2022 Honda Passport Preview- What to Expect, Release Date, Price, Performance, 0-60, and Interiors

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A. Sharma 

Automotive Journalist

June 9, 2021  at 3:15 PM

Honda is expected to soon reveal the release date of its family-oriented SUV, the 2022 Honda Passport, later this year. It will essentially be the same as the current generation model but a few optional features are expected to become standard. With the price starting at around $34,500, the 2022 model year will also offer five trims to choose from. Similarities will continue as the newer model shall get the same old 280 hp 3.5 - liter i-VTEC naturally aspirated V6 engine.

 

 

The Honda Passport is a mid-size SUV that sits right in between the Honda CR-V and the three-row Pilot. It is known for its spacious cabin and comfortable ride that attracts many family SUV buyers its way. With plenty of safety features already on board, the base Sport trim will benefit the most with the 2022 update due to the addition of more standard features. Also, the range-topping Elite trim is expected to be priced closer to $45,000 instead of the current price tag of around $44,000.
 

What about the engine offered in the 2022 Honda Passport SUV?

With no changes expected at all in terms of the powertrain, the 2022 Honda Passport will be powered by the same 3.5-liter V-6 unit. It can develop 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Transmission duties will be carried by a nine-speed automatic transmission which is expected to be tuned to offer slightly better fuel efficiency this time. A front-wheel drivetrain will be offered as standard with an all-wheel drive being an additional feature for occasional off-roading situations.

Meant to carry your family around in comfort, the engine feels punchy in the mid-range but feels quite nosy around the top-end of the rev range. Thus, if you do not ask for more than city crawling or high-cruising from it, the engine feels quite adequate for fulfilling everyday tasks. 
The steering is pretty direct and it can tow up 5,000 pounds with the current setup. Off the road, the SUV offers good capabilities for occasional drives over the rough stuff.

Models

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Volvo XC60 

MSRP

$32,590

$38,200

$32,350

$40,795

Engine

3.5L I-VTEC V6

2.0L turbocharged inline-4 

3.6L V6

2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

9-Speed automatic

10-speed automatic

8-Speed Auto w/od manual

8-speed shiftable automatic 

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

280 hp @ 6,000 rpm

272 hp @ 6500 rpm

293 hp @ 6,400 rpm

250 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

280 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

*2021 model figures

Honda knows the value of a powerful engine under the hood of a family SUV, thus, the Passport gets one of the most powerful engines in its class. In comparison, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the only option that offers even more power than the Passport. There had been rumors of Honda offering a more powerful engine option that shall generate close to 300 horsepower with some of its newer models. However, the same is not likely for a comparatively mundane SUV like the Honda Passport.

What about the mpg figures of the 2022 Honda Passport SUV?

Being a bulky SUV, the Honda Passport has never been known for its fuel efficiency. Now with no updates whatsoever in terms of powertrain, the fuel efficiency shall remain about the same. The 3.5 L V6 engine powering the Passport is an old unit that is not as efficient as some of the new Japanese motors. Thus, the fuel-efficiency figures are not that great with the all-wheel-drive system further leading to more fuel gulps. 

Models

2021 Honda Passport 

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Volvo XC60 

MPG (city)

20

22

19

22

MPG (highway)

25

28

26

29

MPG (combined)

21

24

21

24

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

19.5

17.1

24.6 

18.8

Range (city/highway/combined)

390/487/409 miles

367/462/410 miles

467/639/516 miles

414/545/451 miles

*2021 model figures

Well, all this could change if Honda decides to introduce a hybrid version of the SUV with the 2022 model which is very unlikely. Currently, the Honda Passport offers a combined MPG of 21 which is the lowest in its class. The 2021 Volvo XC60 currently offers the best in class mileage along with the best range. 

What about the interiors and cargo space in the 2022 Honda Passport SUV?

Even when it comes to the interior department, the 2022 Honda Passport will not be offering many changes. As more features are expected to be offered as standard, the base trim will receive the benefits of it in terms of interior. However, as nothing has been made official by Honda, thus it is hard to predict exactly what features will be added to the trim. Talking about how the interior is quite practical but not quite exciting like some of its rivals. Currently, the interior layout of the cabin is quite user-friendly and also uses top-notch materials. The in-cabin experience relies more on the touchscreen rather than physical buttons and this trend shall get even stronger with the 2022 model.

