2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport
The all-new 2019 Honda Passport is designed for adventure-seekers who want the superior off-road capability of Honda’s available i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, the power and towing capability of its 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V6, and the more personal and rugged character of a five-passenger SUV. Within the Honda SUV lineup, in size and price, it slots between the refined and compact-size CR-V and the larger, three-row family-focused Pilot.
The 2019 Passport is based on Honda’s reinforced unibody midsize light-truck platform, featuring a fully-boxed floor structure, the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure along with a sophisticated fully independent suspension offering exceptional on- and off-road driving performance.
Passport’s rugged yet modern exterior styling comprises standard 20-inch wheels, aggressive black grille, and increased ride height with more athletic proportion and stance compared to the three-row Pilot. Inside, Honda Passport offers best-in-class passenger space and total interior volume and features a large “basement” cargo area ideal for storing dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight.
Powering the new Passport is a 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected V6 engine with i-VTEC® valvetrain connected exclusively to a second-generation 9-speed automatic transmission. Opt for all-wheel drive and Passport gains Honda’s torque-vectoring Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Traction Management – with Snow, Mud and Sand modes — allowing the driver to optimize Honda Passport’s tractive and dynamic performance based on terrain and weather conditions. With 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, Passport offers top-class standard horsepower, brisk acceleration and up-to 5,000-pound towing capacity.
With Passport, drivers also benefit from the latest technology, including standard Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Additionally, all Passports come with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera system, while EX-L, Touring and Elite models come with Honda’s blind spot information system. Additional premium technologies available on Passport include in-vehicle Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, an 8-inch Display Audio system, wireless phone charging and more.
The 2019 Honda Passport is offered in four trims: well-appointed Sport, upgraded EX-L, high-tech Touring, and the fully equipped Elite. Sport models come standard with 20-inch alloy wheels with 245/50R20 tires, Honda Sensing®, a 9-speed automatic transmission with auto stop-start, LED low-beam headlights, fog lights, taillights and DRLs, Push-button Start and Smart Entry, two USB ports, and three-zone automatic climate control.
Passport EX-L trims feature leather on the seats and steering wheel, a one-touch tilt/slide moonroof, remote-operated power liftgate, blind spot information system, and an 8-inch Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. Honda Passport EX-L also features rear window sunshades, an 8-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, heated outside mirrors, HomeLink®, and two additional USB charging points.
Passport Touring trims up the ante with inline low-and high-beam LED headlights, wider 265/45R20 tires, a foot-activated hands-free access power liftgate, LED ambient lighting, parking sensors, and embedded navigation. Touring trims also feature a premium audio system upgraded to 10 speakers (up from 7), while also gaining a handy AC power inverter (115v-150W). Additionally, Touring trims are distinguished by power-folding outside mirror turn signal indicators, acoustic glass on the front and rear doors, and unique 20-inch alloy wheels.
The top-of-the-line Passport Elite trim comes standard with i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive that’s optional on Sport, EX-L and Touring trims. In addition, Elite adds ventilated front seats, auto-dimming side mirrors, a heated steering wheel, rain sensing wipers, and a wireless phone charger. Honda Passport Elite also features gloss black exterior trim and a gloss-black liftgate spoiler.
The most rugged of Honda’s light trucks yet, Passport’s expressive design leaves no doubt to its adventure-seeking mission. The black grille, bumper and black wheels (Sport & Elite grades) convey off-road prowess, while LED headlight accents and chrome exhaust finishers hint at Passport’s around-town sophistication. Trim-exclusive 20-inch wheel designs are available across the lineup, while Touring and Elite trims offer a wider stance by way of beefier 265/45R20 tires as standard equipment.
Beyond just good looks, Passport’s design offers superior functionality as well. In addition to more aggressive approach and departure angles, Honda Passport features an increased ride height of approximately one inch compared to Pilot. The wider track provides better handling around town and the wider wheels provide increased grip. The wide hatch opens to reveal exceptional cargo space behind the rear seats.
Passport shares much of its body and chassis engineering with the Pilot and Ridgeline, including the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. In addition to the raised ride height over Pilot, Passport is six inches shorter overall, while sharing the same 111.0 in wheelbase. Combined with the increased ride height, this results in an off-road ready approach angle of 21.4 degrees, and a departure angle of 27.6 degrees on AWD models.
Interior Design and Packaging
Passport’s modern and sophisticated interior design offers ample space for five people and provides class-leading passenger volume. Packed with modern amenities like available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration and a digital gauge cluster, Honda Passport also features a cargo area generously sized for weekend camping trips, or excursions to the home improvement store.
From Sport to Elite trims, Passport features high-quality interior appointments -attractive and durable fabric on Sport or perforated leather on EX-L, Touring and Elite trims, and on all trims a blackout headliner and generous use of soft-touch surfaces on the dash and doors. The instrument panel features a 7-inch TFT screen with a customizable interface that allows drivers to view different vehicle or audio/connectivity functions. Placed in the center of the dash on EX-L trims and above is an easy-to-reach, high-resolution 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen.
Passport’s interior also offers class-leading space, both passenger space and total interior volume. Behind the rear seats is a fully carpeted cargo area including the wheel wells and side walls. The spacious cargo area offers 41.2 cu.-ft. of flexible cargo space, not including the additional 2.5 cu.-ft. of hidden storage under the floor. Press a button in the cargo area and the rear seatbacks fold flat for a total of up to 77.9 cu.-ft. of space, more than enough to accommodate a bicycle or a week’s worth of camping gear. Passport’s underfloor storage is near the rear bumper and easily accessed by lifting the rearmost section of the floor. And, unlike many competitor vehicles that make you choose between underfloor storage or a spare tire, Honda Passport’s smart packaging incorporates both.
There’s also plenty of space for small stuff. Passport offers generous storage space for front seat occupants, headlined by a large center console bin between the front seats with a rolling cover that also serves as a tray when closed. Additional storage is found in the doors and ahead of the push-button gear selector, with Elite trims featuring a wireless charging pad that’s both Qi and PMA compatible.
Passport Sport models come standard with a 5-inch display monitor linked to a 152-watt, 7-speaker audio system with a subwoofer. Passport EX-L, Touring and Elite trims come with an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen audio system. The Display Audio system uses gestures common to smartphones and tablets, such as swipe, tap and pinch, to control the vehicle’s audio system, display settings and other advanced features. Intuitive and easy to use, with a simplified menu structure, it also offers customizable shortcuts for commonly used features and customizable app locations. Additionally, the Display Audio system comes with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration.
Honda Passport’s instrument cluster uses a 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen with a wide range of information content. Not only does it display typical vehicle functions such as vehicle speed and RPM, the full-color digital meter includes a Multi-Information Display (MID) with customizable features, such as audio information, a detailed trip computer, phone information, and turn-by-turn route guidance on Passport models equipped with navigation. Drivers navigate the TFT using Passport’s intuitive steering wheel controls.
Honda Passport also offers an embedded Telematics Control Unit (TCU) in Touring and Elite trims that delivers an AT&T 4G LTE connection inside the vehicle. The system includes a free trial for 90-day/3GB (whichever comes first) and supports up to seven devices.
