Honda debuted a new 5-passenger, V-6-powered SUV at the LA Auto Show on Wednesday.
The 2019 Honda Passport will slot between the compact CR-V and three-row Pilot in Honda's SUV lineup. The model's reinforced unibody frame, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine, fully independent suspension and nimble steering pair with Honda’s i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and four-mode Traction Management system for ultimate off-road performance.
Designed and developed exclusively by Honda's North America R&D teams in Torrance, California, and Raymond, Ohio, the Passport and its V6 engine will be manufactured at the company's Lincoln, Alabama plant.
Additional key product highlights include:
- Standard 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter, direct-injected V-6 engine with i-VTEC valvetrain mated to latest-generation 9-speed automatic transmission
- Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) torque-vectoring all-wheel drive enhances on- and off-road performance
- Intelligent Traction Management system with available Snow, Sand and Mud modes help optimize performance for varying surface conditions
- 3,500-pound capacity on front-wheel drive models and 5,000 pounds on all-wheel drive models when both are equipped with the optional towing package
- Standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology
- Standard 20-inch alloy wheels and tires on all trims
- Underfloor cargo storage
- Standard 215-watt audio system with a 5-inch display monitor and six speakers, plus a subwoofer
- Instrument cluster utilizing a 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen with a wide range of information content