After over a decade away, Honda revived the Passport a few years ago, and it’s enjoyed some modest success in the SUV segment. Like many other Hondas, the Passport has also been a hit with critics, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a perfect car. In fact, the 2022 Honda Passport has several major issues, and here’s a look at the two issues that really bugged Consumer Reports.
1. The 2022 Honda Passport doesn’t have a good ride quality
Although Consumer Reports recommend the Honda Passport, it scored poorly in two areas, and one of those areas has to do with the SUV’s ride quality. It simply doesn’t have a good ride quality, which is especially true when compared to other Honda SUVs.
For example, Consumer Reports said that the Passport’s ride quality is even worse than the Pilot’s, primarily due to the fact that the Passport has a stiffer suspension. This is notable because Consumer Reports also didn’t like the ride quality of the Pilot, so the Passport’s ride quality looks pretty bad in comparison.
The Passport’s stiff suspension will mean that drivers and passengers will feel the “bumps and pavement irregularities” from the road. With that being said, the Honda SUV does a good job of minimizing side-to-side motions. As a result of this issue, the Passport only has an average score for its ride quality, whereas its seat comfort and interior fit and finish got an above-average score.
2. The 2022 Passport has slow and sluggish handling
Another issue that the Honda Passport had in common with other Honda SUVs was its handling. Consumer Reports says that the Passport had a “lackluster handling.” Once again, this was a similar review to what the Pilot got. The Honda SUV’s poor handling can be easily seen or experienced when taken around a corner.
Consumer Reports wrote that, during corners, the Passport has a lot of body lean and that drivers will need to use a lot of “steering twirl” to get the SUV around corners. That being said, while the Passport doesn’t handle corners as nimbly as other SUVs, such as how the Ford Edge handles them, the Passport’s handling is still quite capable.
Consumer Reports was impressed at how the Passport handled during the avoidance maneuver test. Regardless, its slow and sluggish handling still means that it ultimately has an average handling score.
Honda did a lot of things well with the new Passport though
Despite those two issues, Consumer Reports recommended the Passport for many reasons. For example, despite having slow and sluggish handling, the Passport’s acceleration is really good for its class. Honda gave this SUV a 3.5-liter V6 engine that gets 280 horsepower, and this allows the Honda to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. As a result, Consumer Reports gave the Passport a perfect score for its acceleration.
Additionally, while the Honda SUV may not have the most comfortable ride, its cabin is still good for other reasons. Honda did an excellent job at reducing the amount of noise heard inside the cabin, and the Passport is a very spacious SUV. The seats all have plenty of room that’ll allow passengers to sit comfortably in them. Lastly, the cargo area is not only well-made and spacious, but it also has additional cargo-carrying capabilities thanks to bins that are under the floor.