2020 Honda Passport Review

The 2020 Honda Passport is technically in its third generation.  But Honda gave it a 17-year hiatus.  And they just reintroduced it in 2019.  So, if it looks totally new to you… well, that would be why. :0)

And speaking of looks, the midsize crossover SUV isn’t just a pretty (rugged) face.  Because Honda made this sport-ute with old school intentions.  Yep, a crossover SUV that’s actually intended for something other than grocery-getting and family-hauling.  Although it’s more than capable of those tasks too.

2020 Honda Passport Top-3 Things:

  1. Interior
  2. Safety tech
  3. The Drive

My friends at Rock Honda, near Los Angeles, gave me a 2020 Passport for a day and this complete report.

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2020 Honda Passport front

Bold grill and LED foglights

2020 Honda Passport Midsize Crossover SUV

So with the addition of Passport to Honda’s crossover SUV lineup that brings the carmaker to four total.  And being a midsize vehicle, it slots between the compact CR-V and full-size Pilot.

2020 Honda Crossover SUV Lineup:

  • Pilot – full-size
  • Passport – midsize
  • CR-V – compact
  • HR-V – subcompact

Even though Pilot can also be classified as a midsize, I prefer to call it full-size for Honda’s line-up.  Because it makes the lineup easier to understand overall.  And Pilot offers three rows of seating.

Trim Levels And Prices

So for 2020 Passport is offered in four different trim level configurations.

2020 Honda Passport Trims & MSRPs:

  • Sport $31,990
  • EX-L $36,410
  • Touring $39,280
  • Elite $43,780

While the above references Honda’s suggested starting retail pricing, you need to get your Passport equipped to your liking that that will impact the price.

And my recommendation is that you go to Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because there’s one of the biggest Honda dealers on the planet, I know the team there and trust them.  :0)

2020 Honda Passport shifter buttons

Push-button shifting

Also, all-wheel-drive comes standard on the Elite trim.  And it’s available on Sport, EX-L, and Touring.  So, if you don’t get all-wheel drive your Passport will be front-wheel drive.

Engine, Transmissions, And MPG

Honda equips all trim levels of the 2020 Passport with the same engine and transmission.  It’s quick, powerful and has a surprisingly (cool) throaty sound when accelerating.

So the engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

20-inch split-spoke alloy wheel

Standard 20-inch alloy wheels

And the transmission is a responsive 9-speed automatic.  Plus that trans impressively comes with paddle shifters across all trim levels as well.

Since the Passport has the same engine and transmission the outlying factor when it comes to fuel economy is 2WD or AWD.

2020 Honda Passport MPG:

  • 2WD 20/22/25
  • AWD 19/21/24

*City / Combined / Highway

Additionally, the 2WD or AWD factor also impacts the curb weight of the Passport.  So the 2WD version comes in between 3,959 and 4,048 pounds.  While the AWD Passport curb weight, depending on your trim level will be 4,149 to 4,237 lbs.

And speaking of weight, the 2020 Passport’s towing capacities are 3,500 and 5,000 lbs. respectively for 2WD and AWD.

What Does A 2020 Honda Passport Look Like?

The 2020 Honda Passport looks like a significantly beefed-up CR-V.  And that makes sense because CR-V is one step smaller than Passport.

2020 Honda Passport driver profile2

111.0-inch wheelbase

But it also looks like a slightly smaller and more rugged Pilot.  And that too makes sense because the Pilot is one step larger than Passport.

2020 Honda Passport Exterior colors:

  • Platinum white pearl
  • Deep scarlet pearl
  • Lunar silver metallic
  • Modern steel metallic
  • Black copper pearl
  • Black forest pearl
  • Crystal black pearl
  • Obsidian blue pearl

*All colors may not be available on all trims

2020 Honda Passport driver headlight 2

Standard LED headlights

And whether you’re driving on or off-road standard LED headlights, foglight and taillights assure you can see well and be seen just as well.

2020 Honda Passport driver taillight 2

LED taillights standard

Regardless of the trim option, Honda offers a bunch of accessories to enhance both performance and appearance.  And a roof rack and rails are at the top of the list.

2020 Honda Passport passenger rear

Height 71.6 to 72.2-inches

So here are the key exterior measurements the 2020 Honda Passport.

