Passport is a copy of the Isuzu Rodeo, and both are built in Indiana by Isuzu. With no truck production of its own, Honda turned to Isuzu as a quick way to jump into the burgeoning sport utility vehicle market in 1994.
Three years later, Honda introduced its hybrid CR-V, which currently outsells Passport by nearly five-to-one. There is considerable speculation that Honda will drop the truck-based Passport in a year or two and build a new SUV based on its very popular Odyssey minivan platform.
All versions of the Passport seat five with two front buckets and a three-place 60/40 split-bench seat in the rear that folds for additional cargo room. Leather is standard on the EX and new EX-L models.
The new EX-L model wears two-tone paint, color-keyed side moldings and fender flares. All versions have new grilles and front and rear fascias. On the EX and EX-L, the spare tire moves from the tailgate to a new storage spot under the vehicle. It remains on the tailgate on the base LX. All models come in four-door styling with a tailgate that swings open to the left. The rear window swings up separately.
Under the Hood
A 205-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 teams with either manual or automatic transmissions and either 2WD or 4WD.