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Reliable midsize family SUV

Price From $42,445- To $47,905

by | May 17, 2023


The first ever Honda Passport came into the market three decades ago, back in 1993, in partnership with Isuzu Motors. When the partnership came to a halt in 2002, the production of Passport also stopped. Honda brought it back in 2019, unveiling the third generation of this midsize SUV.

In this 2023 Honda Passport review, we will deep dive into its list of standard offerings, engine, performance, comfort, safety, market pricing, and more, so you can evaluate if this is a good fit for your requirements.

The interior is spacious enough for both front and rear seat passengers
The only available V6 engine is powerful but at the same time provide some sort of fuel efficiency
Even the entry-level models come packed with loads of standard safety and driver-assist features
The cargo area is capacious
While the base models do get a long list of standard features, the best infotainment options are reserved for the higher trims
Not meant for serious off-roading, despite its rugged image
Driving the SUV feels plain with almost no thrill

Performance, Engine, and Comfort

The newest iteration of Honda Passport is a good family SUV, thanks to its reliable engine, spacious interior, pleasant ride quality, and the efficient yet powerful engine. You can expect a comfortable ride even when the roads are a little jittery, but don’t mistake this vehicle as a serious off-roader—it doesn’t have what it takes to be one.

Engine & Performance


Passport is powered by a powerful engine, offers not particularly remarkable but reliable performance, and the cabin is comfortable. It’s an underrated competitor in the midsize SUV segment that doesn’t attract a lot of attention because of its lack of stylish flair, but we must admit, the vehicle has very little to complain about.


2023 Honda Passport is powered by a 24-valve V6 engine which generates an output of 280 hp.


The engine is paired with a 9-speed shiftable automatic transmission.


It comes with front struts and multilink rear suspension. Four-wheel independent suspension is standard in this lineup, and so is the front and rear stabilizer bar.


The vehicle is equipped with electric power steering with tilt and telescopic mechanism. It has controls for transmission, audio and cruise control located on the steering wheel for easy access.

Safety & Reliability


2023 Honda Passport has received a reliability rating of 85/100 from JD Power. IIHS evaluated it as overall ‘Good’, and NHTSA gave it a 5-star safety rating. There are multiple standard safety and driver-assist features available, even for the entry-level model.


It has 12.6-inch ventilated front disc brakes and 13-inch solid rear disc brakes.


Airbags are designed to offer protection from injury when the vehicle is in a collision. Honda Passport offers dual front side-mount airbags and head airbags for front and rear seats as part of the standard package.


Standard electronic features are blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, stability control, 4-wheel ABS, emergency braking, anti-theft alarm, child seat anchors, child safety locks for rear doors, and tire pressure monitoring, to mention a few.


The SUV has dusk sensing headlamps, daytime running lights, and LED headlamp as part of the standard suite of features.

Traction control

This is an essential feature that prevents loss of traction or slippage and ensures a good grip when you’re driving through slippery road conditions. Traction control is available as a standard feature in this lineup.

Fuel Economy


Midsize SUVs are not as efficient as crossovers or compact SUVs, but modern-day midsize models are trying their best to catch up. Honda Passport’s fuel economy is not exactly amazing, but it’s good enough. Some form of electrification would have made the deal even sweeter.

Engine size

Honda Passport continues to have the same engine as the previous year—a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine generating 280 hp @ 6000 rpm and torque of 262 pound-feet @ 4700 rpm.

Gas per mileage consumption

The fuel economy numbers are expected to be 19 mpg/24 mpg city/highway.



Now coming to the interior, if you’re looking for something visually stunning, you are bound to be disappointed. Here Honda doesn’t prioritize design, rather focuses on practicality and comfort. With a capacity of 5, Passport is spacious, there is ample cargo space, and the interior material is premium.


The front seats are covered with leather upholstery. You get a legroom of 40.9 inches, bucket seats, 8-way power adjusted and height adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, 4-way power adjusted passenger’s seat, and multi-level heating. The rear seats are also roomy enough, with a legroom of 39.6 inches.


As we were saying earlier, the design isn’t anything out of the world. It’s basic, but it’s also functional. As for the exterior, the styling seems to be outdated, more so when you look at competitors offering stylish midsize SUVs in the same price range.


The infotainment system isn’t as savvy as we had expected it to be—this one is average at best. You get a standard 8-inch display unit, Bluetooth connectivity, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Features like wifi hotspot and advanced audio system are not available for the base model.

Overall height and space

This midsize SUV is 189.1 inches long, 78.6 inches wide, and has a height of 72.2 inches. The wheelbase is 111 inches, with the total interior volume being 156.1 cubic feet.

Trunk space

When all the seats are upright, Honda Passport has a cargo capacity of 41.2 cubic feet, which is spacious enough. The trunk space can be maxed out to 77.7 cubic feet, if you fold down the rear seats.

Price and Extras

Honda has kept competitive pricing, precisely because the midsize segment is full of high-quality models that are all fighting to get the buyer’s attention. Honda doesn’t have anything extra to offer in terms of engine, performance, or comfort, so it makes the trim levels more or less within an affordable range. Considering the safety features and reliability of the vehicle, we would say it justifies the price tag, although some areas need improvement. 

Market Price

The 2023 Honda Passport is available in 3 trim levels—EX-L, TrailSport, and Elite. While all of them are equipped with top-class features, if you have to pick one, you can very well be satisfied with the entry-level trim. It’s rare for automakers to include the most desirable tech features in the base trim, and since Honda is doing it for this lineup, it’s a great choice. From leather-clad seats, sunroof, to standard all-wheel drive, you get everything you expect, and more.

Trim Level Base Price 
EX-L $42,445
TrailSport $44,945
Elite $47,905


All-wheel drive is available as standard across all trim levels, including the entry level one.


Honda offers limited warranty coverage of 3 years or 36,000 miles, powertrain warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles, rust warranty of 5 years or unlimited mileage,along with roadside assistance of 3 years or 36,000 miles. You will also get complimentary maintenance for the first 2 years of purchase or for 24,000 miles.


Passport has a massive towing capacity. When equipped properly, it can tow as much as 5000 pounds.


Designed for small to medium-size families, the 2023 Honda Passport is reliable, comfortable, and affordable. It is a well-rounded midsize SUV that offers a comfortable ride, ample interior space, and solid performance. Its rugged exterior design makes it a good choice for adventure seekers, while its advanced safety features and practical interior make it an ideal family vehicle. Its fuel efficiency and reliability also make it an excellent value for its price point. While some may find the infotainment system to be a bit outdated and the lack of hardcore off-roading ability can be a turn-off, overall, the Honda Passport is a strong contender in the midsize SUV market. If you’re in the market for a versatile SUV, the Honda Passport is definitely worth considering.