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1995.5 Honda Passport

Available in 5 styles:  2000 Honda Passport 4dr 4x4 shown
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Honda's Indiana-built 1995 1/2 Passport may have been upstaged last month by the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, but it marks the Japanese automaker's continuing dedication to the sport/utility vehicle market.

Manufactured at Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc.'s plant near Lafayette, the vehicle has been redesigned.

"I expect we will see the first one in about late June," said Mike Baker, assistant sales manager for Dan Young Honda. "With the Passport, it's hard to predict when they will come in."

The redesign involves a bit of bodywork and a lot of interior features meant to make the vehicle more user-friendly. In response to consumer requests, it's now available in rear-wheel-drive EX form.

That makes five Passport versions featuring four-cylinder and V6 engines; rear-wheel and four-wheel drive; and varied trim and equipment.

The model designations are DX, LX and EX, with the DX an entry-level vehicle with a four-cylinder motor and rear drive only. The LX and EX offer rear- and four-wheel drive plus a V6.

The rising popularity of sport/utility vehicles led Honda to offer an upgraded vehicle with more convenience. From the outside, not a lot has changed.

Exterior modifications consist of a redesigned front bumper and air dam. Overall specifications from the 1995 Passport remain the same.

The interior is a different story. Audio components, switches and gauges have been repositioned for improved ergonomics and appearance.

To make the controls more accessible, the lights and windshield-wiper controls are mounted on stalks, along with the cruise control. The location is right under the wheel.

The Passport obviously isn't a drag-racing machine, but both the speedometer and the tachometer have been enlarged for better visibility.

The traditional Honda four-spoke steering wheel also is new. And a power door-lock switch has been added to the power window controls.

Switches for an upgraded six-speaker stereo system have been relocated to the top center of the instrument panel, with bigger buttons. To take full advantage of the sound system, the rear speakers have been moved from the wheel wells to the ceiling. This permits a fuller stereo sound and more usable storage space.

Honda's engineers also added additional speakers to the front door panels for improved sound quality.

Temperature control is one of the most important facets of a vehicle's cabin, so heater and air- conditioning switches are directly below the stereo for easier use.

The LX and EX models share unique, upgraded upholstery fabrics and have new door- panel inserts. Both have dual vanity mirrors, a center-console beverage holder and a 60/40 fold-down rear seat back.

The entry-level DX has front bucket seats but retains its one-piece folding rear bench seat.

The 2.6-liter in-line four engine has 8 valves and is rated at 120 horsepower and 150 foot-pounds of torque. It's a good little engine, but only comes with a five-speed manual transmission. In the DX, you do yo ur own shifting.

In addition, the DX's towing capacity is only 2,000 pounds. So if you need to do some heavy hauling, the 3.2-liter, 175-horsepower V6 is the best choice. It's rated at 175 horsepower and 188 foot-pounds of torque and raises the towing capacity to 4,500 pounds. It's available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

For off-road buffs, the 4WD LX or EX with optional 16-inch wheels and tires is the vehicle of choice. The standard wheels are 15 inches, but when you go to the larger alloy wheels the package includes flared wheel-well moldings, splash guards and 245/70 R16 tires.

A fuel-tank skid plate is standard on all models, with the added protection of a front skid plate under the radiator on the LX and EX. For really rough use, the 4WD vehicles have an additional skid plate under the center four-wheel-drive transfer case.

Interestingly enough,Baker says the 4WD models are favored most.

1995 Honda Passport LX Mode l year: 199 5-1/2.Base price: Not available.Type: Front engine, rear-wheel drive, five-passenger, sport/utility vehicle.Engine: 3.2-liters, SOHC V-6, 24 valves, fuel injected, 175-horsepower, 188 foot-pounds of torque.Transmission: Four- speed automatic.Mileage: 16 mpg city/19 mpg highway.Wheelbase: 108.5 inches.Length: 176.5.Width: 66.5 inches.Height: 65.5 inches.Curb weight: 3,823 pounds.Towing capacity: 4,500 pounds.Options: Air conditioning, four-speed automatic, power mirrors, rear washer, 16-inch alloy wheels/tires.


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