While used and new car prices are on the rise across the board, the cost of the 2022 Honda Passport went up by $5,080. What does this price increase offer buyers, and is it worth upgrading to a higher trim level?
The 2022 Honda Passport SUV got a price increase
Car and Driver reports that one of the significant changes coming to the 2022 Honda Passport is fewer trim levels available. The base trim level, known as the Sport trim, is gone for 2022. The EX-L trim level is now the starting trim, coming in at $39,095. That’s $5,080 more than the Sport trim starts at for 2021. One of the benefits of the EX-L trim being the starting point is that it comes with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive. If you want to opt for AWD, it’ll cost another $2,100.
The TrailSport model joins the lineup for the 2022 Honda Passport with a starting price of $43,695. Above that, the Elite trim starts at $46,665. Both of these options will come with AWD standard. All trims for the new Passport get the 3.5L V6 engine, offering drivers 280 hp.
Even though the EX-L trim is an entry-level model, it comes with various standard equipment. This includes leather seats, 20-inch wheels, a sunroof, a power tailgate, and blind-spot monitoring. The TrailSport comes with a few more additions to set it apart. This includes different tires, a wider body, navigation, and even a roof rack/ The Elite trim adds heated/cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, and even heated rear seats.
The 2022 Honda Passport is still a good buy
It seems that Honda wanted to make the 2022 Passport a better ride for buyers, even if it does cost more. The additional features and upgrades offered might not seem like a lot, but such options add up. This makes the Passport a more well-rounded vehicle no matter which trim buyers choose. Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging are also added for 2022.
Honda jumped on the rear seat reminder and rear seatbelt reminder train as well. With 10 speakers, WiFi capability, and second-row controls for the climate system, the SUV is jam-packed with features. Honda even thinks the TrailSport trim is capable to go off-road like some of its main competitors. The Passport gets 8.1 inches of ground clearance all around and 21 mpg of fuel economy.
How are the Passports competitors priced?
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe, dubbed an adventurous family SUV by the automaker, starts at $27,400. It offers 28 mph on the highway and 281 hp. The 2022 Santa Fe also has 10 trims to choose from, with the plug-in hybrid model rounding out the top trim price at $45,360. The 2022 Ford Edge starts at $34,905 next year. It has five different trim levels to choose from. The ST trim starts at $43,760 and offers 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
While a $5,000 price increase for the new Honda Passport seems high, it also seems worth it when all of the features are broken down.