Honda introduced the 2022HondaPassport with a new, more rugged exterior design that better matches its true off-road capability. Equally at home on dirt and mud-strewn trails as it is on the highway or twisting mountain roads, the adventure-ready Passport features a new, more aggressive front end and a new rear bumper with larger exhaust outlets.
Passport's new front and rear styling better reflects the rugged capabilities of its strong unibody construction, independent front and rear suspension, standard V6 engine, and available class-leading i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. New sheet metal from the A-pillars forward includes a new hood with a pronounced power bulge, a new squared off nose and upright grille design unique to Passport, and new front fenders.
Atop the grille is a crossbar that bisects the headlight lenses, finished in chrome on EX-L, and painted gloss black on TrailSport and Elite. It accentuates Passport's width, while a prominent skid garnish design adds to the tougher look of its new front bumper. Broad side vents route air through the bumper and around the front wheels and tires, creating air curtains to improve aerodynamic performance.
A new more aggressive rear bumper features cutouts for larger twin exhaust outlets, plus a tow hitch cover and skid garnish design that matches the more rugged front-end styling. The crossbar under the rear window is matte black on EX-L and TrailSport, and gloss black on Elite.
All Passport grades also feature new tougher-looking alloy wheel designs. TrailSport is equipped with new 18-inch diameter wheels, while EX-L and Elite receive newly designed 20-inch wheels.
For those looking to take Passport's rugged new styling even further, a new HPD Package has been created in collaboration with Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda's U.S.-based racing company. The HPD Package adds a unique grille treatment, black fender flares, aggressive wheels and special HPD graphics on the rear quarter panel.
One of the most powerful SUVs in its class, every 2022Passport is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 280 horsepower (SAE net at 6,000 rpm) and is backed by a smooth and responsive 9-speed automatic transmission. Standard on TrailSport and Elite, and available on EX-L, is Honda's i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. In all conditions, the system enhances controllability and traction management by automatically sending up to 70 percent of the engine's 262 lb.-ft. (SAE net @ 4,700 rpm) of torque to the rear wheels, and continuously apportioning 100 percent of that torque between the rear wheels based on driving conditions at each wheel.
The exceptional off-road traction management of the i-VTM4 system expands
Passport's off-road ability well beyond its crossover-based competition. In addition, Passport's four-mode Intelligent Traction Management allows drivers to customize the i-VTM4™system for different terrains, including sand, snow, mud and paved roads. With 8.1-inches of ground clearance (with AWD), Passport can navigate tough trails and its 5,000-pound towing capacity (with AWD, with additional equipment) allows it to pull a large camper trailer or off-road toys.
Passport's strong unibody construction and independent front and rear suspension deliver class-leading on-road ride comfort and dynamics, and sharp, precise steering gives Passport a sporty driving character in any situation.
Inside, for a sportier, off-road character, Passport EX-L grades now feature high-contrast stitching on perforated leather seats, and all trims have new gray instrument cluster illumination and white gauge needles.
Passport seats five comfortably, and its class-leading 50.5 cu.-ft. of cargo space offers plenty of room for everyone's gear. A power tailgate is standard on all grades, with handsfree access on Elite. The cargo space can be expanded by 2.5 cu.-ft. thanks to multiple under-floor storage compartments, perfect for keeping items out of sight, storing wet clothes or muddy hiking boots.
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