The market of mid-size two-row SUVs isn’t as crowded and compact or three-row segments, but there are several well-design and highly desirable models. Among them, one of the leading positions belongs to Honda Passports, a nameplate that has been renewed three years ago. Considering Honda’s usual policy in terms of mid-cycle refreshes, it looks like the 2022 Honda Passport will carry on without more important changes. Moreover, most of the things are about to remain untouched, though we expect to see a couple of tweaks in terms of new standard features.
All this means that you may count on a familiar layout, which has a lot of great things to offer. This SUV offers a spacious and comfortable cabin, along with a decent list of standard and available features. Furthermore, we like its powerful V6 engine, which comes in a combination with well-balanced handling. Since there are no bigger changes to come, we presume that the 2022 Honda Passport will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2022 Honda Passport Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, we can write a lot about this model but we’ll keep things short. The initial model came less than three years ago and it offers a shorter, two-row iteration of the more famous Pilot three-row crossover. However, it features many other modifications, which make it better to drive and more refined in general. We particularly like the handling on this SUV, while the suspension setup is pretty balanced as well.
Visually, you may count on the typical Honda styling philosophy. Compared to the Pilot, the grille is blacked, while the bumper is slightly different. That’s where differences end, at least at the front. The rear end is a different story and comes with several exclusive details. For the next year, we don’t expect changes, so the best we can get from the Japanese manufacturer are new color options, but even that doesn’t sound particularly likely.
On the inside, the Passport offers a handsome and well-made cabin, which is pretty functional in every aspect. The materials are nice, which the build quality is very good. At the same time, the dashboard looks quite attractive, especially to those who have got used to Honda’s typically conservative approach.
Besides handsome design, this cabin has another, more important goody. It is very spacious. Both rows are very generous with space, while we also like the front seats, which are pretty supportive. The driving position is very good, while visibility is great in all directions. When it comes to the cargo area, keep in mind that seats slide, so the max volume can vary. In numbers, you may count on 41.2 to 50.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 77.9 to 100.8 cubic feet behind the front seats. That’s impressive for the class and even better compared to many three-row mid-size SUVs.
Honda usually isn’t particularly generous when it comes to yearly updates, so we doubt that many things will change in terms of standard equipment. The current model comes standard with 3-zone climate control, keyless entry, an 8-inch touch screen, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We presume the 2022 Honda Passport will continue in the same way.
The same thing goes for optional features. The current list includes goodies like navigation, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two additional USB ports, wireless device charging, and a 115-volt household-style power outlet and most of them will remain optional.
When it comes to safety, the current model comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a road departure mitigation system. So, we doubt that the next year could bring more important additions.
2022 Honda Passport Engine
Under the hood, the 2022 Honda Passport will definitely continue in the same way. You may count on a good-old 3.5-liter V6, which puts out around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission and delivers pretty nice performances. We also like that there are different drive modes, depending on which type of traction you need.
When it comes to fuel economy, you get 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Those are quite typical ratings for the class.
2022 Honda Passport Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come for the next year, we presume that the 2022 Honda Passport will hit the market sometime late in the year. The price should remain pretty much the same, which means that base models would go around 33.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe etc.