Honda Passport

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Honda Passport
00-02 Honda Passport.jpg
Manufacturer Subaru Isuzu Automotive
Production 1993–2002
Assembly Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Successor Honda Pilot

The Honda Passport is a badge engineered version of the Isuzu Rodeo released in 1993 and sold by Honda in the United States as their first entry into the growing SUV market of the 1990s. However, it was made in Lafayette, Indiana by Subaru Isuzu Automotive, Inc.[1]

The Passport was a part of a partnership between Isuzu and Honda in the 1990s, which saw an exchange of passenger vehicles from Honda to Isuzu, such as the Isuzu Oasis, and trucks from Isuzu to Honda, such as the Passport and Acura SLX. This arrangement was convenient for both companies, as Isuzu discontinued passenger car production in 1993 after a corporate restructuring, and Honda was in desperate need of sport utility vehicles, a segment that was growing in popularity in North America as well as Japan during the 1990s. Honda's capability to develop their own sport utility vehicles such as the Honda CR-V and Acura MDX as well as General Motors' increasing influence over Isuzu would lead to the conclusion of the partnership in 2002 with the discontinuation of the Passport in favor of the Honda-engineered Pilot.[citation needed]

First generation[edit]

The first generation model offered both 2.6L I4 and 3.2L V6 engines while the second generation Passport kept the V6, but dropped the smaller engine. Though a capable powerplant, the I4 engine wasn't powerful enough for the Passport, while the V6 was upgraded to allow it to go from producing 175 hp to 205 hp.

First generation
Production 1993–1997
Chassis C_58E C_58V C_58W
Body and chassis
Related Isuzu Rodeo
Engine 2.6L 120 hp (89 kW) I4
3.2L 175 hp (130 kW) V6
Wheelbase 108.5 in (2,756 mm)
Length 176.5 in (4,483 mm)
Width 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
68.5 in (1,740 mm) (EX)
Height 65.5 in (1,664 mm)
66.3 in (1,684 mm) (EX)

Second generation (1997-2002)[edit]

Second generation
1998-1999 Honda Passport -- 03-30-2012.JPG
Production 1997–March 2002
Chassis _M58W CK58W
Body and chassis
Related Isuzu Rodeo
Isuzu Axiom
Engine 3.2L 205 hp (153 kW) V6
Length 178.2 in (2000-02)
177.4 in (4,506 mm) (1998-99)
184.1 in (4,676 mm) (1998-99 EX)
184.2 in (4,679 mm) (2000-02 EX)
Width 70.4 in (1,788 mm)
71.1 in (1,806 mm) (2000-02 EX)
Height 68.5 in (1,740 mm) (1998-99 LX)
68.8 in (1,748 mm) (2000-02)
Honda Passport frame rust

For the second generation (1998–2002) two trim levels were produced [LX] and upscale [EX], "EX" had the spare tire below the cargo area, and "LX" mounted in a swing carrier at rear. Minor changes for 2000 model included 2-tone exterior colors, and 16" wheels optional for "LX".

Some first generation were equipped with a rear axle built by General Motors. Others had a Dana built "Spicer 44" rear axle.

In 2010, A recall was issued for affected 1998-2002 Isuzu Rodeo and Honda Passport for frames with severe rust issues. NHTSA Campaign ID number: 10V436000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Truett, Richard Truett (October 21, 1993). "Expert Reviews: 1993 Isuzu Rodeo". Orlando Sentinel. 

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