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2019 Honda Passport Hauls 5 People and Gear Off-road and On

by Shane McGlaun
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Honda teased the new 2019 Passport a while back, and promised to unveil the new SUV at the LA Auto Show. That official unveil has happened, and it turns out that the Passport is a 5-passenger V6 SUV aiming at adventure seekers. The Passport slots between the CR-V and the Pilot in their lineup.

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Despite its off-road leanings, it’s built on a reinforced unibody frame, so Toyota’s rugged, but long-in-the-tooth 4Runner probably doesn’t have too much to worry about. The base Passport will be front-wheel-drive, but Honda’s Intelligent Variable Torque Management torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system is also available. That system promises better on and off-road performance. The system also has Snow, Sand, and Mud modes to tune performance for surface conditions.

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Its engine is an i-VTEC 3.5-liter V6 that makes 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. of torque, paired up with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The FWD version has 7.8-inches of ground clearance with the AWD version offering 8.4-inches. 20-inch wheels and tires are standard on all trims, which is an odd choice for a vehicle that purports to be off-road capable.

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Honda’s Sensing safety and driver assist systems are standard, and Honda. Honda boasts that the ride has best-in-class underfloor cargo storage. The Passport FWD can tow up to 3,500 pounds with the AWD version towing 5,000 pounds; both must be fitted with the optional towing package.

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Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support are standard with the infotainment system, and LED headlights are offered on some trims. This certainly isn’t a vehicle aimed at heavy off-road use, but it should get you to a campsite down a dirt road that is muddy or snow covered.

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