You may have to search long and hard to find anyone in Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, or Greensboro who doesn’t think Honda produces some sensational crossover SUVs. And for those who might consider them variations on a common theme, the 2024 Honda Passport offers something a little different. The 2024 Passport is as smooth and comfortable as you’d expect for highway cruising, but it also has extra off-road capability for those who want to be a little more adventurous in their Honda SUV.
The Honda Passport is a midsize crossover SUV that doesn’t try to squeeze in a third-row seat but does offer increased ride height for greater off-road capability than other SUVs in the current Honda family. All-wheel drive is standard across the Passport lineup, but this isn’t a hard-core off-roader that sacrifices on-road manners at the altar of trail-conquering capability. Instead, the 2024 Honda Passport strikes a sensational balance between the two.
While many owners will rarely test the Passport’s true off-road capabilities, most will appreciate the ruggedly sophisticated exterior styling that’s always popular with SUV shoppers. The range starts with the entry-level Passport EX-L. Last year’s mid-range and range-topping models are next, which are the Trailsport and Elite trims. However, they are now joined by a new top trim level in the shape of the Black edition.
Most people wouldn’t be surprised today to see a four-pot under the hood of a model like the 2024 Honda Passport, but Honda sticks with a more traditional V-6. The engine powering all three trim levels is a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. That power gets sent to all four wheels through a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, and this combination delivers fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.
The powertrain delivers all the power the Passport needs for every application, including off-road. The increased ground clearance and shorter front and rear overhangs make it the most off-road-ready model in the current Honda family. But don’t let all that and the rugged exterior styling distract you from the Passport’s strongest suit, which is its wonderfully smooth and composed ride that makes it a sensational highway cruiser.
The 2024 Honda Passport is one of those rare new vehicles where the most affordable model makes a powerful case for itself and isn’t a stripped-down model with a low price to attract fleet buyers. The EX-L standard features include an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, wireless charging, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power liftgate, roof rails, and all-wheel drive, so what’s not to like?
Of course, the name alone tells you that Trailsport is the model to choose if off-roading is at the top of your agenda. And the Elite lives up to its name with standard heated and ventilated front seats, a hands-free power tailgate, 540-Watt Premium Audio System with ten speakers, and HondaLink Subscription Services. However, all three trim levels get the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistive features, which includes adaptive cruise control and plenty more.
It’s hard to imagine what it would take to improve the 2024 Honda Passport. Even the most affordable version has a list of standard equipment that puts the higher trim levels of some rivals to shame. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Experience the Passport for yourself with a test drive from Nelson Honda at 2500 Greensboro Rd, Martinsville, Virginia, or call us at (276) 632-9741 for more information and book an appointment for a time that’s suitable for you.