The front seats provide adequate support even for taller passengers and offer a good amount of bolstering. The rear bench seats are also quite supportive and offer generous room to stretch out at the back. Thus, going around with a full house even for a long journey shall not be a tiring affair. The 2022 model shall retain its spacious cabin and minor feature shuffling could be a possibility but nothing has been made official by Honda, yet.

Models

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Acura d

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Volvo XC60 

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40.1/62.0/40.9

40.0/50.0/42.0

39.7/58.7/40.3

38.0/58.2/41.5

Second Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.1/61.9/39.6

38.0/57.0/38.0

39.2/58.0/38.6

38.0/56.3/38.0

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

41.2

39.2

36.3

32.1

*2021 model figures

It is not hard to see why the Honda Passport is such a popular choice among modern American families. The SUV not only provides a commodious cabin but also the best in class cargo capacity. The 2022 model will offer a similar cabin as well as cargo space. The only SUV that comes close to providing so much space on the inside is the Acura RDX.

How is the 2022 Honda Passport SUV’s infotainment unit?

Honda offers an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with every Passport SUV currently and the same will be offered with the 2022 model, as standard. It also comes with Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard. You get all necessities such as Bluetooth and various power points as well. With the 2022 model, Honda might offer a bigger 10.2-inch touchscreen according to some rumors but that remains to be seen. Honda will also offer optional features such as a 115-volt outlet, built-in navigation, an upgraded audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless phone charging.

Some of the highlight features of the infotainment unit could be:

  • Wireless smartphone charging pad 
  • 4 USB charging ports 
  • 8-inch high-resolution color touchscreen display
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 7-speaker sound system

How’s the Exterior styling of the 2022 Honda Passport SUV?

The 2022 Honda Passport will continue to look the same as there is no major redesign in-store. Honda has been trying to focus on providing a rugged appeal to the style in order to boost its sales and cash in on the SUV trend. Thus, even the Passport tries to look functional rather than just a nice-looking vehicle on the outside. It does not try to polarise in any way and goes for a much more generic look and appeal than most new entrants these days. Being based on the light truck platform, the Passport looks boxy and offers a bold stance from upfront. On the sides, it takes more on an MPV look rather than an SUV.

At the rear as well things have been kept simple with minimal tail light real estate and a rugged-looking bumper. Overall the Honda Passport fails to stand apart but offers a rugged SUV look which most customers want these days. 

Model

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Volvo XC60 

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3959

3,826

5,004

4,105

Length (in.)

190.5

188.1

189.8

184.6

Width (in.)

78.6

74.8

76.6

74.9

Height (in.)

71.6

65.7

69.3

65.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.5

8.2

8.6

8.5

Wheelbase (in.)

111.0

110.6

114.8

112.8

*2021 model figures

As it is evident from the spec sheet, the Honda Passport will remain the longest as well as the widest SUV in its class. This helps it liberate more space on the inside even while it offers one of the shortest wheelbases in its class. While every SUV has been designed differently and looks remain subjective, the Volvo XC60 looks the most contemporary. On the other hand, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers the best balance between rugged and modern looks.

 

What about the safety offered in the 2022 Honda Passport SUV?

The Honda Passport is quite a safe car behind the wheel and that can be claimed from its crashworthiness in the crash tests. It has earned full five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The base trim however is not very loaded in terms of the driver-assistance features and with the 2022 model, Honda could change that. Features such as forward-collision warning and the automated emergency braking are given as standard.

Some of the safety features on offer will be:

  • Forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking 
  • Blind-spot monitoring 
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Pre-collision safety system
  • Driver Attention Warning 
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist

Verdict

The 2022 Honda Passport will be a slightly better version of the current generation as it will offer more features as standard. However, it remains to be seen what exactly Honda will be offering with its 2022 model year update in terms of features. However, it will not be an all-new product and thus shall offer more or less the same package for slightly more money. Thus, we would not recommend you to wait for the 2022 model year if you want to go for this family-oriented rugged SUV.

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