The next-generation HondaLink® system available on Passport seamlessly integrates with the car. HondaLink® provides access to a world of cloud-based information, connecting customers to online content, and the HondaLink® phone app offers convenient access for many services including location searches, local weather, messaging, Maintenance Minder™ alerts, service scheduling by phone, and access to the vehicle Owners Guide.
Passport’s powertrain matches the vehicle’s dual roles as a midsize SUV that’s comfortable around town, but which also offers the kind of capability needed for off-road adventure. It includes a powerful and efficient direct-injected i-VTEC® V6 engine mated exclusively to an advanced, next-generation 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT). Passport is also available in two- or all-wheel drive using Honda’s Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) AWD system with dynamic torque vectoring. Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management (ITM) system combines with i-VTM4™ to make Honda Passport unique among midsize 5-passenger SUVs, able to tackle rugged terrain, but not at the expense of on-road comfort and drivability.
The standard engine for the 2019 Passport is a 3.5-liter direct injected i-VTEC® 24-valve SOHC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology. The engine is mated exclusively to a 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT) in all trims, and all Passports feature an enhanced Idle-Stop system to help further enhance fuel efficiency. Honda Passport’s engine is rated at 280 peak horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. peak torque (SAE net).
Passport’s dynamic handling and all-weather versatility are significantly enhanced by its available Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) all-wheel-drive system that gives it robust off-road capabilities. i-VTM4™ uses an electronically controlled rear differential and dynamic torque vectoring capabilities that aids both handling and dynamic cornering performance. To further enhance all-weather performance, both the front-wheel drive (2WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) Passport models include Intelligent Traction Management with push-button control to allow the driver to choose between Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand modes with AWD, and Normal and Snow with 2WD for optimal performance in varying road and surface conditions.
Cylinder Block and Crank
With its 60-degree V-angle, Passport’s V6 engine is inherently smooth and has compact overall dimensions that allow efficient packaging within the vehicle. The 6 has a die-cast lightweight aluminum alloy block with cast-in-place iron cylinder liners. Made with a centrifugal spin-casting process, the thin-wall liners are high in strength and low in porosity. The block incorporates a deep-skirt design with four bolts per bearing cap for rigid crankshaft support and minimized noise and vibration. The 3.5-liter V6 uses a high-tensile strength steel crankshaft for minimum weight.
A cooling control spacer positioned in the water jacket surrounding the cylinders helps control warm-up and operating cylinder liner temperatures to reduce friction. Plateau honing of the cylinder lining further reduces friction between the piston skirts and the cylinder walls by creating an ultra-smooth surface. This two-stage machining process uses two grinding processes instead of the more conventional single-stage honing process. Plateau honing also enhances the long-term wear characteristics of the engine.
Designed with “cavity-shaped” crowns, the engine pistons help maintain stable combustion and contribute to stratified-charge combustion. Ion-plated piston rings help reduce friction for greater operating efficiency. Heavy-duty steel connecting rods are forged in one piece and then “crack separated” to create a lighter and stronger rod with an optimally fitted bearing cap.
Cylinder Head and Valvetrain
Honda Passport’s 4-valve cylinder heads are a single-overhead-camshaft design, with the cams driven by the crankshaft via an automatically tensioned toothed belt. Made of low-pressure cast, low-porosity aluminum, each cylinder head incorporates a “tumble port” design that improves combustion efficiency by creating a more homogeneous fuel-air mixture. An integrated exhaust manifold cast into each cylinder head reduces parts count, saves weight, improves flow and optimizes the location of the close-coupled catalyst on each cylinder bank.
i-VTEC® with Two-stage Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®)
The V6 engine combines Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC®), which changes the lift profile, timing and lift duration of the intake valves. A switching mechanism allows each cylinder to operate with low-rpm valve lift and duration or high-rpm lift and duration. While operating in three-cylinder mode, the rear cylinder bank’s valve gear closes all intake and exhaust valves to minimize pumping losses.
The “intelligent” portion of the system is its ability to vary valve operation based on the driving situation and engine rpm. At low rpm, i-VTEC® intake valve timing and lift are optimized (low lift, short duration) for increased torque, which allows a wide range of 3-cylinder operation. As engine rpm builds past 5,350 rpm, i-VTEC® transitions to a high-lift, long-duration intake cam profile for superior high-rpm engine power.
Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) is used to aid fuel efficiency. The i-VTEC® system combines with Active Control engine Mounts (ACM) to allow the VCM system to operate with just three cylinders in a wide range of situations to maximize fuel efficiency and lower emissions. When greater power is needed, the system switches seamlessly to 6-cylinder operation.
During startup, aggressive acceleration, or steep ascents – any time high power output is required – the engine operates on all six cylinders. During moderate-speed cruising and at low or moderate engine loads, the system operates just the front bank of three cylinders.
The VCM system can tailor the working displacement of the engine to match the driving requirements from moment to moment. Since the system automatically closes both the intake and exhaust valves of the cylinders that are not used, pumping losses associated with intake and exhaust are eliminated and fuel efficiency gets a further boost. The system combines maximum performance and maximum fuel efficiency – two characteristics that don’t typically coexist in conventional engines.
VCM deactivates specific cylinders by using the i-VTEC® (intelligent Variable Valve-Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system to close the intake and exhaust valves while the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) simultaneously cuts fuel to those cylinders. The spark plugs continue to fire in inactive cylinders to minimize plug temperature loss and prevent fouling induced from incomplete combustion during cylinder re-activation.
The system is electronically controlled and uses special integrated spool valves in the cylinder heads. Based on commands from the system’s Electronic Control Unit, the spool valves selectively direct oil pressure to the rocker arms for specific cylinders. This oil pressure in turn drives synchronizing pistons that connect and disconnect the rocker arms.
The VCM system monitors throttle position, vehicle speed, engine speed, automatic-transmission gear selection and other factors to determine the correct cylinder activation scheme for the operating conditions. In addition, the system determines whether engine oil pressure is suitable for VCM switching and whether catalytic-converter temperature will remain in the proper range. To further smooth the activating or deactivating cylinders, the system adjusts ignition timing and throttle position and turns the torque converter lock-up on and off. As a result, the transition between three- and six-cylinder modes is effectively unnoticeable to the driver.
Drive-by-Wire Accelerator System
Passport’s Drive-by-Wire throttle system replaces a conventional throttle cable with smart electronics that “connect” the accelerator pedal to a throttle valve inside the throttle-body. The result is less under-hood clutter and lower weight, as well as quicker and more accurate throttle actuation. Plus, a specially programmed “gain” rate between the accelerator pedal and engine offers improved drivability and optimized engine response to suit specific driving conditions.
Honda’s Drive-by-Wire throttle system establishes the current driving conditions by monitoring throttle pedal position, throttle valve position, engine speed (rpm) and road speed. This information is used to define the throttle control sensitivity that gives the Passport’s accelerator pedal a predictable and responsive feel that meets driver expectations.
Direct Injection System
The direct-injection system enables increased torque across the engine’s full operating range along with higher fuel efficiency. The system features a compact, high-pressure, direct-injection pump that allows both high fuel flow and pulsation suppression, while variable pressure control optimizes injector operation. A multi-hole injector delivers fuel directly into each cylinder (not to the intake port, as in conventional port fuel injection designs), allowing for more efficient combustion.
