Specifications of Honda Passport III 3.5 V6 (280 HP) AWD Automatic
General characteristics of Honda Passport III 3.5 V6 (280 HP) AWD Automatic
Classified as a midsize SUV, the Honda Passport is similar in size to competitors such as the Chevrolet Blazer and Subaru Outback, though it seems even larger when viewed in real life. The Passport rolls on a lengthy 111-inch wheelbase, and its total length is 190.5 inches. A width of 78.6 inches, and a height of 71.6 inches give it a lot of presence, which only grows inAWD guise thanks to an extra 0.6 inches of height. In base form, the Passport weighs between 3,959 and 4,149 pounds (RWD/AWD), the EX-L weighs between 4,017 and 4,215 lbs, the Touring comes in at 4,048 and 4,224 lbs. AT the top of the range, the AWD-only Elite tips the scales at 4,237 lbs. Ground clearance is 7.5-inches on RWD cars and a good 8.1 inches on AWD cars. The approach and departure angles on RWD models are 20.6 degrees and 26.8 degrees, respectively, and AWD cars offer an approach and departure angle of 21.4/27.6 degrees.
The reserved exterior design of the 2021 Honda Passport is complemented by an equally mild range of exterior color options. The base model is offered with your choice of five colors, namely Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, and two extra-cost options, Black Copper Pearl and Platinum White Pearl, which go for $395 each. The EX-L, Touring and Elite are offered with Obsidian Blue Pearl and the $395 Deep Scarlet Pearl. The everyday driver will appreciate Lunar Silver Metallic, but if you're a bit more adventurous, go for the Black Copper Pearl.
No one buying a Honda Passport will expect it to stick with a Challenger Hellcat; in fact, most owners will be satisfied with an SUV that can get up to sixty in under ten seconds and comfortably stick to highway cruising speeds. The good news is that the Passport can do both. The entire lineup is powered by a silky smooth, naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. That is more than enough to motivate this SUV and allows for a 0-60 mph sprint time of around six seconds (as fast as a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray).
This robust engine also allows the Passport to haul up to 5,000 pounds of stuff in AWD configuration, while RWD cars get a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The SUV also comes with Honda's Intelligent Traction Management system, which has a snow mode in 2WD vehicles, and snow, sand, and mud modes in AWD cars.
Under the hood of the 2021, Honda Passport hides a tried and trusted 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine that features the company's acclaimed i-VTEC variable valve timing system. This engine develops a healthy 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, which it sends to either the front wheels or all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. The same setup is used in the Pilot, but with its smaller size, the Passport naturally performs better and feels nippy around town. On the highway, it will overtake slow-moving cars with ease. The nine-speed auto was recalibrated last year, but we still find that it can hunt for gears when instant acceleration is required. For those wanting a more hands-on experience, there are manual shifter paddles mounted to the steering column.
Hauling around a big SUV with a large-capacity naturally aspirated V6 engine isn't exactly the perfect recipe for excellent gas mileage, but we were pleasantly surprised by the Honda Passport. According to the EPA, the SUV can get up to 20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined in FWD guise. Sending power to all four wheels sees that number drop to 19/24/21 mpg. With a gas tank size of 19.5 gallons, the Passport should be able to travel as far as 429 mpg before refueling. In our testing of the 2020 AWD model, we managed a combined figure of 19 mpg.
There is enough room within the confines of the Passport's cabin to seat five adult passengers, and its relatively high ride height and large doors make it easy for larger passengers to enter and exit. Once inside, space is abundant. Those in the front get a massive 40.1 inches of headroom (39.5 inches with the sunroof fitted) and 40.9 inches of legroom. In the back, it is just as impressive, and six-footers will find no complaint with the 39.6 inches of legroom. EX-L models and above get ten-way power-adjustability for the driver's seat with two-position memory for both the seats and side mirrors, while the passenger seat is four-way adjustable.