Back in 2019, the Japanese car manufacturers Honda have officially revealed the third-generation Passport mid-size SUV for the North American market. It came as a shorter, smaller and rugged version of the Honda Pilot and has brought more off-roading features, which makes it far different from the previous generation models. So we can guess a little what Honda will do with the Passport crossover for its 2020 model year. If it’s not a facelifted version, it’s likely only a minor revision and some simple changes for the 2020 Honda Passport.
Honda seems to be less serious with Passport crossover in the United States, it can be seen from the second and third-generation models released with a very long time difference. It was at least 17 years old between the second and third-generation models. The second-gen Honda Passport hit the market in 1998-2002, but it often faced recall problems until 2010. Then in 2019, Honda re-launched the gen-third Passport with a completely new design based on the Honda Pilot.
Speaking of design changes, the 2020 Honda Passport is expected to still adopt a similar design style as the 2019 model year. Compared to the second-generation model, there are some significant changes and redesigns on the exterior, including a completely new design at the front and rear end of the car. This new mid-size crossover has an all-new look, a more handsome design with LED headlights, dynamic design lines, and ride on a standard 20-inch alloy wheels.
Moving into the cabin, the new 2020 Passport SUV still shares a lot of design styles from its counterpart “The Honda Pilot” with a five-passenger setup. Honda offers several standard interior features on the Passport which include a 5-inch infotainment screen, power driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, and two USB ports. There are also a number of optional interior features available when buyers choose to upgrade their trim levels such as a large 8-inch touchscreen display, navigation system, wireless charging pad, and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility.
The 2020 Honda Passport offers several standard safety equipment that includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assists, and automatic emergency braking. In addition, there is also optional safety equipment available such as 360-degree camera and blind-spot monitoring system. Unfortunately, even though the 2019 Honda Pilot has been included in the top 30 list of vehicles of the IIHS Top Safety Pick, but the new Passport crossover hasn’t been tested at all by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
Under its hood, the 2020 Honda Passport is likely to still be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission capable of producing 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel drive is available as a standard configuration, while the torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system (i-VTM4) and Intelligent Traction Management are available as optional. Honda claims that the third-generation Passport has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when it’s equipped with all-wheel drive, but the front-wheel drive model only offers 3,500-pound towing capacity. The current Honda Passport has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 19 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.
There’s no word on release date, but expect the 2020 Honda Passport to arrive at U.S. showrooms around the end of this year. The price tag for the new Passport should not be much different from the current model price, which starts at $31,990 for Sport trims to $43,680 for Elite trim levels. Look for the official pricing details when the car has been officially released to the market. The main rivals for the Passport mid-size SUV include Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and Chevy Blazer.
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