The multi-hole injectors can create the ideal stoichiometric fuel/air mixture in the cylinders for good emissions control. Theoretically, a stoichiometric mixture has just enough air to completely burn the available fuel. Based on the operating conditions, the direct-injection system alters its function for best performance.
Direct Ignition and Detonation/Knock Control
An Electronic Control Unit (ECU) monitors engine functions to determine the best ignition spark timing. Two engine block-mounted acoustic detonation/knock sensors “listen” to the engine, and based on this input, the ECU can retard the ignition timing to prevent potentially damaging detonation. The 3.5-liter V6 has an ignition coil unit for each cylinder that is positioned within each spark plug’s access bore.
To help improve fuel efficiency, all Passports are equipped with Idle-Stop capability. When the system is enabled by the driver and certain operating conditions are met, the Idle-Stop system will automatically shut off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver releases the brake pedal after a stop.
The system has been engineered to operate smoothly and seamlessly. Fully integrated with the second-gear launch mode, its programming and brake pressure trigger ensure quick restarts when accelerating immediately after engine stop, making the system less noticeable in heavy traffic and similar driving situations. The air conditioning has been reconfigured as well to reduce engine restarts. Additionally, when in idle stop, the engine remains off after shifting to Park for a more intuitive driving experience. When stopped, a special cold storage evaporator in the air conditioning system helps maintain a comfortable cabin temperature even in warm weather. Honda Passport’s active engine mounts help smooth the restart. Idle-Stop operation is fully integrated into the operation of the Brake Hold system and available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
Idle-Stop can be turned on/off via a button on the center console, located at the bottom of the electronic gear selector array. The system will automatically turn itself off in certain circumstances, including:
- If the driver’s seatbelt is not fastened
- If the engine coolant and/or transmission fluid temperature is too high or low
- If the vehicle comes to a stop again before vehicle speed reaches 3 mph
- If the transmission is in a position other than “D”
- If the battery state of charge is low, or the battery temperature is below 14°F
- If the climate control system is on and the outside temperature is below -4°F
- If the rear HVAC fan is set to maximum speed
Close-Coupled Catalysts and High-Flow Exhaust System
The exhaust manifolds of the 3.5-liter V6 are cast directly into the aluminum cylinder heads to reduce weight, decrease parts count, and create more under-hood space. The result of this casting design is that the two primary catalytic converters are positioned much closer to the combustion chambers, enabling extremely rapid converter “light-off” after engine start. A significant weight savings is realized by eliminating traditional exhaust manifolds. Downstream of the close-coupled catalytic converters, a hydroformed 2-into-1 collector pipe carries exhaust gases to a secondary, underfloor catalytic converter.
The 3.5-liter V6 engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 3/Bin 125 and CARB LEV3/ULEV125 emissions standards and is certified to this level of emissions performance for 150,000 miles. A number of advanced technologies are factors in the emissions performance. The unique cylinder head-mounted close-coupled catalytic converters light off more quickly after engine start up, and a 32-bit RISC microprocessor within the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) boosts computing power to improve the precision of spark and fuel delivery.
The engine features Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) that continually adjusts the fuel delivery to yield the best combination of power, low fuel consumption and low emissions. Multiple sensors constantly monitor critical engine operating parameters such as intake air temperature, ambient air pressure, throttle position, intake airflow volume, intake manifold pressure, coolant temperature, exhaust-to-air ratios, as well as the position of the crankshaft and the camshafts.
To further improve emissions compliance, the 3.5-liter V6 makes use of an after-catalytic-converter exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system that allows cleaner, cooler EGR gas to be fed back into the intake system. An EGR system, especially one that delivers a cleaner, cooler charge, reduces pumping loss for better fuel efficiency.
Noise and Vibration Control
With its 60-degree V-angle and compact, rigid and lightweight die-cast aluminum cylinder block assembly, the 3.5-liter V6 power plant is exceptionally smooth during operation. Other factors that help reduce engine noise and vibration are a rigid forged-steel crankshaft, die-cast accessory mounts, and a stiff cast-aluminum oil pan that reduces cylinder block flex.
Active Control Engine Mounts
A powerful 34-volt Active Control Engine Mount system (ACM) is used to minimize the effects of engine vibration as the VCM system switches cylinders on and off. The 34-volt ACM is a key factor in the VCM’s broad range of operation in the new Passport. Sensors alert the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to direct ACM actuators positioned at the front and rear of the engine to cancel engine vibration using a reverse-phase motion.
100,000+/- Mile Tune-up Intervals
Passport’s 3.5-liter V6 requires no scheduled maintenance for 100,000+/- miles or more, other than periodic inspections and normal fluid and filter replacements. The first tune-up includes water pump inspection, valve adjustment, replacement of the camshaft timing belt, and the installation of new spark plugs.
Battery Management System
The Battery Management System (BMS) is designed to increase the overall service life of the battery, reduce the chance of a dead battery and help improve fuel efficiency. Should the owner accidentally leave the headlights on or fail to fully close a door causing an interior light to remain on, the BMS will automatically terminate power delivery after a set period of time to prevent the battery from being drained of power. As a result of the discharge protection afforded by the BMS, the battery should always have enough reserve capacity left to start the engine.
The engine makes use of a powerful 130-amp alternator that charges in two different ranges- a low 12-volt range and a high 14-volt range. By controlling the alternator charge voltage range, BMS works to keep the battery in a specific charge range, which can extend the service life of the battery by more than 25 percent. With BMS keeping the battery in a specific charge range, the alternator can run more often in the low range, which generates less drag on the engine resulting in improved fuel efficiency. Application of numerous electrical power reducing items (such as the use of efficient LED lighting and a special humidity control system that has an automatic air conditioning “off” function) allows the BMS to operate the alternator even more frequently in the more efficient low charge mode
Maintenance Minder™ System
To eliminate unnecessary service stops while ensuring that the vehicle is properly maintained, Passport has a Maintenance Minder™ system that continually monitors the vehicle’s operating condition. When maintenance is required, the driver is alerted via a message on the Multi-Information Display (MID).
The Maintenance Minder™ system monitors operating conditions such as oil and coolant temperature along with engine speed to determine the proper service intervals. Depending on operating conditions, oil change intervals can be extended to a maximum of 10,000 miles, potentially sparing the owner considerable expense and inconvenience over the life of the vehicle. The owner-resettable system monitors all normal service parts and systems, including oil and filter, tire rotation, air-cleaner, automatic transmission fluid, spark plugs, timing belt, coolant, brake pads and more. To reduce the potential for driver distraction, maintenance alerts are presented on the MID only when the ignition is first turned on, not while driving.
All 2019 Passports are equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission featuring steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. When in Drive and under light-to-moderate accelerator pedal application, the 9AT starts in second gear for smoother launch and more gradual acceleration. The transmission also defaults to second-gear launches when the Intelligent Traction Management (ITM) switch is in Snow mode. At full acceleration, with steep grades, in S mode, or with the ITM in Sand or Mud, the 9AT will start in first gear.
Honda Passport uses a fully electronic, shift-by-wire gear selector in place of a traditional gear selector lever. Park, Neutral, Drive and Sport are selected with the push of a button. Reverse is selected by pulling back a dedicated switch. Indicator lights near the buttons indicate the mode selected. As an added safety feature, if the vehicle is brought to a stop in Drive, the system will automatically select Park if the driver’s seatbelt is unbuckled and the driver’s door is opened. A steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter system lets the driver take manual control of transmission gear selection.
