2020 Honda Passport

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$31,990 - $43,780
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2020 Honda Passport Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 13, 2020
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2020 Honda Passport is not new to the American car market. It does not translate that Honda Passport drives a legacy behind but it does have a stronghold in the US car market or specifically SUV market. The Passport is a charming vehicle with a good fan base and is known for its practicality and performance. The 5 door SUV has a whole lot of new things that translate it into a great budget SUV with heavier features than other SUVs.

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Pros

Spacious seating arrangement

High-quality interior

Vast cargo area

Sporty exterior looks

Cons

Bumpy rides on rough roads

Fussy touch controls

What's New?

There is no special update to the SUV in 2020. It won’t be untrue to say that the vehicle is reproduced with just a 2020 batch.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
 2020 Honda Passport Review video

Styles

 2020 Honda Passport in Black Copper Pearl color  2020 Honda Passport in Black Forest Pearl color  2020 Honda Passport in Obsidian Blue Pearl color
Black Copper Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Final Verdict

8.4

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Honda Passport Sport

Sport

power
280 hp @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$31,990 - $33,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $31,990 MSRP (20/22/25) 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $33,990 MSRP (19/21/24) 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Passport EX-L

EX-L

power
280 hp @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$36,410 - $38,410


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $36,410 MSRP (20/22/25) 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $38,410 MSRP (19/21/24) 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Passport Touring

Touring

power
280 hp @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$39,280 - $41,280


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $39,280 MSRP (20/22/25) 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $41,280 MSRP (19/21/24) 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Passport Elite

Elite

power
280 hp @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$43,780


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $43,780 MSRP (19/21/24) 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.5

Overall Rating


The 2020 Honda Passport is all set to charm you with its looks and interior that looks much more inspired now. The cool new elements and tech inside the SUV transform it into a new genre of car that drives you and your family with more calmness. To a bit unfortunate incident Honda has not made any new changes to its 2020 Honda Passport lineup but it plans to do so in the coming months with probably a new model.

Until a new model is confirmed by the car brand you can surely think of buying the 2020 Honda Passport because it is already a complete SUV for the price and segment its rivals. Any new model will surely make an update to its old silhouette that we predict to remain basic. The SUV is good for those who want a big two-row crossover which can seat 5 with ease in its commodious and comfortable inside. The sporty SUV from SUV does have some pros and cons that cannot go unnoticed. Check the detailed review for more.

2020 Honda Passport SUV Front View
2020 Honda Passport SUV Rear View

9.0/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 

8.4/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Honda Passport Features

9.0/10

The Honda passport comes in 4 different trim configurations they are Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. The SUV has a sporty exterior that extends to the interior. The standard features that run among all the trims are driver-assist features such as adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking that add up to better value. The price difference among these models is approx to USD 4000 and you get a lot of features in the top trims.

Trim

Sport

EX-L

Touring

Elite

MSRP (FWD)

$33,110

$37,530

$40,400

$44,900

Key Features

280 horsepower,1 3.5-liter, 24-valve, Direct Injection, SOHC, i-VTEC V6 engine

ADDS TO OR REPLACES SPORT FEATURES:

ADDS TO OR REPLACES EX FEATURES:

ADDS TO OR REPLACES EX-L NAVI FEATURES:

 

Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)

One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature

SiriusXM

Wireless charging

 

Sliding and reclining 60/40 split-folding second-row seat

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Power tailgate

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

 

Seating capacity: 8

Mirror-integrated LED turn signal indicators

Memory-linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down

Perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces

 

Remote engine starter

LED Fog lights

Body-coloured front and rear parking sensors

LED headlights with auto-on/off (High and low beam)

 

Multi-angle rearview camera2 with dynamic guidelines

HomeLink remote system6

Leather-trimmed seating surfaces

HondaLink2,3,5 Subscription Services

 

Proximity key entry system with pushbutton start

Honda LaneWatch blind spot display2

One-touch second row seats

Advanced Rear Entertainment System with 10.2-inch, high-resolution WSVGA (1024x600) screen, Blu-ray player and embedded streaming media apps

 

Front wiper de-HandsFreeLink-bilingual Bluetooth wireless mobile phone interface2,3 with steering-wheel mounted controls Heated front seats Intelligent Traction Management System Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD system

Driver's seat with 10-way power adjustment including power lumbar support

Passenger's seat with 4-way power adjustment

Heated and ventilated front seats

 

6-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Heated second-row seats (outboard positions only)

Hands-free power tailgate HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) input jack3

 

LED daytime running lights

 

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System2,7 and bilingual Voice Recognition

AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot3,9

 

LED headlights with auto-on/off (Low beam)

 

Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel

Blind Spot Information2 (BSI) system with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor2 system

 

1,588 kg or available 2,268 kg towing capacity4

 

 

20" aluminum-alloy wheels 9-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control

 

Auto high beam

 

 

600-watt AM/FM/CD Premium audio system with MP3/Windows Media Audio playback capability and 11 speakers including subwoofer and 5.1 Surround Sound

 

Display Audio System2 with HondaLink2,3,5 

 

 

115-volt power outlet

 

Apple CarPlay2,3 /Android Auto2,3

 

 

Auto-dimming power folding side mirrors

 

18" aluminum-alloy wheels

 

 

Ambient Lighting (Blue)

 

264-watt AM/FM audio system with MP3/Windows Media Audio playback capability and 7 speakers including subwoofer

 

 

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Which Honda passport trim one should buy?

Such type of decision generally depends upon the application of the work you are going to use that vehicle. The Honda Passport comes in AWD and FWD modes with all the trims, this configuration makes it easy to choose between all the models. Only one has to compromise in the interior features and infotainment which adds up with the trim ladder. In our opinion, Honda Passport Sport is the best buy with an AWD or FWD as per your application. The price point at which it comes is fascinating for a large SUV.

2020 Honda Passport Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The Honda Passport is powered with a 3.5L V6 engine. The V6 engine is a massive powerhouse that drives the vehicle on any road with ease. The entire trim line is mated with a 9-speed gearbox. This is similar to the powerhouse of the similar-looking Honda Pilot. All these trims come in 2 drive configurations an AWD and an FWD. The engine produces 280hp of horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.

Models

Honda Passport Sport

Acura RDX suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

Lincoln MKC suv

MSRP

$33,110

$37,400

$40,195

$34,920

Engine

3.5 liter I-VTEC V6

2.0L i4 Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

9 Speed automatic

10 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

Horsepower

280 hp@ 5500rpm

272 hp@ 6500rpm

250 hp@ 5700rpm

245 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

262 ft-lbs@ 1200rpm

280 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

275 ft-lbs@ 3000rpm

The vehicle on comparison looks more powered than its competitors on paperand the practical driving experiencealso tells proves the figures. 

How fast can the Honda Passport go?

The Honda Passport is a sporty SUV that is designed aerodynamically in spite of its huge proportion. The large proportion of the vehicle does not allow it to run very fast but even though it manages to make an impressive record for 0-60MPH. However, its slightly underpowered torque figures make it a bit lazy on roads but after you pass the 0-60 MPH figures, you feel the engine pulling the vehicle aggressively.

2020 Honda Passport SUV 0-60 MPH in Just 6.1 sec

Models

Honda Passport Sport

Acura RDX 

Volvo XC 60

Lincoln MKC

0-60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.6 sec

4.9 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

15.2 sec

N/A

15.3 sec

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.3

9.3

N/A

8.4

The Honda Passport is really fast for an SUV. The speed records on paper are mainly associated with its light frame chassis and the 9-speed gearbox. Other rivals also stand somewhere close to its speed and do have offer good figures in their tests. THe Lincoln is the fastest among all.

Does the Honda Passport have a better braking performance than its competitors?

Yes, it stands in a similar position with its competitors when it comes to braking. You cannot give a great remark to its braking. But it’s neither a performance SUV that should install ceramic brakes. However, the sportier SUV looks are powered with an average braking mechanism that needs some improvement. But still, you won’t lose confidence to drive the vehicle at higher speeds.

Model

Honda Passport

Acura RDX suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Brake Front (in.)

12.8

12.4

13.6

13.2

Brake Rear (in.)

12.8

12.2

12.6

12.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3870

3783

4109

3823

60-0 MPH (ft.)

126

121

N/A

N/A

The overall braking is assisted by an emergency braking system and other drive assist safety brake features. The 60-0 braking distance is not impressive but looks efficient. Even the large brake rotors have a plus point than other competitors.

How is the ride and handling of the Honda Passport?

The Honda Passport is known for its comfy ride quality and powerful performance on roads. The Honda Passport offers a comfortable ride on city and highway roads which is benefited by its suspension setup, light frame chassis, and ground clearance. The SUV comes with responsive steering that translates to better road hold and attentive driving and feels agile behind the wheels. The SUV drives well on small undulations and potholes but once you drive over larger potholes and bumpy roads you notice the worst of the ride quality. 

2020 Honda Passport SUV Rear View

It feels the vehicle losses its suspension capabilities on bumpy roads and there is a disconnect between the road and the vehicle. The light chassis which help it speed up and perform on roads turns gloomy for the SUV on bumpy roads. However, the ride quality of an SUV is operated by a lot of factors. Overall the Honda Passport offers a composed ride quality. It’s good on corners at lower speeds but at higher speeds, you can feel the body roll. The ground clearance is impressive but it jerky ride on rough roads does not appeal one to enjoy the feature.

