While mid-size SUVs usually feature three rows of seats, there is also a decent number of models in this class with just two rows. Among them, the Passport stands out as one of the best choices, especially after the recent refresh. The recent refresh was a typical mid-cycle update and it has brought a lot of interesting novelties. That’s why we are pretty sure that the next year’s model, the 2023 Honda Passport, will bring no bigger changes.
We expect to see the same design, which has a lot of great things to offer. We love how this Honda rides, whether it’s about the smooth engine or engaging handling. Furthermore, the Passport is great from the inside. It is spacious and comfortable, while the interior quality is pretty impressive. Finally, there is a very long list of standard equipment.
Considering that there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Honda Passport will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Honda Passport Design
Design-wise, the 2023 Honda Passport will carry on without changes. This SUV has been around since 2019 and it has most things in common with Pilot. The two SUVs feature the same wheelbase and most of the mechanics, though the Passport offers a little bit different suspension setup, which makes it more engaging to drive, and even more capable of the road, thanks to 8.1 inches of the ground clearance and the available all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring.
Besides excellent mechanics, this SUV also offers pretty attractive aesthetics. The recent update brought so much needed styling changes and the new model looks bolder, more rugged and way better. Therefore, we don’t believe that the next year’s model could bring any bigger change, though we would exclude the possibility to see things like new color options and similar minor updates.
The inside of this SUV didn’t suffer too much from this update and most things remained the same. That’s not an issue at all, considering that this SUV has always been characterized by pretty impressive interior quality. Don’t be fooled by the lack of flashy tech features and the lack of super-fine materials. The build quality is excellent, just like the attention to detail.
The Passport is rock-solid from the inside, while we also like the amount of space it offers. Both rows of seats accommodate adults with ease, including tall passengers. The front seats are massive and supportive, while the driving position is excellent, which is something we used from Honda.
When it comes to the cargo area, it offers around 41.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 77.7 cubic feet of the total cargo volume, which is pretty good for the segment.
Some novelties may come but we are pretty sure that most of the standard and available equipment will remain the same as in the current model. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless device charging, HD Radio, satellite radio, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, three USB ports, tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and a moonroof. The current list of optional features includes ambient lighting, navigation, a 10-speaker stereo, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.
When it comes to safety, it’s hard to expect any change, considering that the current model comes standard with everything you could imagine. The list of standard safety features includes a rearview camera, parking sensors, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams etc.
2023 Honda Passport Engine
Things under the hood will certainly remain the same. We are about to see the same 3.5-liter V6 engine, which puts out around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty enough for a convenient ride, while the thing that impresses us most is the refinement of this engine. The 9-speed automatic transmission also works great – is shifts smoothly and in time.
The average fuel economy goes around 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the segment. Base models feature front-wheel drive, while Honda’s well-known all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring is available.
2023 Honda Passport Release Date and Price
Since there are no changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Honda Passport will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 38.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe etc.