The Honda Passport enters its third year as the brand’s midsize two-row SUV entrant. For 2021, the Passport sees prices climb by a few hundred dollars, but the base trim at least has additional content for the extra money.
Prices rise by $625 for the base Passport Sport. The 2WD Sport is now $33,710 (including $1,120 destination charge, which is an increase of $25 over 2020), while the Passport Sport with 4WD is $35,710. From there, the next step is the Passport EX-L, where prices inch up by $225. The EX-L 2WD is $37,730, with the 4WD version again carrying a $2,000 upcharge at $39,730.
The penultimate Passport is the Touring, which also sees a $225 increase, and now starts at $42,600 in 2WD form and $44,600 with 4WD. At the apex of the lineup sits the Passport Elite, offered exclusively with 4WD, and wearing a price tag marked $45,100. Again, that’s $225 more than you’d pay last year.
The only change in features and equipment is in the base Sport. It now gets the same 8-inch display audio infotainment system as the fancier models, which also brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So, those phone-integration technologies are now standard on all Passports. The Sport’s display audio unit does not, however, include a text-message function, satellite radio, or HD radio — those remain the exclusive province of the EX-L and higher trims.
All Passport variants are powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and paired with a nine-speed automatic. EPA estimates are unchanged at 20/25 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 19/24 mpg with 4WD. Honda pitches the Passport as the rugged member of the family, and it has slightly more ground clearance and chunkier design details than the related three-row Pilot. Mostly, though, there isn’t a whole lot to back up that self-image, although as always, the aftermarket stands ready to make the Passport as rugged as you like.
2021 Honda Passport adds standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Sep 2020 09:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.