The Honda Passport SUV, a shortened, two-row version of the Honda Pilot, was introduced for model year 2019 and revised from the windshield forward for 2022. The refreshed five-passenger Passport sports a new upright grille, sculpted hood, reworked front fenders, and an aggressive rear bumper resulting in a sportier, more athletic-looking midsize SUV that Honda asserts is more adventure-ready than ever before.
And with that focus on ruggedness and off-road capability comes a brand-new trim for 2022 called the TrailSport. The Passport is the first Honda SUV to get the TrailSport treatment, though it may yet spread to the smaller CR-V and larger Pilot in the future. So, how much will this new Trailsport—and new Passport in general—cost?
The 2022 Honda Passport starts at $39,095, quite a jump from the 2021 Honda Passport, which started at $34,015. Beyond the general notion that everything is just getting more expensive, there is a (valid) reason for the $5,080 price jump for the starting MSRP. We’ll explain.
Bye-bye Sport Trim: EX-L is the New Entry-Level
Last year’s base trim, dubbed Sport, has been cut for 2022, as was the upscale Touring trim. (The 2021 Honda Passport was available in four trims: $34,015 Sport, $38,035 EX-L, $40,905 Touring, and $45,405 Elite.) The off-road oriented TrailSport trim was added in the Touring’s place, essentially. Eliminating the former base trim leaves behind a higher-end entry-point trim for 2022: That formerly midgrade EX-L spec.
The 2022 Honda Passport is available in only three trims: That EX-L ($39,095), the new TrailSport ($43,695), and the carryover Elite ($46,665). The TrailSport and Elite come exclusively with all-wheel drive, while the EX-L gets front-wheel drive standard and offers AWD for an additional $2,100, which would bring an EX-L so equipped to $41,195.
The revised EX-L comes with a plethora of standard equipment, including the whole suite of Honda Sensing assistive technologies, leather-trimmed power adjustable heated front seats, high-contrast stitching inside, a one-touch power moonroof, 20-inch pewter gray aluminum wheels, power tailgate with remote, 8.0-inch display, Apple CarPlay, wireless smartphone charging, and front and rear parking sensors. Also now standard is a rear seat reminder and rear seatbelt reminder.
The Passport Elite has 20-inch wheels with gloss black inserts, rain-sensing windshield wipers, hands-free access power tailgate, 540W audio system with 10 speakers, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, second-row controls for the climate control system, white ambient LED lighting, front row courtesy door lights, and a heated steering wheel.
TrailSport Trim: An Aesthete, Not an Athlete
The initial iteration of the TrailSport trim represents a somewhat underwhelming array of visual upgrades rather than any substantive off-road upgrades. Those include 18-inch wheels wrapped in “rugged” 245/60R18 tires, a unique grille, aggressive bumpers with skid plate designs, roof rails, LED fog lights, orange TrailSport badges, other gloss black badges, orange contrast stitching inside, amber interior lighting, rubber floor mats, TrailSport embroidered logos on the headrests, gloss-black power-folding mirrors, and a heated windshield wiper “parking area.”
The full-blown Passport TrailSport vision, as previewed by the Rugged Roads Project 2.0 concept, hints at some more substantial off-road upgrades that would catapult the TrailSport closer to competition like the Subaru Outback Wilderness: improved ground clearance, beefier all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, underbody armor, skid plates, recovery hooks, adjustments to the all-wheel-drive system, and unique off-road-oriented suspension tuning. While we appreciate the “rugged styling” of the Passport TrailSport, seeing the concept and other raced-out Passports makes us yearn for more, now.
Alas, as for now, the 2022 Passport TrailSport gets the same 8.1 inches of ground clearance as the other AWD Passports, the same approach and departure angles, the same suspension, the same tiny spare tire, the same 280-hp, 262-lb-ft 3.5-liter V-6 and nine-speed automatic…the same everything, basically, including fuel economy (19/24/21). Okay, we won’t complain about the last one.
The 2022 Honda Passport is expected to arrive in dealerships this winter.
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