2020 Honda Passport Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Honda Passport is a good car to own if you don’t consider the fuel economy. The miles per gallon figure does not translate it into a fuel saver, nor it’s a gas guzzler for an SUV. The 3.5L V6 engine is an average performer in the fuel efficiency segment. The passport is a good family SUV but in today’s context, it could have delivered better fuel efficiency. 

Model

Honda Passport

Acura RDX suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

MPG (city)

22

22

22

23

20

MPG (highway)

27

28

29

30

27

MPG (combined)

24

24

24

26

23

Range (miles city/highway)

477/586

376/479

414/545

396/516

314/424

Tank Capacity (gal)

21.7

17.1

18.8

17.2

15.7

The single-engine and transmission option across all the variants with a front-wheel-drive deliver around 22 miles per gallon on cities and 27 miles per gallon on highways. Whereas the all-wheel-drive setup is capable of delivering 19 miles per gallon and 24 miles per gallon on city and highways respectively.

2020 Honda Passport Interior

9.0/10

The Honda Passport is known among all other SUVs for its fine quality and plush interior work. The vehicle does not let you feel down in the interior aspect. The interior looks magnified and detailed in the 2020 Honda Passport. The dashboard of the vehicle is beautifully designed and is wrapped in soft material across the entire dash. You can quickly relate the interior of the Honda Passport with that of Honda’s Ridgeline. The design is remarkably good and the quality of the material is excellent. The controls and the air vents placed on the dashboard look organized. The steering mount also gets additional control buttons and there is leather-wrapped steering on option. The wide and capacious body has a lot of space in the inside of the SUV and translates to a better and more comfortable ride.

Is the Honda Passport a comfortable ride for 5 passengers?

Yes, it is a comfortable ride for 5 passengers. The car is phenomenally spacious and comfortable for city and highway journeys. It gets wide body seats and a comfortable seating position which maximizes the comfort on every road and ride. You can witness a good amount of legroom, headroom, and legroom in both the rows of the seats. The management of the space in the interior impresses.

2020 Honda Passport SUV Front Seats

Model

Honda Passport

Acura RDX suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/58.2/41.5

39.6/59.7/41.6

38.0/58.2/41.5

39.6/56.0/42.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg (In.)

38.3/57.2/41.5

38.3/56.6/38.4

38.0/56.3/38.0

38.7/55.3/36.8

Seats in both the rows are cushiony and provide better support to your back on bumpy drives and city roads. The second row comfortably seats 3 people even for long rides on highways. The air vents and windows are positioned ergonomically that distribute a good amount of air in the cabin and the cabin feels more ventilated. Climbing inside the car will be a restless experience for those with shorter heights, children and older peoples. 

What are Infotainment features inside the Honda Passport?

The Honda Passport is a good SUV and what makes it good isn’t limited to interior space and comfortable ride. It does get a good infotainment system to entertain and inform you around the roads. Some of the highlighted features which come standard as well as optional in the Honda Passport are:

2020 Honda Passport SUV Has 5.0 Inch Infotainment display 
  • 5.0 Inch display 
  • Bluetooth 
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen on top models
  • Satellite radio
  • Built-in navigation
  • 9 speaker audio system
  • Wi-fi hotspot
  • Wireless charging pad

Is there enough Cargo space in the Honda Passport?

The Honda Passport is a capacious car that also gets a good amount of cargo space. To your surprise, the cargo space can carry up to 10 big sized luggage boxes and still has space to add additional cargo or luggage. The 41 cu-ft of storage that is behind the rear seat is more than sufficient to carry an entire expedition plan or all of your camping bags. Folding the rear seats flat present an entire spare room of space that calculates to around 78 cubic feet. 

Model

Honda Passport

Acura RDX suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

33.5

31.1

28.7

25.2

Apart from the rear cargo space, there are enough pockets and bins in the front and second-row to store small packets, smartphones, laptops, bottles, and small bags.

What are the Interior features in the 2020 Honda Passport?

Honda Passport is a fun and easy to drive SUV. It has got a lot of comfort features in the interior for a comfortable and hassle-free ride for all its passengers. Some features do not come in the base model but all of these features can be found in the top two trims.

