The 2022 Honda Passport returns with a new, more rugged exterior look, particularly evident with the new TrailSport trim level. The Passport isn’t a hardcore off-roader, but it has more capability when the pavement runs out than many segment rivals. The cabin also benefits from a refresh that delivers a sportier, more adventurous character this year. All models now feature Rear Seat Reminder and rear seatbelt reminder technology for extra peace of mind when you’re busy driving around and getting in and out of the Honda in Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro.
The 2022 Honda Passport is now available in three trim levels: the entry-level EX-L, the mid-range version, the new TrailSport, and the top-of-the-range model is, the Elite. The new TrailSport trim level for this year features a unique grille treatment, more aggressive front and rear bumpers with silver skid garnish designs, and Honda’s i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and Intelligent Traction Management systems that are part of the standard specification.
Entry-level EX-L versions of the Passport are standard front-wheel-drive, but the i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system that’s standard with TrailSport and Elite trims are also available as an option for the base model.
The 2022 Honda Passport uses the same engine for all three trim levels. Still, you won’t think you’re missing out by not having an alternative, as the unit Honda has chosen is perfect for this particular application. The engine found under the hood of the new Honda Passport is a 3.5-liter V-6 developing 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, which goes to the front or all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control.
Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are standard across the range, as are an ECON mode button and Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management System. When correctly specified, the 2022 Passport is rated to tow a maximum of 3,500 with FWD, or 5,000 pounds if you have an AWD model. Front-drive models get EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 22 combined. At the same time, AWD doesn’t have too much of a detrimental effect on fuel economy, with ratings of 19/24/21 mpg, respectively.
The standard specification of base models is pretty good as the EX-L used to be the second model in the lineup until Honda dropped the Sport trim. The EX-L comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, smart entry, a power liftgate, heated front seats, roof rails, and a wireless charger.
If you want a Honda Passport that looks ready for off-road adventuring, the TrailSport is the model for you with its unique front and rear bumpers, TrailSport grille, 18-inch pewter wheels, and prominent badging on the exterior and inside the cabin. Elite models live up to their name and create a strong impression of a genuine luxury model with such upscale standard features as ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, automatic wipers, a hands-free version of the power tailgate, and an upgraded sound system.
The 2022 Honda Passport is a sensational midsize crossover SUV package for anyone who doesn’t need a third row but wants comfort, quality, high levels of standard equipment, and pretty good value for money. Experience the refreshed 2022 Honda Passport today with a test drive from Nelson Honda here at 2500 Greensboro Rd, Martinsville, VA, or give us a call at (276) 632-9741 for more information and to book a test drive for a time that suits you.