be addressed by Honda."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Honda Passport Touring 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Rear hatch makes grinding noise when closing"

Anonymous, ON (2019 Honda Passport Touring 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission completely locked up and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2019 Honda Passport Elite 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Bad harness connection"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Honda Passport Elite 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"out of alingment from dealer"

Anonymous, AZ (2019 Honda Passport Elite 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

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