The Honda Passport debuted in 1994 as a response to the thriving SUV market. This model was produced from 1994 until 2002, then disappeared, taking over a decade-long hiatus. The latest 2002 model went out with a V6 engine and part-time four-wheel drive, performing decently for its time. However, the Passport recently came back with a punch in 2018, remade and better than ever before. After a few years back on the market, the 2021 Honda Passport is ready for off-roading enthusiasts everywhere.
The 2021 Honda Passport comes with some major upgrades, maintaining its V6 engine while adding in front-wheel and all-wheel drive options and a 5,000-pound max towing capacity. Despite being designed for heading off the pavement, the Passport comes with tons of safety and tech features and exterior appeal. This vehicle is perfect for your everyday and not-so-everyday driving purposes.
The 2021 Honda Passport’s exterior is generally the same across all four trims. There are a few important differences, however. The Touring and Elite trims are the Passport’s highest trims. They include hands-free power liftgates, acoustic windshields and front and rear door glass, and power-folding heated mirrors with turn indicators and a memory feature. Further, the Elite trim includes rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Moreover, the EX-L, Touring, and Elite trims include a one-touch power moonroof with a tilt feature. The lowest trim is the Sport trim, and the only features it lacks that the others have are a power tailgate, memory-linked side mirrors, a walk-away auto-lock, and the standard moonroof. Both the EX-L and the Touring trims also lack roof rails, parking sensors, and LED headlights. There are mere minute differences between the trims, whereas many other models make big jumps between what’s standard and what’s additional.
Otherwise, no matter what trim you choose, all 2021 Passport’s come with dual exhaust finishers, a roof-mounted antenna, LED brake lights, rear privacy glass, an intermittent rear window wiper, programmable remote entry, body-colored handles, smart entry, LED fog lights, and a body-colored roofline spoiler. As far as its appearance goes, this model comes in seven different color options, including White Pearl, Deep Scarlet Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Black Copper Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, and Obsidian Blue Pearl. Moreover, it includes a gloss-black grille, body moldings, and 20-inch black wheels, providing it with an overall rugged yet sporty exterior appeal.
The 2021 Honda Passports comes with a casual yet modern interior design. While it’s definitely made for off-roading, it still includes a slightly luxurious feel. This model comes with a heated leather steering wheel, leatherette seating with leather trim, heated and ventilated seating, a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, an illuminating and locking glove box, front and rear map lights, a day/night auto-dimming rearview mirror, power one-touch up/down windows, and a perimeter alarm, to name just some of its features. And that’s just scratching the surface.
As far as infotainment goes, the 2021 Honda Passport includes Wi-Fi hotspot capability, Bluetooth calling, SiriusXM capabilities, SMS text message functioning via voice command, and Honda’s satellite-linked navigation system. You also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which connect your phone’s screen along with its content straight to the infotainment system. Moreover, you can use HondaLink with this model, which includes several of its own features. These include automatic collision notification, enhanced roadside assistance, emergency calling, remote start, and a security alarm alert via your smartphone.
It also comes with Amazon Alexa Skill, which allows you to control your horn, locks, engine, and lights right from your phone. Further, this feature includes a “find my car” option along with a geofence alert, which lets you know if your vehicle has moved for some reason. Similarly, you’ll get a stolen vehicle locator and access to “Key” by Amazon, which is Amazon’s car delivery feature. The best part about this is that while it’s a subscription, you can get the first three months for free. It’s safe to say that the 2021 Honda Passport’s interior has undergone a major upgrade since its initial debut era in aesthetics, comfort, convenience, and technology.
Off-roading models are still made for the pavement. When you’re commuting back and forth to work, you want to ensure that you have access to the latest security features. That’s where the 2021 Honda Passport as you covered.
On the 2021 Passport, you’ll get the Lane Keeping Assist System, the Road Departure Mitigation System, the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera. You can also get the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor standard on the EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Plus, the 2021 Honda Passport has an overall 5-star NHTSA overall safety rating, including a 4/5 score on rollovers, which is more than ideal for a high-profile SUV model.
Additionally, this model comes with a Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer, which is essentially an anti-theft system. Thanks to this feature, no one can hotwire your vehicle. In order to head out on the trails, you have to have your key because it has a unique electronic code that is nearly impossible to duplicate. Without this unique electronic signature, your engine won’t start. Not only is the 2021 Honda Passport safe in terms of accident prevention, but it’s also difficult for others to steal. And if someone is able to get their hands on your vehicle, it won’t last for long because you’ll have access to your stolen vehicle locator that will help you be able to track your vehicle down. This model’s safety is superior, especially when compared to other similar off-roading models.
There’s no point in purchasing a new off-roading vehicle if it underperforms. That’s why the Honda Passport comes equipped with a powerful V6 engine that can produce 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Further, the all-wheel drive 2021 Passport can tow up to 5,000 pounds, making it ideal for towing small boats and ATVs. It can handle all of this while still maintaining average mileage for an off-roading SUV, landing at as much as 20 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway when the vehicle is equipped with front-wheel drive. When you have all-wheel drive, you can expect to get around 19 MPG city and 24 MPG highway. Its 9-speed transmission is smooth, and it comes with steering wheel paddle shifters, allowing you to save time and keep your eyes ahead.
Even better news is that the 2002 Honda Passport’s part-time four-wheel drive feature is a thing of the past. While the classic Passport performed well during its time, Honda has taken the several years in between generations to really perfect its off-roading performance. In addition to this model’s all-wheel drive capabilities, the Passport’s intelligent traction management system allows you to easily topple through snow, mud, and sand at the touch of a button. Furthermore, the Passport’s torque-vectoring all-wheel drive keeps it from slipping and sliding by properly distributing your traction. The standard all-season tires pair well with this setup, making it easier to enjoy adventurous trailing.
When compared to other similarly priced off-roading models like the Jeep Wrangler, these stats are impressive. The 2021 Honda Passport gets almost the same mileage as the Wrangler, a slight bit more torque depending on the engine, and it can tow up to 1,500 pounds more than the Wrangler can. Keep in mind here that while brands like the Jeep Wrangler are widely known for their off-roading capabilities, Honda has also been in the off-roading game for quite some time. Between its dirtbikes, ATVs, and side-by-sides, Honda is no rookie to the off-roading scene. It’s no surprise that they’ve carried this experience over into their full-sized vehicle production, so there’s no doubt about it; this Honda model was designed to scour backroads everywhere.