2021 Honda Passport

MSRP $31,990 - $33,990

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2021 Honda Passport Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Honda Passport is another Mid-size SUV from the Japanese automaker which is built with the sole purpose of providing sufficient practicality and comfort. The 2021 Honda Passport is nothing short of a success story for Honda since its relaunch in 2018. With the 2021 model, Honda clearly wants to continue scaling upwards in the sales chart. In fact, at first glance, the size looks similar to the Honda Pilot as they share the same platform and underpinnings. 

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Pros

Roomy interior

Exemplary fuel economy

Powerful V6 engine

Cons

Not a sufficient ride quality

The Exterior feels a bit outdated and needs a facelift

What's New?

The Honda Sensing safety features is standard now

Addition of new 8-inch infotainment touch screen

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have been added to the standard features list.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31990

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT w/OD

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

190.5 in.

width

78.6 in.

height

71.6 in.

curb weight

3959 lbs.

ground clearance

7.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

115.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

100.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1332 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

181 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/25 mpg

highway range

487.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$31,990 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Honda Passport in Black Copper Pearl color
Black Copper Pearl

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


To begin with, now you do not just get an athletic design but a spacious cabin as well. The front seats are very comfy and provide solid support. Moreover, it also offers a superior fuel economy so that you don’t have to shell out a lot of money on fuel. Some of the main competitors in its class are the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Volvo XC60, and Acura RDX.

2021 Honda Passport SUV front view
2021 Honda Passport SUV rear view

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2021 Honda Passport Features

The wide range of trims is the major selling point of cars at this price and the Honda offers 4 exciting trims to choose from starting at $32,790 and goes up to $44,180 for the top rack variant. All the trims except for the Elite trim offer both FWD and AWD. There is only one engine option across all the trims which is a strong 3.5-liter V6 engine. Even the base trim offers a handful of overwhelming and cool features that would satisfy all your basic expectations. Opting for the higher trims skyrockets the amount of luxury and safety. The top trim offers all the luxury features you would get from a premium car.

Trim

Sport

EX-L

Touring

Elite

MSRP (FWD)

$32,790

$36,810

$39,680

N/A

MSRP(AWD)

$34,790

$38,810

$41,680

$44,180

Key Features

Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)

Adds to/ replaces Sport features:

Adds to/ replaces EX features:

Adds to/ replaces Touring features:

 

Sliding and reclining 60/40 split-folding second-row seat

One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature

Power tailgate

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

 

Rear Privacy Glass

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Heated Front and Outboard Rear Seats

Perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces

 

Auto High-Beam Headlights

Mirror-integrated LED turn signal indicators

Memory-linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down

Automatic-Dimming, Power-Folding Heated Side Mirrors

 

LED Daytime Running Lights and Fog Lights

LED Fog lights

Body-colored front and rear parking sensors

LED headlights with auto-on/off (High and low beam)

 

Multi-angle rearview camera2 with dynamic guidelines

HomeLink remote system6

Wi-Fi Hotspot Capability

HondaLink Subscription Services

 

Intelligent Traction Management

Honda LaneWatch blind-spot display

Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers, Including Subwoofer

Advanced Rear Entertainment System with 10.2-inch, high-resolution screen, Blu-ray player, and embedded streaming media apps

Which Trim should you buy?

 We recommend the EX-L trim with All-wheel drive for its additional traction on the road and better handling both on normal and wet roads. The EX-L trim itself offers a plethora of modern-day features. As standard, it gets a Leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED foglights, a Home link remote system, Mirror integrated LED signal indicators, and costs you an extra $4000 which is not so expensive considering the features it comes with. If all these perks aren’t sufficient for you, you can opt for the Elite where everything gets premium and Elite as the name suggests.

2021 Honda Passport Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Underneath the hood, the Honda Passport houses a 3.5-liter V6 engine which is one of the powerful engines in its class that is capable of punching out 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. The massive V6 engine is linked to a 9-speed shiftable automatic transmission that is very responsive and refined and sends maximum power to the wheels at any given rpm. You can opt for either FWD or AWD versions.

2021 Honda Passport SUV engine bay

In the acceleration test, the Honda Passport trumps all its competitors and dominates them by a considerable margin. The 2021 Honda Passport is capable of hitting 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds which is the segment-leading. It clocks a quarter-mile run in 14.7 which is again the fastest of the lot. When it comes to top speed, the Honda Passport reaches 139 mph which is really fast for a car of this size and weight.