The 9-speed automatic transmission can be operated in two different fully automatic modes: the D (or “Drive”) mode is ideal for most driving situations and combines fuel efficiency with smooth operation and responsive power when needed; the Sport mode is for more performance-oriented driving and features more aggressive shift mapping to keep engine rpm higher for greater acceleration and response.
When in the D mode (optimized for normal driving), the transmission incorporates an advanced Grade Logic Control System, Shift Hold Control and Cornering G Shift Control – all of which reduce unwanted shifting and gear hunting. The result is smart transmission operation that optimizes fuel efficiency and keeps the transmission in the appropriate gear for driving conditions, generating excellent performance and smooth operation.
While ascending or descending hills, Grade Logic Control alters the transmission’s shift schedule to reduce shift frequency and improve speed control. The transmission ECU continually measures throttle position, vehicle speed and acceleration/deceleration to determine when the vehicle is on a hill. The shift schedule is then adjusted – during ascents to hold the transmission in lower gears to boost climbing power, and during descents to provide greater engine braking.
Shift Hold Control keeps the transmission in its current (lower) gear ratio during aggressive driving, as in the case of decelerating at a corner entry. Shift Hold Control leaves the chassis undisturbed by eliminating excess shifting and ensures that power will be immediately available (without a downshift) at the corner exit. Cornering G Shift Control monitors the speed of each rear wheel independently to determine when the vehicle is turning. When the system detects a sufficient speed differential between the rear wheels, it will suppress any unwanted upshifts. This prevents the transmission from upshifting during a corner, which could upset the chassis balance thus requiring downshifting again at the corner exit when the accelerator pedal is applied.
Temporary Manual Operation in Drive Mode
While in Drive mode, special transmission logic programming allows the use of the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. When the driver operates the paddle shifters, the transmission responds to the driver’s shift command and then returns to its normal fully automatic mode if further paddle shift inputs are not made within a few seconds depending upon driving conditions. This special logic makes it easy for the driver to command a quick downshift without leaving the convenience of Drive mode.
By selecting “S” mode on the 9-speed transmission, Sport mode is engaged. This mode offers automatic operation with more aggressive shift mapping. A pull on the racing-inspired paddle shifters (mounted on the steering wheel) places the transmission in fully manual mode until another mode of operation is selected (e.g., switched to Drive mode). A digital display in the instrument cluster indicates which gear the transmission is in.
A double-kick-down feature lets the driver command a sporty double downshift – such as from fifth to third gear. By pulling on the left downshift paddle twice in rapid succession, the transmission will drop directly to the chosen lower gear ratio. The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system also creates a “blip” of the throttle to help match gear speeds while downshifting.
To prevent harm to the powertrain when the transmission is paddle shifted by the driver (including during double-kick-down shifts), the system will inhibit potentially damaging shifts. As an added safety measure, the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) can also cut off fuel to the engine to prevent over-revving. If fuel cut-off is insufficient to prevent engine over-revving, as may be possible when the vehicle is on a steep downhill, the transmission will automatically upshift to prevent damage. On downshifts, the transmission will not execute a driver command that will over-rev the engine.
For improved stop-and-go performance and to help prevent “lugging” the engine, the Sequential SportShift transmission will automatically downshift to first gear even though the transmission has been left in a higher gear, (except in second gear) as the vehicle comes to a stop. In Manual Mode, when coming to a stop in second gear, the vehicle will restart in second gear as well.
Both shift performance and smoothness are improved by cooperative control between the Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system and the electronically controlled, Sequential SportShift automatic transmission. The engine is throttled by the engine management system during upshifts and downshifts; thus, the function of the engine and transmission can be closely choreographed for faster, smoother shifting. As a result, the peak g-forces (or “shift shock”) are reduced significantly during upshifts and downshifts.
Drivetrain Architecture and Features
Passport offers standard 2-wheel drive. With its efficient and lightweight design, the Passport system drives the front wheels to make a significant contribution to overall fuel efficiency. Operation in Snow Mode, using the Intelligent Traction Management System, adjusts the drive-by wire map, transmission shift map and Vehicle Stability Assist™ for the best performance.
Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) AWD System
Honda Passport’s available Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) all-wheel-drive system includes an all-new electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated rear differential. The system progressively distributes optimum torque between the front and rear axles (up to 70% to the rear) and dynamically distributes engine torque between the left and right rear wheels. The benefits of the system are superior all-weather handling and neutral, accurate steering under power that is unmatched by front-drive, rear-drive or conventional all-wheel-drive systems.
By rotating the outside rear wheel faster than the front wheels while cornering, Passport’s AWD system uses torque vectoring to create a yaw moment to help turn the vehicle through the corner – reducing understeer and improving controllability. With cornering forces more evenly distributed between front and rear tires, overall cornering power is increased in all road conditions.
Vehicles with high power ratings using conventional front or rear drive systems often employ a limited-slip differential to help maintain traction when under power. By linking inside and outside drive wheels, these systems tend to resist turning and can increase understeer. Conventional AWD and AWD systems similarly work to link the inboard and outboard wheels as well as the front and rear wheels, which can create resistance to turning. Most competing vehicles in the Passport segment utilize an open rear differential and individual rear-wheel braking to distribute rear-wheel torque from left to right. Using dynamic, hydraulically actuated left-to-right rear wheel torque vectoring to help turn the vehicle, Honda Passport’s AWD system delivers more responsive, neutral and predictable handling performance while providing outstanding all-weather handling and control.
Additionally, i-VTM4™ helps Passport maintain traction in off-road situations. The system works to send power to the wheels that have the most traction in off-road conditions, unlike open-differential AWD systems that can leave low-traction wheels spinning. Even in extreme situations where one wheel is off the ground, i-VTM4™ sends power to the wheel in contact with the ground to pull Passport through and ensure momentum.
Controls and Parameters
The i-VTM4™ system works in cooperation with the Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) system and Agile Handling Assist to optimize torque distribution for superior handling and traction utilization. The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) provides information on engine torque, airflow and transmission gear-ratio selection, while the VSA® ECU provides wheel-speed data. The AWD ECU also monitors steering angle, steering angle rate of change, lateral G-forces, vehicle yaw rate and hydraulic clutch pressure for the right and left rear axle shafts. Drive torque is calculated from ECU information, and then the acceleration situation, wheel spin, lateral G-force, steering angle and steering angle rate-of-change are used to determine the front-to-rear torque distribution and the torque split between right and left rear wheels. This adds up to a 46-percent faster system response time. i-VTM4™ operating parameters include:
- Up to 100 percent of available torque can be transferred to the front wheels during normal cruising.
- In hard cornering and under acceleration, up to 70 percent of available torque can be directed to the rear wheels to enhance vehicle dynamics.
- Up to 100 percent of the torque sent to the rear axle can be applied to either the left or right rear wheel, depending on conditions.
