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.
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