Models

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

MSRP

$32,590

$38,200

$41,700

$37,165

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0 L turbocharged inline 4

2.0 L turbocharged inline 4

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drive train

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

9 Speed automatic

10 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Power

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

272 hp @ 6500 rpm

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

262 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

280 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

260 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH

6.2 seconds

6.4 seconds

6.7 seconds

6.4 seconds

Quarter Mile

14.7 seconds

14.8 seconds

15.2 seconds

14.9 seconds

Top Speed

139 MPH

125 MPH

128 MPH

128 MPH

In comparison, The Jeep Cherokee’s engine has a cubic capacity of 3.6 liters which is the highest in its class. When it comes to power output, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has the highest power of 293 hp and the Acura RDX has the highest torque of 280 lb-ft which gives the Acura a decent acceleration figure. Both Acura and Jeep accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds followed by the Volvo XC60 at 6.7 seconds. On the other hand, both Volvo XC60 and Jeep Cherokee can reach a maximum speed of 128 mph. The performance figures of Acura RDX and Grand Cherokee seem to be nearly the same.

2021 Honda Passport Braking performance:

The Braking of a car is also considered as a performance and is as important as the engine performance. Let’s see how it stacks up against the rivals in terms of performance. The Honda Passport sports a front rotor of 12.6 inches and the rear rotor is a tad bigger in this case. It measures 13 inches in the rear. The curb weight of this SUV is 3955 lbs which is one of the lightest in the segment followed by the RDX. Considering the weight to brake size ratio, it happens to be a decent performing car in terms of brake performance.

2021 Honda Passport SUV brake rotor

Models

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12.4

13.6

13.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13

12.2

12.6

13

Curb Weight (lbs)

3955 lbs

3783 lbs

4105 lbs

4746 lbs

60-0 (feet)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Among the competition, the Jeep Grand Cherokee leads the pack with the biggest brakes on tap. It measures 13.2 inches in the front and 13 inches in the rear. The Volvo XC60 on the other hand comes with a rotor of 13.6 inches in the front and 12.6 inches which is the second biggest in the segment. However, the Acura RDX seems to have the smallest rotors both in front and rear. It measures 12.4 inches and 12.2 inches respectively but it also occurs to be the lightest car in the segment. Hence it has a good brake to weight ratio.

2021 Honda Passport Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The fuel economy on the Honda Passport is on the downside as it delivers class average fuel efficiency. The V6 engine on the Passport guzzles a lot of fuel and it is thirsty all the time. The Honda Passport offers a fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg while cruising down the highway. It gives 22 mpg when combined which is lesser than some of its rivals by a considerable margin. On the plus side, it has a bigger tank than the most fuel-efficient car. As a result, it offers more range than some of its counterparts. The Passport manages to cover a range of 390 miles in the city, 487 miles on the highway, and 429 miles when combined before making your way to the next fuel station.

Models

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

MPG (City)

20

22

22

19

MPG (Highway)

25

28

29

26

MPG (Combined)

22

24

25

21

Fuel Capacity

19.5 gallons

17.1 gallons

18.8 gallons

26.4 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

390/487/429miles

367/462/410 miles

414/545/451 miles

467/639/516 miles

In comparison, the Swedish marque Volvo offers the highest mileage of 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. While Jeep Cherokee has the least fuel economy of 19 mpg and 26 mpg in the city and on the highways respectively. On the other hand, the Acura RDX gets the least voluminous tank of 17.1 gallons. As a result, the RDX is capable of covering a distance of 367 miles and 462 miles in the city and on the highway respectively. Nonetheless, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is clearly the winner of the range test and can traverse a distance of 467 miles and 639 miles in the city and highways respectively.

2021 Honda Passport Interior

9.0/10

The interior is the part where things get even more engrossing. The Honda lives up to its reputation when it comes to the interior. It boasts one of the best interiors in its class. The design of the dashboard is so flamboyant and very appealing. The base trim gets cloth fabric upholstery which looks quite premium.

2021 Honda Passport SUV front seats

The Steering is thick and feels grippy. The centrally placed infotainment screen looks crisp and neat. When it comes to interior dimensions, the Honda has got it so right. It has the most spacious cabin of the competition. It offers a front headroom space and rear headroom space of 40.1 inches which is segment-leading. Moreover, it also offers the highest cargo capacity of 41.2 inches.

Models

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/62.0/40.9

40.0/50.0/42.0

38.0/58.2/41.5

39.7/58.7/40.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/61.9/39.6

38.0/57.0/38.0

38.0/56.3/38.0

39.2/58.0/38.6

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

41.2

31.1

29.7

36.3

In comparison, All these cars have the same seating capacity to fit 5 passengers. While the Volvo is the car with the overall lowest room. However, it has the highest overall front row space on offer with 41.5 inches for legroom. On the other hand, the Honda Passport offers the highest shoulder room of 62 inches in the front and 61.9 inches in the rear. While all the three cars offer a more or less similar second-row space. It is evident that Honda is the winner of this competition. Some other highlight interior features of the Honda Passport are:

  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Front Bucket Seats
  • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
  • Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert

How intuitive is the 2021 Honda Passport’s infotainment system?