Passport’s AWD system is a full-time system that requires no driver interaction or monitoring, thanks to a torque-transfer unit that is bolted directly to the front-mounted transaxle. The torque-transfer unit receives torque from a helical gear that is attached to the front differential’s ring gear, and a short horizontal shaft and hypoid gear set within the torque-transfer unit’s case send power to the rear propeller shaft, which in turn transfers power to the rear drive unit. The lightweight rear drive unit is constantly overdriven by 2.7 percent. The resulting overdrive effect is regulated by left- and right-side clutch packs (located in the rear differential) that independently control the power delivered to each rear wheel. The significant overdrive percentage in Honda Passport means that the torque vectoring effect is pronounced and effective even in corners with a radius of as little as 49.2 feet (15 meters). This means that torque vectoring can be felt when accelerating aggressively through a typical corner.
Hydraulically operated clutch systems mounted on either side of the hypoid gear that drives the rear axles control the amount of torque sent to each rear wheel and provide a limited-slip differential function when needed. The clutches can be controlled as a pair to alter front/rear torque split or they can be controlled independently to allow 100 percent of available rear axle torque to go to just one rear wheel. A single electric motor powers a pair of hydraulic pumps – one for each clutch pack. An Electronic Control Unit (ECU) controlled linear solenoid valve selectively sends pressure to the clutch packs, which in turn control the amount of power sent to each rear wheel. The clutch packs and their friction material are carefully designed to withstand the small amount of continuous slip between front and rear axles created by the 2.7-percent speed differential – all while delivering the durability expected of a Honda product.
Intelligent Traction Management System
The 2019 Passport features an available push-button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System that offers four different AWD operating modes: Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand; and two 2WD modes: Normal and Snow. Developed, tuned and tested at various locations in the U.S. and around the world – including Imperial Dunes “Glamis,” California; Moscow, Russia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates – the Intelligent Traction Management system allows the driver to select the operating mode that best suits the driving conditions by simply pushing a button on the vehicle’s center console. System information and an animated selected mode icon is shown on the color Multi-Information Display. Based on the setting selected, the system adjusts the Drive-by-Wire™ map, transmission shift map, i-VTM4™ power distribution and Vehicle Stability Assist™ for optimal performance in varying road or surface conditions.
The 2019 Passport offers distinctive, rugged styling that captures the essence of its role as an adventure vehicle. The blackout grille and headlights, and black wheel arches are durable and rugged looking, yet the available multi-element LED headlights and floating roof treatment give Passport an air of urban sophistication. Honda Passport is also constructed of a wide array of advanced materials such as ultra-high-strength hot-stamped steel, aluminum and magnesium to minimize weight while adding strength and enhancing rigidity and collision safety performance. The body features a small frontal area and low coefficient of drag for better fuel efficiency and interior quietness, and the high torsional rigidity helps improve ride and handling. Interior quietness and overall noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) is further improved by the use of acoustic windshield glass on EX-L trims with the addition of acoustic front and rear door windows on the Touring and Elite trims.
Passport’s 111.0-inch wheelbase provides excellent ride comfort, both around town and on the trail. The long wheelbase also contributes to Passport’s excellent rear seat roominess. Shorter than Pilot by six inches, Passport nonetheless offers buyers top-of-class cargo space behind the rear seatbacks, with an additional 2.5 cu. ft. of hidden storage beneath the reversible cargo floor. Honda Passport’s additional ground clearance compared to Pilot gives it better approach, breakover, and departure angles for superior off-road capability.
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
The 2019 Passport’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is the second generation of Honda’s proprietary ACE structural design. ACE is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. It uses a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, helping to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. It can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash as well. ACE also helps reduce the chances that one vehicle will override or underride another, improving crash compatibility of vehicles that differ in size. ACE goes further by offering additional strength and protection in small overlap frontal collisions, which are among the most severe. Multiple material grades, including ultra-high-strength steel, are used in the Passport’s body construction to help optimize safety performance.
Utilizing Honda’s Global Light Truck Platform structure, Passport offers excellent torsional rigidity, resulting in class-leading dynamic performance along with a high level of cabin quietness. The platform imparts safety benefits as well, leading Honda Passport to target a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Located under the front floor is a new “3-Bone” structure that improves impact load management, directing energy around the passenger cabin in the event of a frontal collision. The structure creates three different load pathways, or “backbones,” that channel collision energy. One channels collision forces from the front of the vehicle directly underneath the passenger cabin; the other two channel collision forces under the vehicle’s left and right-side frames. The result is an improved capability to safely channel energy during a frontal crash.
Optimized Material Grades
Multiple material grades are used in the body construction to achieve excellent overall vehicle dynamics, optimize safety performance, and lower NVH. Materials range from seven different grades of steel, including premium high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel used in the unit-body; an aluminum hood and front bumper-reinforcement beam; and a cast-magnesium steering hanger beam. All were chosen to achieve the best combination of strength, rigidity, dynamic performance and light weight. Fully 61.5 percent of the body structure is composed of advanced materials, including the application of ultra-high-strength steel to 21.3 percent of the body.
Key Engineering Features
Passport features advanced body design and material characteristics that significantly improve overall rigidity, while reducing weight. This directly helps improve overall vehicle dynamics, crash safety performance, interior quietness, and long-term durability.
Ultra-High-Strength Door Rings
The new Passport has 1500-megapascals (MPa) ultra-high-strength steel door reinforcement beams and ultra-high-strength front door outer stiffener rings made of 1500-MPa hot-stamped steel. Laser welded and significantly stronger than ordinary steel, the ultra-high-strength steel reinforcements are designed to help better protect occupants in a frontal or side impact. Their increased strength allows the components to be made lighter, which also reduces overall vehicle weight for improved fuel efficiency.
Rigid Liftgate Opening Ring
The strength of the “liftgate ring” (the circular metal structure surrounding the liftgate) is vitally important for good vehicle handling, stability and ride quality. The liftgate ring contributes increased torsional rigidity, benefiting ride, handling and NVH. In addition, the liftgate ring connects structurally to the rear suspension fitting points, further improving overall body stiffness and providing the rear suspension with a more solid mounting structure.
Body stiffness and therefore safety performance and NVH is further enhanced through the use of structural foam inserts in key locations. These include the left and right B-pillar stiffeners and inside a bracket that connects the left and right-side center frames under the front floor.
Cast Magnesium Steering Hanger Beam
Located behind the instrument panel, Passport’s cast magnesium steering hanger beam serves as a structural attachment point for the steering column, pedals and instrument panel, as well as a structural element that helps the passenger cabin retain its shape in certain collisions.
The cast magnesium steering hanger beam offers several advantages compared to the previous steel unit:
- Simpler construction – created from a single casting instead of multiple different extrusions and stampings, the new magnesium steering hanger beam offers more precise construction.
- Lighter weight – the magnesium steering hanger beam saves 7.5 pounds compared to a comparable steel component, contributing to improved ride and handling, fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
- Better fit and finish – the exacting tolerances of the magnesium steering hanger beam allow for more precise location of the instrument panel for improved fit and finish.
The Honda Passport body structure also utilizes composite materials to further reduce weight while enhancing rigidity and noise damping. One example is inside the hollow B-pillars, where composite stiffeners, together with the structural foam mentioned earlier, help improve body rigidity. Another example is the base that supports Passport’s battery. Created from a single composite molding, it holds the battery securely while saving weight compared to steel design.
Aluminum Front Bumper Beam
The aluminum front bumper beam enhances structural integrity.
