The Honda Passport Is Back and Better than Ever with These 2022 Updates

November 12th, 2021 by

Now at your Atlanta Honda dealer, a grey 2022 Honda Passport Trailsport is shown off-roading in the desert.

The Honda Passport disappeared for a while after 2002, but it returned to the spotlight here at your Atlanta Honda dealer in 2019. At first, there was some doubt. Why bring back the Passport when you have the perfectly good Honda Pilot? Is the Passport trying to be the Ridgeline, only an SUV version? And furthermore, is this going to last?

These are the types of questions that time alone can resolve, and now, as we approach the 2022 model year, it appears Honda is coming closer to answering some of them. The Passport is more rugged than the Pilot; it’s a two-row midsize crossover SUV with a wild side. Yes, it does take some of its aesthetic cues from the Ridgeline, but while the Ridgeline is a pickup, the Passport is ready for other types of adventure. So if you are looking for a fun SUV for sale, the 2022 Honda Passport could certainly be the best option.

For the new model year, the Honda Passport has adopted an attitude that many automotive experts are dubbing as “aggressive.” This isn’t what most drivers would expect from the brand that brought us the family-friendly CR-V or the efficient Civic. Still, it appears that Honda is trying out a new direction with the Passport, adding the off-road capable TrailSport model and alluding to bigger and badder things to come. Let’s take a look at what we know so far about the 2022 Passport and the possibility of things to come.

The 2022 Honda Passport: The Basics

One of the things nearly all drivers hope will never change about the Honda Passport is its overall drivability. Even the harshest of critics agree that the ride is smooth and quiet, with well-behaved steering and responsiveness that seem more like a sedan than an SUV.

Under the hood is Honda’s trustworthy 3.5L V6 engine, which is shared with several models in the 2022 lineup, including the Honda Pilot and Honda Ridgeline. In the Passport, this engine is good for 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. In the 2021 model, this engine was rated for a fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway with the standard front-wheel drive, and drivers can expect similar figures in the new 2022 Passport.[a]

For 2022, all-wheel drive is standard on the Elite and Trailsport trims, but optional on the EX-L trim. Those who do select a version of the 2022 Passport with all-wheel drive will notice a substantial difference, too. Honda has provided the Passport with i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, which has the ability to send up to 70% of the available torque to the rear wheels while enhancing stability by controlling all rear torque based upon the slip and feel of the driving conditions. This can be further modified with Intelligent Traction Management, which allows drivers to create the ideal torque control for a variety of situations and terrains, ranging from the pavement to snow.

When properly equipped, the all-wheel drive Passport can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Inside the cabin, you’ll find 50 cubic feet of cargo room with all seats occupied or 100 cubic feet with the second row folded completely. That creates plenty of room for toys or equipment, depending on where today’s adventure may take you.

The black and silver accented interior of a 2022 Honda Passport shows the steering wheel and dashboard lights.

Introducing the 2022 Honda Passport TrailSport

In a September 22, 2021 press release, Dave Gardner, executive vice president of National Operations for American Honda Motor Co. stated, “Some may not realize the true rugged, off-road capabilities of our light trucks. Now they’re getting tough, rugged looks to match, and the addition of TrailSport will further enhance the off-road capability of our vehicles in the future.”

Not only does this statement announce a very exciting addition to the Honda Passport lineup, but it teases that there’s more to come in the off-roading department from Honda. We’ve seen impressive things from Honda vehicles in the past, but as Gardner relates, drivers don’t commonly list the Honda Passport as a serious off-road explorer. But as automobile manufacturers around the country are striving to create more adventurous vehicles, it appears the Passport has volunteered to hit the dirt on behalf of Honda.

The Passport TrailSport sits a little wider, with front and rear track widths increased by 10 mm. It’s got a handy 8.1 inches of ground clearance to take you further into the wild, and the exterior has been given a makeover to reflect its personality, featuring larger exhaust outlets and a surly front-end design. Features like its unibody construction and independent front and rear suspension design set the TrailSport up for success in the mud and sand. Honda also has confirmed that more updates will be available in the future, including specialized off-road suspension and all-terrain tires.

As it stands now, the TrailSport is equally equipped to handle on and off-road duties. The interior makes a note of the vehicle’s off-road prowess with all-season rubber floor mats, amber ambient lighting, and unique orange contrast stitching throughout the cabin. Honda thought of everything to make this new model stand out from the crowd with its sharp looks and performance features.

More Things to Love About the Honda Passport in 2022

The 2022 Honda Passport manages to stay true to the Honda brand, providing all of the things we’ve come to know and love about Hondas. But there are a few surprises in store for the new year, as well.

For example, the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance and safety features is standard on all trim levels. This package includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Added into this package for 2022 is a new Rear Seat Reminder, which provides an audible alert for drivers to check the backseat once the vehicle is turned off. Also on board is a rear seatbelt notification, which notifies the driver when rear-seat passengers fail to fasten their seatbelt.

Also available for 2022 is the Honda Performance Development, or HPD, package. This largely appearance-based package includes an HPD-specific grille and wheels, rear quarter panel graphics, and black fender flares.

A 2022 Honda Passport Elite is shown from a low rear angle driving on a muddy trail.

Final Thoughts

After years of enjoying Honda’s performance in the ATV and motorbike segments, it’s exciting to see the manufacturer step up to adding off-road capability to its passenger vehicles. Given the brand’s long-time commitment to reliability and dependability, it seems only natural that they should approach the creation of an off-road-ready SUV one step at a time. It’s clear that Honda is about to put a lot of energy behind making their vehicles even more fun than they are today, without compromising that easy-going, enjoyable ride that we’ve come to expect.

While the automotive community can’t help but speculate what changes might be around the bend, the 2022 Passport TrailSport starts things off right by taking the tried-and-true Honda formula and amping it up just a bit for its walk on the wild side. In the meantime, drivers will continue to appreciate the comfort and convenience of the Passport, as well as the new exterior design that seems to hint at things to come.

[a]20 city/25 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.