If you’d like a Honda CR-V but you need a little more off-road capability, and you’re not sure about going for a vehicle quite as large as the three-row Pilot, Honda now has the perfect solution for you in the shape of the 2021 Passport. Without being a great deal larger than the incredibly popular CR-V, the Passport offers greater interior space and the kind of off-road capability and rugged styling that some in this segment are now starting to neglect.
Although the Passport is great for town and suburbs like Villa Heights, Collinsville and Fieldale, but it’s equally at home taking you and the family over Smith River for a day out at Lake Lanier.
You currently have four different trim levels to choose from in the 2021 Honda Passport lineup, which offers buyers a decent amount of choice but with a common theme of determined capability running through the whole family.
The entry-level model in the 2021 Passport range is the attractively priced and affordably priced Sport trim level, and from there the range goes upwards through EX-L and Touring models before we get to the top-of-the-range Passport Elite.
Although there’s an unmistakably Honda look about the 2021 Passport, but the styling still manages to be distinctly different to both the smaller CR-V and the larger Pilot. It does look notably smaller than the Passport, but the tale of the tape tells us the Passport is actually just six inches shorter than its bigger brother. There’s a chunky, all-terrain style about the Passport, but it’s certainly not over the top.
The Pilot is an excellent vehicle for those who want some extra off-road capability without going as far as complicated high and low-range systems with steep learning curves. The available all-wheel-drive system features simple Sand, Snow, Mud, and Normal drive modes that automatically alter the Passport’s traction, throttle, and shift patterns for you to suit that particular terrain.
Powering all versions of the 2021 Honda Passport is an extremely capable and powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which in this case puts out a very respectable 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The power goes to the front or all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission, but it’s a unit that might take a little getting used to as it features push-button gear selection instead of the usual lever type of operation.
The EPA fuel economy ratings for the Passport in front-drive form are 20 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined, but the extra capability of all-wheel-drive only drops those numbers a tiny amount to 19/24/21 mpg.
Honda certainly realizes the importance of a vehicle’s infotainment system these days, which is why the touchscreen for the infotainment system has recently been upgraded to an 8.0-inch unit even in the entry-level Sport model.
Sport models come standard with 20-inch alloy wheels, remote start, auto high beams, intelligent traction management, two USB ports, and that 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. EX-L models only cost a modest amount more than the Sport trim level, but they add a sunroof, a power liftgate, additional sound deadening, power-adjustable and heated front seats, roof rails and leather upholstery to the entry model’s already impressive list of standard kit.
Touring models add the likes of a hands-free power liftgate, heated rear seats, navigation, parking sensors and a premium audio system. If you want the ultimate Passport for traveling in and around Martinsville or to Ridgeway, Horse Pasture or anywhere else, range-topping Elite models go even further with wireless phone charging, ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a heated steering wheel and plenty more.
As well as stylish exterior styling, a spacious and well-equipped interior, a powerful engine and more capability off-road than many in its class, the 2021 Honda Pilot also gets five-stars for safety from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS.
To find out more about this sensational midsize SUV and to experience it for yourself with a test-drive, come and see us today here at Nelson Honda, conveniently located at 2500 Greensboro Road, Martinsville, VA.