Does Honda Need The 2020 Passport Crossover?
Both crossovers and SUVs are morphing into more and different configurations which we’re not sure anyone is asking for. Is the 2020 Honda Passport one of those variations that you might be better served looking up or down Honda’s portfolio? Let’s take a look.
Where the Passport fits into Honda’s crossover lineup is between the CRV and the Pilot. Basically, if you want a roomy two-row crossover SUV then the Passport is worth exploring. What you will be asking yourself is if a slightly more compact crossover would work better or at least equal to the larger Passport? The other is why do you want a large two-row SUV when you could have a three-row?
Don’t you want a spacious crossover with a third row?
Seats in SUVs fold and collapse and can be completely removed. So, how could a third seat really be in the way? There doesn’t seem to be a minus to having the third row. With the 2020 Passport, there’s no option that a third seat provides. So, versatility is reduced.
Maybe you will never need the third-row seating. If you’re wanting a more spacious crossover without the third row then the Passport is a great vehicle for your wants and needs. With the latest driver assists like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and electronic emergency braking, plus Mud and Slide modes with the all-wheel-drive, the conveniences are quite abundant.
Optional all-wheel-drive is spun by the only engine offered; a 280 hp 3.5-liter V6. It’s backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission. That power translates into a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.
Unfortunately, the EPA ratings for the front- or all-wheel-drive Passport are only so-so. For city driving with the FWD model, you get 20 mpg, with 25 mpg on the highway. For the AWD the city average is 19 mph and 24 mpg highway.
Lots of features inside the 2020 Passport
Cargo capacity is 41 cubic feet hiding behind the back seat. Folding down that back seat, the capacity moves up to 78 cubic feet, the equivalent of 33 bags. The 5.0-inch display infotainment system contains Bluetooth and other popular points. You’ll have to step up for the eight-inch version to get things like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
On the safety front, the 2020 Passport earned a five-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Also, it received a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Four levels are available. They include the Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Prices start at $33,500 for the Sport to $45,000 for the Elite. With such a wide range, we’d have a tendency to take the cheaper model and not worry about having the larger 8.5-inch infotainment screen and a power liftgate.