Your Passport to Adventure: 8 Features You’ll Love on the 2021 Honda Passport

August 20th, 2021 by

A blue 2021 Honda Passport AWD Elite is shown driving through the forest at night.

Did you know that the first-generation Honda Passport wasn’t really a Honda? When you venture over to Honda of Newnan, your GA Honda Passport dealer, you’ll see the stunning 2021 Passport sitting on the lot, but the newest model is a far cry from the first-generation Passport that made its debut in 1994. So, if the Passport wasn’t actually a Honda, then what was it?

The SUV craze was just getting started in the 1990s, and automakers like Jeep, Ford, and Chevy jumped on board with models like the Cherokee, Explorer, and Blazer. Honda entered the game with the debut of the Passport, but the automaker wasn’t fooling anyone after rebadging the Isuzu Rodeo, adding a new grille, and updating the wheels to create its own version of the rugged SUV. Surprisingly, the Passport was a modest success for Honda and stuck around the industry until 2002, when Honda discontinued the SUV in its second generation.

After nearly two decades, Honda dusted off the cobwebs and reintroduced the Passport in 2019. With an all-new design and plenty of innovative features, the Passport is now one of the best-selling midsize SUVs in America, and it’s easy to see why. Don’t believe us? Here’s a closer look at everything you’ll love about the 2021 Passport, from its affordable price tag to its exceptional capability and cutting-edge technology that keeps you connected and safe as you navigate your next adventure.

#1 It’s Budget-Friendly

When it comes to midsize crossovers, you won’t find many that are as affordable as the 2021 Honda Passport. The Sport base model starts the lineup at $32,790 and is equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist tools, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a multi-angle rearview camera, and Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management system that adds stability.1 These base features lay the foundation for the EX-L, which adds leather seats, a power moonroof, heated front seats, and a Blind Spot Information System. The Touring and Elite wrap up the lineup with the former featuring a hands-free power tailgate, premium audio, and navigation systems, and parking sensors, while the Elite adds wireless phone charging, ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and a heated steering wheel.

#2 It’s Highly Awarded

Another great selling point for the 2021 Passport is its numerous awards. The Honda Passport earned a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its high-strength frame and design, as well as its exceptional suite of safety and driver-assist features.2 The midsize SUV also caught the attention of US News & World Report, who named it the “Best 2-Row SUV for the Money.”3

A red 2021 Honda Passport AWD Elite is shown off-roading through a desert.

#3 It’s Capable and Efficient

Effortlessly blending power and capability with efficiency, the 2021 Passport is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission. This combination delivers 280 horsepower and responsive handling that make the Passport a capable vehicle whether you’re cruising down a highway, climbing a steep mountain road, or navigating a busy city street. What’s even better is that the Passport’s power isn’t mutually exclusive with efficiency, with the Passport averaging 20 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway with front-wheel drive.4

#4 It’s Ready for Adventure

Just when you thought the Passport couldn’t get any better, Honda ups its game with the Passport’s available all-wheel drive. The exclusive torque-vectoring system readies the Passport for the trail by delivering the traction needed to each wheel. This means you can navigate dirt trails, mud pits, and slick roads with confidence since the system works behind the scenes to monitor and mitigate tire slippage. It also boosts the SUV’s standard 7.5 inches of ground clearance to 8.1 inches.

#5 It’s Intelligent

The Passport’s all-wheel drive system readies the midsize SUV for the trail, but the Intelligent Traction Management system takes its capability even further. The system is standard on the Passport and includes a Snow mode that tailors the Passport’s performance in snowy conditions. When you opt for AWD, the system includes Mud and Sand modes that add to the Passport’s capability on various types of terrain.

#6 It’s Spacious

Midsize SUVs are known for offering plenty of room for passengers and cargo, and the 2021 Passport is no exception. The two-row Passport gives you 50.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row, which is more than enough to haul luggage, gear, and groceries. To maximize the Passport’s cargo space, fold down the second-row seats, and you’ll enjoy a cargo volume of 100.7 cubic feet. This volume, along with the underfloor cargo storage and the hands-free power tailgate, makes the Passport one of the roomiest SUVs for sale in its class.

A blue 2021 Honda Passport Elite is shown from the rear after leaving a GA Honda Passport dealer.

#7 It’s Loaded with Tech

Honda gives you all the tools you need to stay connected when you’re in the driver’s seat. This technology is housed in the center touchscreen display that comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allows you to seamlessly sync your smartphone and access your favorite apps. You can add navigation to the Passport as well as wireless phone charging and an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that keeps you connected wherever your adventure takes you. You can also remotely access your Passport using HondaLink, which allows you to save your Passport’s location, schedule service appointments, view your fuel levels, and more through an app on your smartphone.

#8 It’s Designed to Give You Peace of Mind

The Passport’s technology doesn’t stop with its connectivity features but extends to the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist tools. This standard suite is designed to give you peace of mind when you’re behind the wheel by actively monitoring your surroundings and enhancing your view to minimize the potential for collision. The suite includes tools like the Road Departure Mitigation System that alerts you when the Passport veers from its lane without signaling. The Lane Keeping Assist System subtly adjusts the steering wheel to keep the Passport centered in its lane, which is great when cruising at highway speeds.

The suite is also home to a multi-angle rearview camera, the Collision Mitigation Braking System, and Adaptive Cruise Control. The braking system monitors the traffic ahead and can bring the Passport to an emergency stop when a collision is imminent. Adaptive Cruise Control makes cruising easier by actively monitoring the flow of traffic and adjusting your speed as needed to ensure the Passport maintains a safe distance from the traffic ahead. The Blind Spot Information System, which is not available on the Sport, is an enhanced tool that makes changing lanes easier by actively monitoring the Passport’s blind spots.

Passport? Check! Ready to Travel? Check!

Are you ready for your next adventure? If so, you’ll find your Passport to adventure is right here at Honda of Newnan. Stunning and sophisticated, the Passport is also versatile, rugged, spacious, and powerful. It has everything to offer from its best-in-class cargo room to its exceptional efficiency, nimble handling, and off-road capability that makes it fun to drive whether you’re running errands in town, navigating a dirt road, picking the kids up from school, or taking the whole family on an epic vacation. The question then is, “Where will your Passport take you?”

1: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,225 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for premium colors. MSRP may change without notice. See dealer for complete details.
2: The 2021 Honda Passport was given an overall safety rating of 5-stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For more information, visit the NHTSA website (https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2021/HONDA/PASSPORT/SUV/AWD). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
3: The 2021 Honda Passport was awarded the top spot on the U.S. News & World Report “Best 2-Row SUVs for the Money in 2021” list. For more information, visit the U.S. News & World Report website (https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/best-2-row-suvs-for-the-money). U.S. World & News Report is a registered trademark of U.S. News & World Report L.P.
4: 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.