2023 Honda Passport: A Trim Comparison
While the 2023 Honda Passport may be one of the newest entries into the segment, it already rises near the top of the crowded pack of mid-size crossovers. Previously, the Passport was essentially a rebadged Isuzu body-on-frame SUV from 1993-2002. Now, in 2023, Honda brought back a completely redesigned crossover that fits snugly between the CR-V and the Pilot.
Honda Passport Trims
You might mistake the new Passport for a Pilot from the front. Head around back, and you’ll notice the lack of a third row. The blacked-out grille of the Passport differentiates it from the rest of the vehicles in the Honda lineup, many of which feature a substantial chrome “belt” above the headlights. And with four trims to choose from, there’s a Honda Passport for both off-roaders and urbanites.
All versions of the 2023 Honda Passport come with a 3.5L V6 engine capable of 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. All wheel drive comes standard with this trim, something that can’t be said for competitors. While the Honda Passport EX-L is the least expensive option, we wouldn’t necessarily call it the “base” trim. Since it has a more rugged focus, it lacks many of the comfort and convenience features of the other trim levels.
So what does it have? The Honda Passport Sport comes with Intelligent Traction Mangement and the Honda Sensing system. This combines a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. That’s impressive for this least-expensive trim. Additionally, there is a push-button start and a remote engine start. The entire vehicle sits on 20-inch alloy wheels, and there’s an innovative cargo area underfloor storage compartment in the rear.
Newly standard is an 8-inch touch display infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other standard features are tri-zone climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, proximity keyless entry, remote start, Bluetooth, wireless device charging, and USB ports. A moonroof, leather upholstery and heated seats are standard as well. This trim is available in FWD or AWD.
The EX-L trim starts at $41,100.
Right off the bat, the new 2023 Honda Passport TrailSport stands out from previous trims thanks to its roof rails, rubberized floor mats and orange accent stitching in the seats. Furthermore, the infotainment system has satellite-linked navigation that features 3-D renderings of terrain, buildings, and road signs. There is also ambient lighting and rear sunshades. Finally, the Passport Touring has a 120-volt household-style power outlet.
That’s quite a lot of features, but it’s also quite a lot of money. With a starting MSRP of $43,600, this AWD trim is for those who love roaming the outdoors in style.
The top-of-the-line 2023 Honda Passport Elite has all the creature comforts a driver could want. Seating is upgraded in the front to be both heated and ventilated. The interior is also greatly updated thanks to a premium audio system with 10 speakers and rear heated seats. Even the steering wheel is heated at this trim level. On top of this, you’ll get a Wi-Fi hotspot and hands-free power liftgate.
The Passport Elite starts at $46,560 and comes standard with all-wheel-drive.
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