Pilot’s smaller twin, the 2021 Honda Passport, is coming unchanged for the new season. The company will make a small updates and we need to look at its bigger brother to see if something new is coming for the Passport SUV.
The Japanese carmaker surprised all the experts and enthusiasts with the revival of the old nameplate. Our reliable sources from the company gave us hints about this and we were the first to wrote about the possible comeback. Now, the same sources don’t have any info about the new 2021 Honda Passport.
Pros and Cons
The new 2021 Honda Passport will carry over all the advantages it has now. However, people will get bored and the competition is going to fix their lacks. So, the new SUV will have to figure out something new. Whatsoever, if you are looking for a spacious mid-size model with two rows of seats, then this might be an excellent choice. But, if you need a third row, then look elsewhere. We find this as a good call by designers not to install the cramped seats.
The SUV is also capable of doing some dirty job. If you need to get off the road, there is enough ground clearance and power to get you to the destination. However, prefer to drive it on asphalt. A long list of standard features will cost you significantly higher if you want to want them on other vehicles.
Still, the new SUV has a few downsides which 2021 Honda Passport needs to fix. First, the fuel economy is not so special. Excellent performance is paid with higher consumption. More surprisingly, the base version is more expensive than Pilot. Well, the extra safety gear does cost some extra cash.
2021 Honda Passport Specs
While we can read rumors about Pilot PHEV and hybrid, the 2021 Honda Passport will keep a 3.5-liter V6 engine as the base drivetrain. Even if the company decides to add another unit, we could rather see a four-cylinder with high outputs. But, these are just thoughts collected on some forums and rumors.
The current V6 is ready to produce 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. As said, it makes the SUV one of the most capable models in a two-row segment. Two- and four-wheel drives are options available to buyers. The fuel economy sits at 25/20 for highway/city drive. In case you want better traction, the cost is 1 mile per gallon. Towing capacity is the same as for the Pilot – 5,000 lbs.
Trim Levels, Accessories
We believe the company is not going to change its current offer. Refresh is possible, to keep the 2021 Honda Passport in competition. The base model is available in the Sport trim. The mid-range offer includes EX-L and Touring packages. The first one upgrades the standard offer with leather-trimmed seats and both Android Auto / Apple CarPlay. A power moonroof is another cool addition. We believe that EX-L is a trim worth $5,000. Touring model adds heated seats, navigation, and premium audio. So, what’s left for the 2021 Passport Elite? The top-notch package comes with ventilation for front buckets, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, and wireless charging.
2021 Honda Passport Price
If the company doesn’t add the plug-in hybrid system, which arrives for the new Pilot, the prices will be pretty much the same. We even expect discounts, since the 2021 Honda Passport is not an all-new model anymore. As said, a $32,000 price tag is higher than the Pilot’s base cost. For the EX-L you must spend $5k more, and another 3 grands for Touring. The new Elite model will still be above $40,000. Honda also offers cool Adventure and Urban packages. Depending on a trim level, some of these will already be installed.