The infotainment system on the Honda Passport features an 8-inch infotainment touch screen with Hondalink that includes Apple CarPlay integration and Android Auto integration which is the newest update for the 2021 model year. It also offers an extensive list of standard features. As standard, it comes with Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation, 7 Speakers with subwoofer, HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth streaming audio, MP3/auxiliary input jack in the center console, Radio Data System, and 12-volt power outlets in front and center console.

2021 Honda Passport SUV infotainment screen

Some other features in the higher trims are listed down:

  • 10 Speakers -inc: subwoofer
  • CabinControl remote compatibility
  • Navigation System w/voice recognition and Honda HD digital traffic
  • HondaLink subscription services and wireless phone charger
  • 540-Watt Amplifier

2021 Honda Passport Exterior

8.0/10

The Honda Passport looks like a hunkered-down Honda Pilot. Most of its best bits are derived from the Pilot and get a new character of its own. The headlights look sharp and integrated with LED lights. The huge blacked-out grille and wheels give the car a sporty look. The fog lamps add to the front fascia of the car. The tail could’ve been better. It looks so small considering the size of the car. 

2021 Honda Passport SUV 

The rear spoiler accentuates the rear looks of the SUV. Moreover, it is the largest car in the segment measuring a length of 190.5 inches, a width of 78.6 inches, and a height of 71.6 inches. Its huge size grabs a lot of attention on the road. Moreover, it hangs 7.5 inches above the ground and also occurs to be one of the lightest cars in the segment.

Models

2021 Honda Passport

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Curb Weight

3955 lbs

3783 lbs

4105 lbs

4746 lbs

Length

190.5 in.

186.7 in.

184.6 in.

189.8 in.

Width

78.6 in.

74.8 in.

78.7 in.

76.5 in.

Height

71.6 in.

65.7 in.

65.3 in.

N/A

Ground Clearance

7.5 in.

N/A

8.5 in.

N/A

Wheelbase

111.0 in.

108.3 in.

112.8 in.

114.8 in.

Though the difference in dimensions and overall proportions may seem minute, it is the Volvo XC60 that is both the smallest and shortest car in the segment at 184.6 and 65.3 inches respectively. On the contrary, it has the longest wheelbase at 112.8 inches. When it comes to weight, the Acura RDX is the lightest SUV in the segment weighing 3783 lbs. Some of the standout exterior features are:

  • Deep Tinted Glass
  • LED Brakelights
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • 20-inch alloy wheels

2021 Honda Passport Safety

9.0/10

The 2021 Honda Passport received 5-stars from NHTSA for overall safety. The IIHS also gave it a good rating in all of its six crash tests and a superior rating for all the tests except for the small overlap front passenger side and headlights where it scores an acceptable rating. Honda includes some basic safety features such as a Lane-keeping assist, which helps the car steer back into its lane if it detects a change in the direction. Another standard technology is Forward collision mitigation, which assists the driver by automatically applying the brakes to avoid crashes. Some other clever safety features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags

2021 Honda Passport Competition

2021 Honda Passport vs 2021 Acura RDX:

The Acura RDX costs a bit more expensive than the Honda Passport and delivers lesser performance figures and Honda offers all the features you get from the Acura RDX. However, the interior of the Acura RDX looks a tad more premium. The fuel economy is also on the upside offering more fuel economy than the Honda Passport.

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Honda Passport vs 2021 Volvo XC60:

The Volvo XC60 is the most expensive car in its segment. The Volvo XC60 is the master in terms of Safety and boasts a bucket load of sophisticated safety features to keep the passengers safe. On the downside, the Volvo XC60 is not as powerful as the Honda Passport but offers great mileage. Thanks to its turbocharged inline 4 engine.

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 Honda Passport vs 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a bit more powerful than Honda Passport but lacks in performance due to its heavyweight. Moreover, it costs $4000 more than the Honda Passport. It also loses to Honda Passport in terms of fuel economy only by a small margin. Nevertheless, the Honda Passport can never beat the Jeep in terms of off-roading capabilities.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

 

2021 Honda Passport Final Verdict

The new Honda Passport is a no-brainer in its segment. It has a decent performance, heaps of practicality, tremendous interior space, and comfort. There are downsides too, For instance, it offers a subpar fuel economy and the ride quality is not up to the mark and offers a bumpy ride. Moreover, the exterior styling feels a bit old school whereas its rivals look more modern in some aspects. If you are planning to buy an SUV, you must definitely check this car out for its versatility.

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