Honda is looking to tackle the wild with new rugged off-road trim levels known as the TrailSport. The Honda Passport could be first up for the new TrailSport treatment. When we say that the new Honda Passport might challenge rivals, the keyword is might.
What to expect with the Honda Passport TrailSport
Honda is getting in the off-roading game. It’s following in Jeep’s and the Ford Bronco’s tracks. Even the Subaru is adapting with the new Wilderness trim, so it’s about time for the TrailSport option to hit the trails.
The Honda Passport TrailSport has been teased in a preview, meaning it might be the first model to receive rugged upgrades. But there’s always a chance that upgrades only enhance appearances instead of capability.
According to rumors, the Passport TrailSport could be pretty mild. It’s gaining a new face and rear design, more body cladding, and orange interior accents. Beefier tires will probably complete the new look.
Later, Honda intends to add more for the TrailSport, including a retuned suspension, increased ground clearance, off-road tires, drivetrain-related features, and underbody protection. So, the first edition might not have skid plates or better shocks.
How capable is the Passport?
The Honda Passport comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. This is a stout amount of power. The Passport can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.8 seconds.
When properly equipped, that Passport can tow up to 5,000 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,332 lbs. It can tow a smaller camper or boat. Without all-wheel drive, the Passport can tow up to 3,500 lbs.
The AWD system has four-mode intelligent traction management. It features active torque vectoring for improved traction as each wheel. It includes settings for Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand.
Perhaps with the TrailSport model, we can expect the Passport to gain a Rock mode, hill-descent control, and hill-start assist. However, these modes are a pretty good start. Also, the Passport has an 8.1-inch ground clearance.
How comfortable is the Passport?
The Honda Passport is a pretty comfortable SUV for off-roading and adventuring. The cabin is pretty spacious and comfortable. The front seats could have a little more bolstering, but they still provide hours of comfort.
Fans are pleased with the Passport’s quiet cabin and smooth ride. It has responsive steering and sporty handling. However, the brakes are a little squishy and take some time to get used to. Sudden stops can feel skittish.
There are 42.1 cubic feet of storage feet behind the second row with up to 77.9 cubes total. There are large door pockets, a large center console, and tons of cubbies in the cabin. So, there is plenty of space for your gear.
The Honda Passport TrailSport will make a fine addition to the lineup. The Passport doesn’t need many off-roading upgrades to be more capable. We hope Honda brings the heat and turns this ride into a serious off-roader before the Ridgeline and Pilot get the same treatment.