2023 Honda Passport: What We Know so Far About This off-Road Honda SUV

The 2023 Honda Passport is a comfortable midsize SUV that seats five. This SUV offers more than 41 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, giving you plenty of space for your gear. The Passport receives power from a highly refined V6 engine and brings the promise of Honda off-road driving to the market.

When will the 2023 Honda Passport be available for purchase?

Blue 2023 Honda Passport TrailSport Posed Outdoors
2023 Honda Passport TrailSport | Honda

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Honda brings the 2023 version of the Passport to the market in the latter part of 2022. Expect this SUV to be on sale in the fall, but it could be as late as November or December before we see all trims of the Honda Passport available.

How much will the 2023 Passport cost?

The expected starting price of the base model in FWD format should be $38,000. This is a little higher than some competitors, including the Mazda CX-9 and Kia Telluride. Those looking for the off-road-focused TrailSport trim should expect to pay $43,000, and anyone shopping for the top, Elite trim, will see pricing much closer to $46,000.

2023 Honda Passport engine options, towing, fuel mileage

Honda Passport TrailSport on a dirt road
Honda Passport TrailSport | Honda

All versions of this Honda SUV will use a 3.5-liter V6 engine attached to a 9-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain delivers 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The base EX-L model only comes in FWD, with the option of AWD. The TrailSport and Elite trims have AWD as part of the standard features package.

The fuel economy numbers for the Passport are 20 city/25 hwy mpg for FWD versions and 19 city/24 hwy mpg in AWD models. Towing maxes out at 5,000 pounds for AWD versions of this SUV. If you opt for an FWD version, the maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds.

What trims does the Honda Passport offer?

There are only three trim levels for the 2023 Passport. These trims are:

  • EX-L
  • TrailSport
  • Elite

The sweet spot for this Honda SUV could be with the EX-L trim and AWD to give you the maximum capability and an affordable price.

Is the Honda Passport worth buying?

Honda Passport SUV posed on rocks
Honda Passport SUV | Honda

The 2023 version of the Passport SUV should rank just as highly with experts, such as U. S. News and World Report, as the 2022 model. For 2022, the Passport ranks third among midsize SUVs offering a list of pros and cons that includes:

Pros

  • Roomy seating and cargo area
  • Loads of standard features
  • Impressive V6 engine
  • Refined handling

Cons

  • Firm ride over rough road surfaces
  • Relatively high starting price

Is the Honda Passport good in snow?

Both FWD and AWD versions of the Honda Passport offer a Snow mode. Those with AWD have more traction and capabilities on trails and in the snow, but this SUV can handle most wintry situations. The FWD model has Normal and Snow settings, while the AWD version adds Mud and Sand modes to the mix.

Is the Passport being redesigned?

2023 Honda Passport Cabin
2023 Honda Passport Cabin | Honda

No, this Honda SUV received cosmetic updates for 2022, and those will carry over to the 2023 version. Other improvements made for the 2022 model include better tech and a rugged TrailSport version. The Passport is already a tough-looking midsize SUV made for driving on the trails, and that look continues into the next model year.

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