There isn’t a good reason to choose the 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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Honda Passport Road Test

There isn’t a good reason to choose the 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.

Unlike the slightly larger Pilot, the Passport’s ride is overly stiff, transmitting a bit too many bumps and pavement irregularities to passengers. Like the Pilot, the Passport is a relatively clumsy handler, in spite of its stiffer suspension. The steering feels vague, telegraphing little in the way of front-tire grip to the driver, and handling lacks the agility of competitors such as the Ford Edge.

Best Version to Get
Skip the base Sport trim since it doesn’t have blind spot warning, a power driver’s seat, or Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The second-tier EX-L trim is the sweet spot of the Passport line, especially since some optional features, such as a heated steering wheel, can be installed by...
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