After almost three years in the market, the Honda passport gets its a mid-cycle update. In this way, Honda, known for its fierce competitiveness, seeks to maintain its midsize crossover truck with two rows of seats, based on the same platform that underpins the popular Honda Pilot, current against rivals such as the Chevrolet Blazer and Ford Edge.
The remodeling brings a new front design featuring a prominent grille more defined than in the past and more in line with the tastes of consumers in the United States, the country where it was designed and where it is manufactured. The front bumper features side air intakes that are functional and create a stream that forms air curtains over the front wheels, improving vehicle stability. Honda did not provide drag numbers to quantify the improvement.
Honda also redesigned the rear bumper of the new Passport with recesses for the tips of the exhaust pipes, a trailer hitch cover and an overall design similar to that of the front bumper.
Honda also offers a new appearance and accessory package designed by Honda Performance Development, the technology wing of Honda’s track efforts, which alters the grille, and gives black extensions to the wheel arches, brings new design wheels more aggressive and add graphics on the rear fenders.
The big news for 2022 is the arrival of the Honda Passport TrailSport, the model seen in all the images that accompany that article. That while it is not much more of an appearance package, it does widen the front and rear treads of the vehicle by 10mm, for greater stability and grip off the pavement.
The Passport TrailSport features a unique bumper and grill treatment, with prominent orange TrailSport badging on the grille and tailgate. Its 18-inch wheels with pewter-painted accents are also exclusive to the variant, as are its side-tread tires for a more rugged appearance.
In the cabin we get the must-have orange contrast stitching on the steering wheel, door panels and seats, with the TrailSport logo embroidered on the front seat headrests. Honda says the Passport TrailSport is the first in a series of trucks that will be produced with that emblem.
What did not change was the 3.5-liter V6 engine that remains the only engine in the Passport line, which continues to produce the same 280 horsepower as in the 2021 model mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive with torque vectoring is standard on TrailSport and Elite variants, and optional on the EX-L. Honda says this system improves traction management and controllability by automatically sending up to 70% of the 262 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, and continuously distributing 100 percent of that torque between the rear wheels. according to the driving conditions at each wheel.
Honda did not discuss pricing, which will be revealed near the Passport 2022 sales start date later this year, but did say that in future updates, the Passport TrailSport’s off-road capability will increase further with larger tires. aggressive and special suspension for off-road driving. But for now, this is what it is.