  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-trimmed seating surfaces
  • 60/40 split-folding second seat
  • 12-volt power outlets
  • Ambient lighting
  • Electronic gear selector
  • One-touch turn signals
  • Remote engine starter and immobilizer
  • Reversible cargo lid
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Walk away door lock
  • Three-zone climate control
2020 Honda Passport SUV Interior
2020 Honda Passport SUV Interior
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2020 Honda Passport SUV Interior
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2020 Honda Passport SUV Interior
2020 Honda Passport SUV Interior

2020 Honda Passport Exterior

8.0/10

The 2020 Honda Passport is a spacious car which is made of a rigid and light body frame that translates into a better-looking dimension and build on a stronger chassis frame. Honda Passport is based on the light truck platform which runs on a boxed floor which is rigid and strong. The bold character of the SUV is detailed out with the design of the frame of the SUV. It gets a tough character and the sporty lines that run along the body add to its charm. 

2020 Honda Passport SUV Three Quarter View

Model

Honda Passport

Acura RDX suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Curb weight (lbs.)

3870

3783

4109

3823

Length(in)

186.3

186.8

184.6

179.2

Width(in)

81.5

74.8

78.7

73.4

Height(in)

65.0

65.7

65.3

65.2

Ground clearance (in)

8.4

5.7

8.5

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

113.1

108.3

112.8

105.9

Track width (in) F/R

64.6/65.1

64.2/64.7

65.1/65.2

62.4/62.5

The Honda Passport and Pilot comes with a similar dimension but unlike the Pilot, it only gets 5 seater options and 2 rows of seating that adds to the interior space in the Passport. In terms of looks, the Passport is a sporty looking but if you remove the detailing in the body it looks like an American minivan. Its sporty character comes from the high ground clearance and the floating roofline.

What are the exterior features that come with the 2020 Honda Passport?

The 2020 Honda Passport has got some great features to support its rigid body. These features add to the overall safety and drive experience also.

  • Auto-leveling front headlights
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Body-colored heated power side mirrors
  • Gloss black front grille bar
  • LED fog lights
  • Front and rear splash guards
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Intermittent rear window wiper/washer
  • LED taillights
  • Memory-linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down
  • Mirror-integrated LED turn signal indicators
  • One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature
  • Auto-dimming power-folding side mirrors
  • Power tailgate
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Roof rails
  • Black Rear privacy-tinted glass
2020 Honda Passport SUV Exterior
2020 Honda Passport SUV Exterior
2020 Honda Passport SUV Exterior
2020 Honda Passport SUV Exterior
2020 Honda Passport SUV Exterior
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2020 Honda Passport SUV Exterior
2020 Honda Passport SUV Exterior
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2020 Honda Passport Safety

9.0/10

The Honda Passport gets a whole lot of Safety features that are standard in the SUV trim line. Even it scores a 5-star safety certification from the NHTSA.  

  • 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System3 (ABS)
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Hill Start Assist
  • LED DRLs
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
  • Front 3-point seat belts with automatic tensioning system
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Front airbag system
  • HondaLink Assist Automatic Emergency Response System
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children
  • SmartVent side airbags
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Auto high beam
  • Blind Spot Information
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Monitor3 system
  • Honda LaneWatch blind-spot display

2020 Honda Passport Competition

Honda Passport vs Acura RDX

The Acura RDX is a Nobel family SUV that is powered by a 2.0 L Inline 4 that is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission unit with afront wheel drive option. It is a good car to own but if Honda Passport was not in the market. It is more expensive, luxurious but not spacious. Acura RDX produces a similar engine figure but it does not have the same ride and comfort on roads.

2020 Acura RDX

Honda Passport vs Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 beats the Honda Passport in terms of safety but it falls on the performance and is inadequately powered for a Volvo. It is powered with a 2.0L engine that is mated to a 6-speed transmission unit. The looks and the interior of the Volvo also appeal to many. But it lacks the performance as well as space in the inside. It is also a good consideration for a family SUV only if you are willing to compromise on the interior comfort features and performance.

2020 Volvo XC60

Honda Passport vs Lincoln MKC

The Lincoln MKC is a stunning performer which is powered by a 2.0L Inline 4. It has a more refined engine and a great ride quality. The SUV looks great and also gets a premium interior but it lacks safety features. Even it is not a muscular looking car that can do offroading and is a gas guzzler which requires a lot of maintenance. Honda Passport sounds more economical and road-friendly than the Lincoln MKC. The lincoln gets comparatively less interior space and features.

2020 Lincoln MKC

2020 Honda Passport Final Verdict

8.4/10

Honda Passport is a feature-loaded vehicle that also gets some of the most premium features which come with vehicles above the half-million-dollar segment. It has an amazing fan base in the US market for its comfortable and spacious interior and the wide-body. The safety and exterior features that fill the column of its brochure boast the reliability of the SUV. The SUV only disappoints on the fuel economy figures but if you don’t consider that it is always a great car to buy.