Overall visibility benefits from narrow A- and B-pillars, increasing total outward visibility for the driver from 285.5 degrees. The driver’s situational awareness is further enhanced by features such as the standard Expanded View Driver’s Mirror and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, and available blind spot information (BSI) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Treatments
Passport incorporates a multitude of design features to mitigate noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). All Passports feature strategically placed body sealants and rear door acoustic foam barriers for additional sound attenuation. Additional front door barriers added on Touring and Elite grades. Additional NVH enhancements on all models include acoustic separators applied to the lower front portion of the doorframe, upper inside and upper outside portions of the A-pillar, the lower portion of the B-pillar, the rear portion of the rear doorframe, the outboard locations of the rear cross member, and the upper portion of the C-pillar. Further treatment for all models includes sound absorbers in the rear side linings, acoustic treatment on the rear wheelhouse liners and sound insulation in the liftgate. Wheel resonators are incorporated on Touring and Elite grades. Thicker, sound-insulating acoustic glass further aids overall cabin quietness that is now among the best in class.
Special acoustic laminated windshield glass is used on the EX-L and above trims to help reduce noise entering the cabin. Tuned specifically to attenuate wind-noise frequencies, the windshield glass uses an outer layer of 2.0mm safety glass, a 0.7mm thick middle layer of acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and a 1.8mm inner layer for a total thickness of 4.5mm. The windshield also incorporates UV light-absorbing technology. In addition, all trims have 5.0mm tempered front and rear door glass.
Touring and Elite trims are further advanced with acoustic 4.8mm laminated front door glass. All Honda Passport models have 3.1mm thick liftgate glass. The EX-L, Touring and Elite’s front power moonroof uses 3.5mm glass.
The 19.5-gallon fuel tank is molded of high-density polyethylene for low weight, freedom from corrosion and for impact resistance. It is positioned ahead of the rear wheels (and over the propeller shaft in AWD models) to help guard against collision damage. The shape of the tank is designed to diminish the likelihood of sloshing-fuel noise. The polyethylene filler pipe and fuel lines are lightweight, and resistant to corrosion and fuel vapor losses. A high-efficiency fuel pump is housed inside the fuel tank, and the fuel filter is a lifetime design that never needs replacement.
The 2019 Passport utilizes Honda’s Global Light Truck Platform, developed to provide exceptionally high levels of ride comfort and confidence-inspiring handling and braking performance, while also making critical contributions to the outstanding interior space, fuel efficiency and safety performance. Working in conjunction with Passport’s rigid, lightweight and sound-insulating body structure the chassis features quicker steering for a more responsive feel, low-profile tires on 20-inch wheels for better on-road handling, and additional ride height for improved approach, breakover, and departure angles. Passport’s driving dynamics are enhanced by its low weight and center of mass, available 265/45R20 tires, and excellent horsepower and torque.
The stiff body structure allows for flexibility in optimizing the suspension tuning to deliver significant gains in both dynamic handling performance and better isolation of road noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The suspension includes Amplitude Reactive Dampers, further enhancing the ride, enabling extremely low NVH, and sharpening cornering performance. Standard 20-inch alloy wheels and low-profile 20-inch tires further improve steering response and overall agility. While more athletic, Honda Passport’s chassis also uses low-drag brakes and low rolling-resistance tires for lower running resistance. Additionally, the improved ride height and shorter rear overhang gives Passport an additional degree of off-road ability compared to Pilot, satisfying customers who want both a comfortable and roomy midsize SUV for around town, but still need true off-road capability.
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Passport’s independent front and rear suspension systems are engineered to provide long wheel travel and excellent compliance for a supple ride, together with the precise damping and spring rates needed for excellent handling and a sporty driving feel. Yet the same system is designed to deliver excellent off-road durability and performance, without compromising on-road comfort.
At the front is a strut-type system with forged-aluminum lower control arms, hydraulic bushings, coil springs and a solid stabilizer bar. This setup uses moderate spring rates, relatively firm damping and specially tuned bushings for a smooth, controlled ride with exceptional cornering abilities. The upper front damper mounts provide a “triple path” load-bearing system that helps absorb road vibration and harshness.
At the rear is a compact multi-link design with a tubular stabilizer bar. This multi-link system allows a generous amount of wheel travel and excellent compliance for a supple ride, together with confident cornering and handling. All rear suspension control arms are steel – including the high-strength steel upper and lower control arms.
Passport’s chassis structure transmits suspension loads to the rigid body side frame, allowing for more aggressive tuning of suspension bushings to aid both ride comfort and handling precision. The transmission of road vibration to the rear seats is also significantly reduced. Further, the elimination of the forward trailing arm allows for underfloor placement of the spare tire along with 2.5 cu ft of underfloor storage space.
Honda Passport’s engine, transmission, and front and rear suspension systems are mounted on rigid steel subframes. These subframes attach to the unit body at rubber-isolated mounting points that help keep powertrain and road noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) out of the passenger cabin. Two of the rear subframe mounts are filled with specially tuned hydraulic fluid for maximum effectiveness. Permanently sealed, they require no scheduled maintenance. The rear subframe is particularly sophisticated, with hydroformed side elements for maximum strength and minimal weight.
Amplitude Reactive Dampers
Amplitude Reactive Dampers provide superior ride comfort and handling in all driving conditions. The dampers have two separate hydraulic circuits – one tuned to optimize the ride quality on smooth roads with relatively small irregularities, and the other tuned to handle large inputs resulting from rough roads or large steering and braking inputs. As a result, Passport retains a comfortable ride when cruising, and remains secure and stable in corners, with reduced body roll.
The Amplitude Reactive Dampers are a purely mechanical system that does not require electronic controls. The primary Amplitude Reactive Damper technology consists of two separate damping pistons: a main piston and a second piston. To improve overall ride comfort, when smaller inputs occur during normal driving conditions, only the main piston works to provide the ideal damping characteristics. To improve Passport’s ride and handling on rougher surfaces and during more aggressive driving, the second piston operates to provide additional damping force.
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Standard on all Passports, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) initiates steering inputs that prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction during cornering and in slippery road conditions. The system works with Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) and Electric Power Steering, helping to stabilize the vehicle under braking and also help mitigate understeer and oversteer.
The new Honda Passport utilizes a 15.87 steering ratio, approximately 10-percent quicker than Pilot’s steering. This offers increased agility in all forms of driving, while also complimenting the functionality of the torque-vectoring rear axle on the AWD models. With 3.04 turns lock to lock and a 39.3-foot curb-to-curb turning diameter (AWD), Passport is responsive to steering commands and maneuverable in tight spaces.
The steering column is located by a new cast magnesium steering hanger beam. Rigid and lightweight, the steering hanger beam is a structural member that directly contributes to improved handling and NVH performance.
Four-Wheel Disc Braking System with Electronic Brake Distribution
The 2019 Passport has 4-wheel disc brakes with a 4-channel anti-lock braking system for a powerful and linear brake feel and confident stops in a wide range of driving conditions. The ventilated front discs are 12.6 inches in diameter and use 2-piston calipers, while the solid rear discs are 13.0 inches in diameter and have single-piston calipers. The calipers utilize a spring-loaded mechanism to maintain separation between the brake pads and rotor to reduce brake drag when not in use, reducing rolling resistance and improving fuel efficiency in the process.
