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It seems you can’t go a week without hearing of a new off-road SUV these days. They’re hugely popular, although most buyers will likely never take them off-road. That’s just fine for Honda’s rugged looking 2022 Passport TrailSport. The trim is mostly cosmetic, consisting of a more rectangular grille, new front and rear bumpers, plastic fender flares, orange stitching and badging.
While your off-roading success may vary, with nary a lift kit or skid plate in sight, at least you’ll be comfortable. The Passport has acres of passenger legroom for your jaunts over mountainous fire roads.
Price and Value
The two-row 2022 Honda Passport TrailSport doesn’t come cheap. The MSRP range for the SUV is $39,665-$47,225. Our TrailSport tester topped out at $48,464. The Passport is available in three trim levels, with a suite of standard features that includes a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, a 9-speed automatic transmission and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Some of the major differences in trim levels are noted below.
- EX-L: $39,665
Intelligent traction management
One-touch power moonroof
- TrailSport: $44,265
- Elite: $47,225
Hands-free access power tailgate
Wireless phone charger
Heated and ventilated front seats
The Honda Passport is a decent value, especially in the base EX-L trim. Our TrailSport tester’s $48,464 price felt a little steep, but the abundance of standard safety features and passenger and cargo space help justify it.
Honda’s warranties are standard for the industry but do not include complimentary scheduled maintenance like other manufacturers. The limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles, while the powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles. Honda also includes three years or 36,000 miles of roadside assistance.
Under the hood, the Passport gets the familiar 3.5-liter V6 and 9-speed automatic found in other Hondas. Power is good, and overall the Passport performs well as an on-road family hauler. It is a little top-heavy, but daily drivers aren’t likely to be bothered by its slightly roly-poly demeanor. Unfortunately, there isn’t much the TrailSport trim adds to the Passport’s off-road performance other than grippier, more durable all-terrain tires.
Honda’s ubiquitous 3.5-liter V6 is a good one. The engine produces 280 horsepower and 262-pound feet of torque. It gets up and moves without hesitation and is capable of towing small loads. Power delivery is smooth and predictable, working well with the automatic transmission.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the Passport TrailSport to achieve 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. We experienced slightly higher in our week of combined driving, averaging 24 mpg.
We’re grateful to see a standard 9-speed automatic transmission in the Passport. It shifts without drama as it works with the V6 engine. Honda’s all-wheel drive system in the TrailSport trim comes with Intelligent Traction Management, which provides good grip in wet conditions and loose surfaces.
Acceleration and Handling
The Passport might be low on drama, but it’s quicker than you might expect. Car and Driver tested its sprint to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds. Steering was also a nice surprise — especially given how wide the Passport is — and provides a direct, on center feel. You won’t mistake it for a sports car, but the handling inspires confidence.
Braking performance was predictable and drama free. The brake pedal did feel a little soft but didn’t distract from the driving experience.
Interior Comfort and Convenience
The Passport’s interior space is definitely a selling point. It’s huge. Legroom is abundant, with enough for five adults to sit comfortably. There are cubbies and bins everywhere you could want them, with storage for all the baby wipes, snacks and small bags you can dream up. If you want maximum space without making the jump to a three-row SUV, the Passport is an excellent choice.
The front seats are large and wide, comfortable for a range of body types. They are high-quality leather, with plush cushions. We were disappointed the front seats weren’t ventilated, nor the rear seats heated, given the near $50,000 price tag. The front seat fold-down armrests also were a bit disappointing, given their somewhat narrow cushion and flimsy construction.
The TrailSport’s tri-zone automatic climate control is a nice feature, especially for rear occupants. Back seat occupants are also treated to built-in sunshades, a huge help in keeping the black leather cool on hot days. The cabin cooled quickly on summer days. But make sure eco mode isn’t engaged when you’re using the air conditioner, as it saps a significant amount of power from the engine.
Cargo Space and Cabin Storage
Honda has always done a nice job in providing ample cabin storage, and that tradition carries over here. There are bins and cubbies everywhere, with an especially large center console bin that could hold a small diaper bag. Cargo space is also good, measuring 41 cubic feet behind the rear seat, and 78 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.
