Sport is how Honda calls the entry-level trim of the five-seat SUV, which comes with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive for $2,000 more. EX-L is the next step up in the lineup, followed by the Touring and AWD-only Elite trim.
The latter specification adds a wireless phone charger, perforated leather upholstery for the heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, and power-folding side mirrors with heating and automatic dimming. Don’t, however, think that the Sport is as barebones as a mid-size crossover can be.
Honda thought about safety by including the Sensing suite as standard, and the list of features continues with LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, auto high-beam headlights, 20-inch alloys, push-button start and smart entry, remote engine start, as well as Intelligent Traction Management and a nine-speed auto box.
All trim levels of the Passport come with a direct-injected V6 with i-VTEC technology, a free-breathing engine with 280 horsepower on deck and 262 pound-feet of torque. The 3.5-liter lump is shared with the three-row Pilot as well as the Ridgeline, the only unbody pickup truck on sale in the U.S. for the time being.
Speaking of which, the Pilot is better value and more spacious for a lower price. $32,250 excluding destination, to be more precise. The Ridgeline, on the other hand, is on the steep side of pickups at $33,900 compared to $33,095 for the Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Crew Cab Long Box LT with the 3.6-liter V6 motor.