For optimum performance with widely varying loads, Honda Passport has Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) system technology. EBD monitors braking force and adjusts front-to-rear brake effort to achieve maximum braking performance and stability. At the rear, a select-low braking strategy is used to help maintain directional stability in slippery driving. In the event one rear wheel verges on lock-up, triggering a pressure modulation at that wheel, brake pressure is also diminished at the adjoining wheel to help preserve the rear axle’s lateral stability. The parking brake is set by stepping on a pedal located on the left side of the driver’s foot well, freeing space in the center console area. It is released by pressing again on the set pedal.
ABS with Brake Assist
The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) independently modulates braking power at each wheel to help the driver retain steering control during heavy braking. The Brake Assist system recognizes emergency braking situations and almost instantly applies full braking force when appropriate to help shorten braking distance.
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is an Electronic Stability Control system that works in conjunction with the Passport’s Drive-by-Wire throttle and its 4-channel ABS systems to enhance control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering or when the driver makes a sudden maneuver. VSA® also provides a limited-slip differential effect for the driving wheels by applying braking force to a slipping wheel, thereby redirecting driving force to the wheel with more traction. While the driver can reduce the traction control effectiveness allowing more wheel slip during stuck condition by pressing the VSA® button, ABS remains fully operational at all times.
Trailer Stability Assist
Standard on all Passport trims, Trailer Stability Assist helps enhance vehicle stability while a trailer is being towed. An integral part of Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), Trailer Stability Assist detects trailer oscillations that can result from improper loading, excessive speed, adverse road conditions, crosswinds or emergency-avoidance maneuvers.
When such oscillations are detected, Trailer Stability Assist automatically activates to help damp the oscillations before they can increase and further upset the stability of the vehicle and trailer.
Wheels and Tires
All 2019 Passports come standard with 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The Sport and Elite trims feature black painted wheels, while EX-L and Touring trims use grey-painted wheels.
Honda Passport Sport and EX-L trims come with 245/50 R20 all-season (M+S) tires, while Touring and Elite trims have wide 265/45 R20 all-season (M+S) tires for enhanced driving performance.
All Passport trims include a spare tire mounted under the cargo area. Not only does it not intrude on cargo space, but it affords an additional 2.5 cu. ft. of hidden cargo storage under the reversible cargo floor.
Low Running Resistance
In addition to improvements in powertrain efficiency and vehicle aerodynamics, key engineering features for reduced running resistance include:
- Tires with reduced rolling resistance.
- Brake calipers that are designed to reduce drag when not in use, helping reduce rolling resistance.
- A new lightweight, low-drag wheel bearing design further improves overall driving efficiency.
Agile Handling Assist
Standard on all Passport trims, Agile Handling Assist selectively uses the vehicle’s brakes to improve initial turning response and overall cornering ability. Agile Handling Assist utilizes brake vectoring to improve corner traceability and confident handling feel. By applying braking force to the inside wheels during cornering at high lateral G, the system creates a yaw moment, thus generating more turning force and reducing understeer.
A key component of Passport’s design is off-road capability, and Honda engineers put thorough measures to ensure Honda Passport would exceed customer expectations. The design criteria were based on research at different off-road areas around the world. This research was the foundation for specific minimum performance criteria for Passport, including approach and departure angles notably more aggressive than Pilot.
The available i-VTM4™ AWD system with Intelligent Traction Management helps Passport meet off-road challenges without the need for low-range gears. The system is designed for “decision free” operation, meaning that the driver does not need to actively choose when to engage all-wheel-drive. The system is always active and ready to proportion rear wheel torque as needed.
When equipped with a Honda dealer-installed accessory towing package, 2WD Passports can tow up to 3,500 lbs. The available towing package includes a Class III hitch, towing kit, and wiring harness. Adding a Honda dealer-installed ATF cooler increases the towing capacity to 5,000 lbs. for AWD models. When not being used for towing, the hitch can double as an attachment point for a genuine Honda accessory bicycle rack.
The 2019 Honda Passport combines rugged styling cues, like its blackout grille and wheel arch trim, with modern styling sensibilities like LED headlights for a look that’s equally at home on the trail as it is around town. Passport is the most rugged of Honda’s light trucks yet, emphasized by its higher ride height and standard 20-inch wheels and 245/50R20 all-weather tires. Sporty styling cues like high-contrast headlights and black wheels (Sport & Elite), LED headlight accents, black trim, and chrome exhaust finishers hint at Passport’s around-town sophistication. Trim-exclusive wheel designs are available across the lineup, and Touring and Elite trims offer wider 265/45R20 tires as standard equipment.
The front end incorporates a blackout treatment that includes the grille, headlights, and fog light housings. Bolder and more rugged than other Honda SUV models, it perfectly conveys the sense of adventure that underscores Honda Passport’s mission. The grille incorporates a blacked out version of the Honda “wing” grille design that extends over the standard low-beam LED headlights. The matte finish lower on the vehicle helps resist scratches from off-road excursions, and can also be found on the wheel wells, lower body, and rear bumper trim. Black touches around the fog light housings and across the liftgate give Passport a touch of urban sophistication to balance the rugged styling.
The headlight lenses blend with the rest of the body work, and all Passport trims feature low-beam LED headlights. On Elite and Touring trims, Honda Passport features multiple-element inline LED headlights for high and low beams. The roof features a drag-reducing spoiler over the rear hatch. The sloping rear hatch looks sporty, while still giving Passport excellent cargo space. On Touring and Elite trims, roof rails are also standard.
Along the body sides, another crisp character line extends from the front wheel arches up and rearward through Passport’s rear door handles, further lending the impression of a vehicle in swift flight. Meanwhile, the side sills and lower doors underline Passport’s wide, firmly planted stance, visually anchoring Honda Passport to the road. Also notable is the raised ride height relative to Pilot, further emphasizing Passport’s ruggedness. The raised height also gives Passport wider approach and breakover angles to better tackle challenging off-road terrain. In back, the widely set LED taillights further emphasize Passport’s width, while the black strip under the rear glass ties together the separate elements for a cohesive look. In back, the shortened rear overhang gives Honda Passport an excellent departure angle.
Liftgate Design and Features
The top-hinged liftgate is lightweight and features a wide opening for easy access to the cargo area. The liftgate glass incorporates an electric defogger system, activated by a button on the dash, along with an intermittent rear wiper and washer nozzle.
Passport EX-L and above trims come with a power liftgate designed with a spindle-type strut on the left side. This “active” strut contains a small electric motor and planetary gear set. Fully sealed, the spindle-type strut lends the liftgate area a cleaner appearance while also helping to improve cargo room.
The power liftgate can be operated via the remote key fob, from a button on the driver’s door panel, a button above the rear license plate (for opening) or from a button located inside the liftgate (for closing). On Touring and Elite trims, the liftgate features hands-free access operation. With the remote key fob in their pocket or handbag, the driver simply kicks their foot under a designated area of the rear bumper. The liftgate then opens without the owner needing to use their hands–very useful for occasions when their hands are full.
The new Passport incorporates a wide range of available light-emitting diode (LED) exterior lighting features, including LED taillights, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED low-beam projector headlights, and full LED headlights (high- and low-beams) on Touring and Elite trims.
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
All Passport trims have bright, distinctive LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL). A signature design feature of Passport, the DRLs utilize a wing shape positioned above and beside the round projector low-beams. Shaped to match the rugged look of Honda Passport, the LED DRL array is wider at the side and thinner on top, gradually tapering as it moves toward the inside of the headlight lens. Stylistically, the DRLs strongly and clearly define Passport’s front corners.
