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Honda has joined automakers like Chevrolet and Ford in trading on a bit of nostalgia — while the U.S. automakers brought back the Blazer SUV and Ranger pickup truck, respectively, Honda decided to resurrect the Passport name. Unlike the Passport of old, which was discontinued in 2002, this new Passport isn’t another Isuzu clone but is instead based on Honda’s own Pilot SUV.

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Cars.com reviewer Brian Wong had a chance to drive the Passport on- and off-road in a variety of settings, and he came away quite impressed with the two-row SUV, particularly in light off-roading applications.

“For an SUV on a unibody platform, the Passport is mostly quite capable off-road,” according to Wong. “The all-wheel drive is robust, a true torque-vectoring system that can shift torque between the left and right rear wheels rather than using the vehicle’s brakes to do it, as do most competitors. You can even see it working in real-time via a graphic in the instrument panel. It’s the same system (no surprise) that I found impressive under the Pilot.

“The AWD also comes with a few drive modes, including Snow, Mud and Sand. Each changes the throttle response, torque bias and how the torque is split between the rear wheels. For example, Snow mode locks out 1st gear and softens the throttle for gentler launches on the slippery stuff. I tested the Passport in all three aforementioned conditions, and it handled them all very well. Power moves quickly where it needs to go, and the added throttle responsiveness pays dividends.”

For Wong’s full review of the 2019 Honda Passport — which placed third among our most popular reviews this week — follow the link below.

2019 Honda Passport

For those who prefer moving pictures and sounds to the written word, our video of our time in the new BMW 3 Series is the most popular video once again. Meanwhile, our video showing off the $420,000 Rolls-Royce Cullinan drops one spot to No. 3, but remains on the list, as does our drag-strip experience with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, at No. 5. A preview of our first chance behind the wheel of the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a first-timer at No. 2 among this week’s most-watched videos, and our week with the Tesla Model X makes a return after a brief hiatus at No. 4.

Check out the top five reviews and videos of the week below.

Top 5 Reviews

1. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review: A Mixed Bag of Big Improvements

2. 2019 Toyota RAV4 Review: Delivers More, Costs More

3. 2019 Honda Passport Review: Shorter Brother Improves on Pilot

4. 2019 Ram 1500 Review: Top Luxury or Work, But Not Both

5. 2019 Hyundai Elantra Review: Pleasant, Poised and Primed to Take on Rivals

Top 5 Videos

1. Driving the 2019 and 2020 BMW 3 Series

2. 2020 Jeep Gladiator: A Ride on the Wild Side

3. 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: Review

4. Our Week in the Tesla Model X

5. 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye: Drag-Strip Tested

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