 Exterior Measurements:

  • Wheelbase 111.0
  • Length 190.5
  • Height:
    • 2WD 71.6
    • AWD 72.2
  • Width 78.6
  • Track:
    • 2WD Front & rear 67.0
    • AWD Front & rear 66.7
  • Ground clearance:
    • 2WD 7.5
    • AWD 8.1

*All inches

What Does Inside Of The 2020 Honda Passport Look Like?

So Honda’s are typically known for great outward visibility and Passport’s interior definitely delivers that.  There’s plenty of natural light through big comfortable windows.

Test driving the 2020 Honda Passport delivered a mixed bag of emotions for me personally.  That’s because I was very impressed by the drive and especially the interior.

2020 Honda Passport front seats and dash from backseat

Impressively appointed interior

And here’s why it was mixed.  One of my current personal vehicles is a luxury midsized crossover SUV.  While I’m not going to state the brand but I will say this.

The Passport’s interior is more comfortable, spacious and overall just nicer.

Even the leather felt more supple than in my vehicle that cost about 33% than a Passport!

Passport backseat

39.6-inches backseat legroom

Plus, the Passport that I test drove wasn’t even the top-of-the-line Elite.  It was the Touring which is one step-down!

So, suffice to say that the Passport’s interior punches above its purchase price.  And not only the quality of the Passport’s interior is impressive but also the overall amount of space and the design of it.

backseat climate control and ports

Tri-zone climate control

Plus, you can get plenty of ports throughout the vehicle, tri-zone climate control and heated backseats.  (Features also missing from my luxury brand crossover SUV!)

Interior Measurements:

  • Headroom:
    • Front 39.5 to 40.1
    • Rear 40.0 to 40.1
  • Legroom:
    • Front 40.9
    • Rear 39.6
  • Shoulder room:
    • Front 62.0
    • Rear 61.9
  • Hiproom:
    • Front 59.1
    • Rear 57.3

*All inches

Additionally, cargo space plays a key role inside the Passport.  Because there’s not only plenty of it.  But it too is well designed.

cargo space w. back seat partially down

Up to 100.8 cu-ft of cargo space

So, the 2020 Passport delivers up to 50.5 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the backseats.  And when you fold those backseats down you can achieve up to 100.8 cu-ft of cargo space.

Hidden under-cargo-area storage

Hidden under-cargo-area storage

But my favorite bit of storage space on the 2020 Passport is the hidden space.  Because it’s under the floor of the cargo area it’s completely out of view.  And that’s exactly what you need to keep prying eyes of thieves looking for targets.

Infotainment And Technology

The 2020 Honda Passport comes loaded with infotainment technology.

But my suggestion is to go with the EX-L trim or higher if you want Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the 8-inch touchscreen.

2020 Honda Passport center stack

Available 8-inch touchscreen

So, the higher the trim level you go with the more connectivity and power ports you get throughout the vehicle.  Also, wi-fi hotspot availability is on both the Touring or Elite trims.  And when you go with Elite you also get ventilated from seats and wireless smartphone charging.

Driver Assistance Technology And Safety

The 2020 Honda Passport gets top marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Because all trim levels receive NHTSA’s  5-star overall rating.

instrument cluster

Honda Sensing features standard

And in addition to that Honda puts additional safety concerns to ease by including it’s Honda Sensing suite of features.

 Honda Sensing:

  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist

Plus there are additional features including auto high-beam headlights and, on all trims except the Sport, blind spot information with cross-traffic monitoring.

2020 Honda Passport Top-3 Things

So, it really wasn’t easy to pick only three for the Top-3 Things I like about the 2020 Honda Passport.

But to bring this review home here’s the unpacked version of my Top-3.

  1. Interior – Great quality, design and space for people and stuff.  My midsize luxury SUV doesn’t compare and it’s only two years old.
  2. Safety tech – Honda Sensing comes across the board and besides Honda Sensing NHTSA’s 5-star overall rating is a big factor as well.
  3. The Drive – It’s powerful.  The 9-speed is well geared.  Paddle shifters are fun.  It handles like a smaller vehicle and it even sounds cool!
2020 Honda Passport rear

Available hands-free power tailgate

Thanks again to my friends at Rock Honda in Southern California’s Inland Empire.  That’s my go-to Honda store for buying, leasing, accessorizing, servicing and reviews like this one.