Honda Passport

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Honda Passport
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  • 1993–2002
  • 2018[1][2]–present
Body and chassis
Body style5-door SUV

The Honda Passport (Japanese: ホンダ・パスポート, Honda Pasupōto) is a line of sport utility vehicle (SUV) from the Japanese manufacturer Honda. Originally, it is a badge engineered version of the Isuzu Rodeo, a mid-size SUV to be sold between 1993 and 2002. It was introduced in 1993 for the 1994 model year as Honda's first entry into the growing SUV market of the 1990s in the United States. The first and second generation Passport was manufactured by Subaru Isuzu Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana.

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 an SUV, a segment that was growing in popularity in North America as well as Japan during the 1990s. The partnership ended in 2002 with the discontinuation of the Passport in favor of the Honda-engineered Pilot.

In November 2018, Honda announced that the Passport nameplate will return as a two-row mid-size crossover SUV slotted between the CR-V and Pilot. The third-generation Passport was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 27, 2018. It will be built at their factory in Lincoln, Alabama, and will be available for the 2019 model year.[4]

First generation (1993–1997)[edit]

First generation
AssemblyUnited States: Lafayette, Indiana (Subaru Isuzu Automotive)
Body and chassis
LayoutFR layout / F4 layout
RelatedIsuzu Rodeo
Power output
  • 89.5 kW (120 hp; 122 PS) (2.6 L)
  • 130.5–142 kW (175–190 hp; 177–193 PS) (3.2 L)
Wheelbase108.5 in (2,756 mm)
Length176.5 in (4,483 mm)
  • 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • 68.5 in (1,740 mm) (EX)
  • 65.5 in (1,664 mm)
  • 66.3 in (1,684 mm) (EX)

The first generation Passport was offered in three trims, the base model DX, mid-range LX, and upscale EX.[5] DX models had a 5-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) layout and a 2.6 L four-cylinder engine producing 89.5 kW (120 hp; 122 PS).[5][6] LX models could be had with an optional 4-speed automatic transmission, optional four-wheel-drive (4WD) and a 3.2 L V6 engine producing 130.5 kW (175 hp; 177 PS) as standard.[5][6] The upscale EX offered the 3.2 L V6 engine and four-wheel-drive as standard.[5] Some first generation Passports were equipped with a rear axle built by General Motors. Others had a Dana built "Spicer 44" rear axle.

Model year changes[edit]

  • For 1995 MY, the Passport received driver and front passenger airbags. EX trims gained extra equipment.[6]
  • For 1996 MY, the 3.2 L V6 was upgraded from 130.5 kW (175 hp; 177 PS) to 142 kW (190 hp; 193 PS). A shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system became available.[6][7]
  • For 1997 MY, the DX trim was dropped. The 2.6 L engine option was also dropped. All models now had the V6 engine.[6][7]

Second generation (1998–2002)[edit]

Second generation
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Production1997 – March 2002
AssemblyUnited States: Lafayette, Indiana (Subaru Isuzu Automotive)
Body and chassis
LayoutFR layout / F4 layout
Engine3.2 L 6VD1 V6 (gasoline)
Wheelbase106.4 in (2,703 mm)
  • 177.4 in (4,506 mm) (1998–1999)
  • 178.2 in (4,526 mm) (2000–2002)
  • 184.1 in (4,676 mm) (1998–1999 EX)
  • 184.2 in (4,679 mm) (2000–2002 EX)
  • 70.4 in (1,788 mm)
  • 71.1 in (1,806 mm) (2000-2002 EX)
  • 68.5 in (1,740 mm) (1998-1999 EX)
  • 68.8 in (1,748 mm) (2000-2002)

For the second generation model, two trim levels were offered: 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 the 2000 model year included 2-tone exterior colors, and optional 16 in (406 mm) wheels for the LX trim.

In 2010, a recall was issued for affected 1998-2002 Rodeo and Passport for frames with severe rust issues.[8] On September 22, 2010, NHTSA campaign number 10V436000 was issued to recall 149,992 vehicles because of excessive corrosion near the forward bracket for the left or right rear suspension lower link.[9] If the rust damage was severe, Honda bought back the vehicles from their owners.[10] Under U.S. federal regulations, automakers are not required to correct problems on vehicles that are ten or more years old.[11]

Third generation (2019–present)[edit]

Third generation
ProductionDecember 2018[1][2] – present
Model years2019–present
AssemblyUnited States: Lincoln, Alabama (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama)
Body and chassis
LayoutFF layout / F4 layout
RelatedHonda Ridgeline
Engine3.5 L J35Y6 V6 (3,471cc, gasoline)
Wheelbase111.0 in (2,820 mm)
Length190.5 in (4,840 mm)
Width78.6 in (2,000 mm)
Height71.6 in (1,820 mm)

The third generation Passport will be available for the 2019 model year and was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 27, 2018. It is slotted between the CR-V and Pilot and will compete with the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Murano. It will be built at their factory in Lincoln, Alabama.[4][12][13]


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