The TrailSport comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It works well and is easy to use. The gauge cluster is horizontal, which may take some getting used to. The gear selector buttons on the center console were unique — and a bit tedious to use. They also take up a significant amount of space.
Exterior Appearance and Functionality
There’s no question that the TrailSport trim, coupled with the Honda Performance Development package, sharpens the look of the portly, standard Passport. The front end is bolder and squarer, with revised front and rear bumpers. The smaller wheels and thicker sidewall tires contribute to the more aggressive appearance, as do the fender flares. The Passport TrailSport is available in Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Radiant Red Metallic II, Sonic Gray Pearl and Platinum White Pearl, our tester’s color.
Towing Capacity and Payload
The Passport TrailSport can tow up to 5,000 pounds. While it’s no heavy-duty truck, it can tow a small trailer or boat — respectable for its size.
The TrailSport comes with 18-inch wheels, black painted when equipped with the HPD package. One of the trim’s main calling cards is its aggressive, all-terrain tires. Honda has fitted the TrailSport with 245/60R-18 Firestone Destination LE2 tires. They were relatively quiet on the highway and provided good grip over loose surfaces.
Lights and Turn Signals
LEDs are always appreciated, and in the Passport TrailSport they’re everywhere. LED headlights, taillights, daytime running lights and fog lights are all standard. Automatic on/off is included, as are automatic high beams.
Cameras and Side Mirrors
The Passport TrailSport is surprisingly light on cameras. There is no front view or 360-degree camera, just a backup one. For nearly $50,000, that seems like a misfire. The side mirrors are large and provide clear views down the sides and to the rear of the vehicle. They are heated and have integrated turn signal indicators that are easy to see.
Front and Rear Windshield
The front windshield is absolutely massive in the Passport. It’s easy to see out of, with panoramic views out the front and sides. The other windows are also large and provide excellent visibility from every angle. The front wipers are intermittent and rest on a heated wiper park, keeping them ready to go in Utah’s icy winters.
The Honda Passport is as safe as they come. Between its robust suite of standard safety technology and excellent crash test ratings, the Passport is a solid option for those wanting a safe family hauler.
Honda has included their full suite of Honda sensing safety and driver assistance technology in every Passport, and it’s impressive. A few of the features include:
- Collision mitigation braking system
- Adaptive cruise control
- Blind spot monitoring
- Lane keeping assist system
- Road departure mitigation
For a full list of safety features, visit the Honda website.
Awards and Ratings
The 2022 Honda Passport is the recipient of several awards. Some of these include the 2022 U.S. News Best Cars for Families, the 2021 U.S. News Best Cars for the Money and a place on the 2022 Editor’s Choice list from Car and Driver. It was also given a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The 2022 Honda Passport TrailSport is another solid offering from Honda. It’s all about maximizing space without a third row. The TrailSport designation is largely cosmetic, but we do prefer the more rugged appearance over the standard Passport and therefore recommend the trim. Its no drama driving experience is a selling point, as is the long list of standard safety and driver assistance features. We were a little disappointed by the lack of ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a 360-degree camera — especially given the higher price tag. But overall, if you’re looking for a unique, slightly innocuous offering among midsize two-row crossovers, the 2022 Honda Passport TrailSport is a solid choice.
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Is the Honda Passport TrailSport fun to drive?
We wouldn’t say it’s exciting, but we do appreciate the smooth delivery of its 280 horsepower. It’s totally predictable, which we appreciate in a daily driver.
Is the Honda Passport TrailSport good for families?
Definitely — as long as you don’t have more than three grown children. There’s plenty of space in the rear seat for two kids in car seats, and the cargo storage will be more than enough for most families and their gear.
Is the Honda Passport TrailSport a good off-roader?
Not really. While the TrailSport moniker might make you think you’re getting an off-road ready SUV, it’s a bit of a misnomer. There are no real off-road features to speak of, with the exception of rugged all-terrain tires. The TrailSport will likely do just fine down dirt roads and trails, but anything more than that might pose a risk to drivetrain components.