The upcoming 2020 Honda Passport saw the light of the day at the Los Angeles Auto Show a couple of months ago. Basically, Passport is the smaller version of the Honda Pilot SUV. Unlike Pilot, Passport comes with more ground clearance. Moreover, the Passport will deploy the same platform that underpins the current Pilot model.
That means the all-new SUV will be a front-wheel-drive vehicle. It offers a room for five passengers and it will continue to offer a 3.5-liter V6. A 9-speed automatic transmission is available but the new 10-speed gearbox is speculation. Performance is great which includes great tow rating. Also, the interior will be similar to the Pilot model and cargo area will be generous.
2020 Honda Passport Exterior Colors
Besides the handsome appearance, Honda also offers a wide range of exterior paints. The 2020 Honda Passport will arrive with eight different exterior colors. That includes Steel Sapphire, Black Forest, Obsidian Blue, Lunar Silver, and Crystal Black.
Also, Modern Steel, Deep Scarlet, and White Diamond Pearl are available. Besides that, the Passport SUV comes with numerous darkened features that are standard. LED headlights are blackened, just like the wheels and the front grille. Rear windows are also blacked.
The 2020 Honda Passport comes with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine. This unit is producing up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. No turbocharger, numerous cylinder, and similar stuff. Just a simple V6 engine that is the only powertrain choice. It comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Some speculations are even saying the all-new 2020 Passport could get new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
The same gearbox can be found in the new Odyssey model. However, this is still a rumor at the moment. Front-wheel-drive configuration is standard on this SUV. Off-roading is a possibility as the Passport model sits higher than the Pilot and CR-V models.
2020 Honda Passport Tow Rating
Equip your 2020 Honda Passport with the optional all-wheel-drive setup. The V6 engine provides plenty of power and torque. Thanks to that, a new Passport can tow up to 5,000 pounds. On the other hand, standard FWD configuration manages to tow “only” 3,500 pounds.
Surely, some customers would choose a more economical approach over the acceleration and quickness. However, the 2020 Honda Passport offers only one engine. A powerful V6 that offers great performance and impressive tow rating.
However, the fuel economy rating could’ve been better. Equipping new Passport with an AWD setup provides 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Standard FWD system is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
2020 Honda Passport Price and Release Date
The upcoming 2020 Honda Passport is available in four trim levels. Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Base Sport model starts at $32,000. EX-L trim is priced at $37,000 and Touring trim at $40,000. The range-topping Elite model will start at $45,000.
Arrival date is still a mystery. One thing is certain, the new Passport will hit the dealerships in the second half of 2019. However, the exact release date is not specified.