LED Projector Headlights and LED Taillights
On Passport Sport and EX-L trims, LED low-beam projector headlights provide improved nighttime illumination and visibility compared to contemporary high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights. Besides improving driver confidence and passive safety, the LED headlights use less energy, helping to enhance fuel efficiency by reducing engine loads. In addition, the LED headlights last up to three times longer than HID headlights and up to six times longer than halogen headlights – contributing to less frequent replacement and the associated cost savings. An auto on/off function is included as standard, and the low-beams are also keyed to the remote key fob operation. Touring and Elite trims features a multi-element LED headlight design that uses LED illumination for high-and low-beam operation. All 2019 Passport trims feature LED taillights that hug the outside of the hatch area, emphasizing the width of the liftgate.
Windshield Wipers with Rain Sensing
On Elite trims, the 2019 Passport includes rain-sensing wipers that automatically activate if water is detected on the windshield. Designed to cover the maximum possible windshield area, the left (driver) and right (front passenger) windshield wipers are 25.6 inches and 23.6 inches long, respectively. The rear wiper is 13.8 inches long.
All 2019 Honda Passport trims are available in eight exterior colors, including two metallic and six pearl colors. All colors have a strong character, offering expressive contrasts that complement Passport’s body-panel curves and angles, while also exhibiting a smart, premium appearance.
The 2019 Passport’s spacious cabin, offering best-in-class passenger space and total interior volume, delivers on the expectations of today’s SUV buyers with exceptional levels of premium quality, advanced technology and adventure-oriented utility. Standard premium features include a digital driver’s meter, tri-zone automatic climate control, Smart Entry and Smart Start, and multi-angle rearview camera. Additional available features including Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. Behind the rear seats, Passport features a lift-up cargo floor, covering an additional 2.5 cu. ft. of compartmented storage for dirty or valuable items, such as sporting equipment, that one might want to conceal. Available accessory storage bins can be added for ease of cleanup and to store specialty items like a hitch ball, hitch key or wheel lock key.
Honda Passport’s interior features high-quality, soft-touch materials and premium touches throughout, including a leatherette upper dash with stitch pattern and available LED accent lighting. The instrumentation uses a 7-inch color TFT screen to display a wide variety of information content. Not only does it display typical vehicle functions such as vehicle speed and RPM, the TFT meter includes a Multi-Information Display (MID) with customizable features, such as audio system information, a detailed trip computer, phone information, and turn-by-turn route guidance on Passport models equipped with navigation. Drivers navigate the TFT using steering wheel controls, designed for intuitive operation, such as Bluetooth® phone buttons that are more easily distinguished by touch. The centrally-located 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen features a simplified interface with large icons that are easy to see and use at a glance. Fit, finish and materials have received close attention, and soft leather seating is standard on EX-L and higher trims.
Passport’s interior palette is sophisticated and coordinated and is offered in black or gray colors – fabric on Sport, leather in the EX-L, Touring and Elite (black headliner on all models).
Versatile, Spacious Cabin
Passport’s interior owes much to the acclaimed comfort and user-friendly design of the larger Honda Pilot. Passport offers best-in-class interior passenger volume and overall interior volume, with a generous rear seat that offers top-of-class headroom and legroom. The one-touch power tilt and slide sunroof on EX-L and higher trims adds to the feeling of spaciousness.
Honda Passport’s cargo area is designed with versatile utility in mind. There’s a generous 41.2 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats, easily accessible with the power liftgate on EX-L and higher trims, including hands-free access on Touring and Elite trims. Under the cargo floor is 2.5 cu.-ft. of additional hidden storage space, ideal for keeping valuables out of sight, or storing dirty gear. Next to the main cargo floor near the back are two large bins, each big enough to hold a gallon of milk or other items. A 12-volt power outlet is positioned in the cargo area for greater convenience on EX-L trims and above.
Passport’s cargo floor is a two-piece design. The rearmost portion flips up easily to reveal the “every day” hidden storage compartment underneath. Lift up the entire floor to reveal additional hidden storage, all of it easily accessible from the rear of the vehicle thanks to the smart placement of the spare tire under the cargo floor near the rear seatbacks.
The rear seats can be folded with the push of a button from the cargo area, or the 2nd row recline handle, revealing a total of up to 77.9 cu.-ft. of cargo room behind the front seats.
Multi-Function Center Console
The center console is specially engineered to offer tremendous versatility and utility with a range of convenient storage features for the driver and front passenger. Up front, it has a smartphone tray and a pair of cupholders alongside the push-button gear selector. The main storage compartment is topped by a sliding, seamless tambour door that disappears from view when opened. When closed, it creates a large, rigid and flat surface for holding larger items, such as a hand bag or knapsack. Inside is a sliding smartphone tray, along with a 12-volt power outlet and USB and auxiliary jacks. The interior compartment is large enough to accommodate up to five iPad® tablets. The rear of the center console includes automatic climate controls for the rear seat passengers.
The steering wheel, leather-wrapped on EX-L trims and above, incorporates the most commonly used controls, allowing the driver to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
In all trims, the steering wheel offers a wide range of manual tilt and telescopic adjustment. Bluetooth® and audio system controls are located on the left side of the steering wheel; cruise control and Multi-Information Display (MID) controls are on the right side. Controls for LKAS and ACC are located on the right side of the steering wheel as well. On all trims, tucked out of view but within fingertip reach are a pair of paddle shifters that allow for manual operation of the 9-speed transmission. A heated steering wheel is standard in the Passport Elite.
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
Passport EX-L, Touring and Elite trims feature a power tilting and sliding moonroof with a manual sunshade. To tilt or slide the moonroof, the driver or front passenger needs only to fully press the ceiling-mounted switch once (instead of pressing and holding it for several seconds). The moonroof fully opens or closes automatically. However, if the operator wishes to only partially open or close the moonroof (such as to achieve partial ventilation), a lighter touch yields fully manual control. The moonroof can also tilt to provide ventilation. An auto-reverse feature is built in, helping to mitigate the possibility of a pinched finger or limb. If the moonroof motor’s sensor detects a threshold level of mechanical resistance, indicating a possible obstruction, the motor will automatically reverse and reopen the moonroof.
Power Windows, Locks and Mirrors
Power windows are standard equipment on all Passports and include auto-up and -down operation on the driver’s and front passenger’s windows. Power door locks and power mirrors are standard equipment on all Honda Passport models. All Passport models come equipped with smart entry and push-button ignition, and Passport EX-L and higher trims come with Walk-Away Auto Lock. Passport EX-L and above also include heated exterior mirrors.
To provide more flexible shading from the sun, all Passports come equipped with sliding driver and front passenger sunvisors that can be extended 6.1inches along their mounting shaft, a distance that provides perpendicular shade for the eyes even when the front seats are in their rear-most position.
Rear Sliding Sun Shades
For increased rear-seat privacy, reduced solar loading and glare, Honda Passport EX-L trims and higher have manually operated sunshades for each rear-door side window. The shades attach to hooks at the top of the window frame and allow the window to be opened even when in use. The shades slide into the door when not in use.
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Passport EX-L, Touring and Elite trims feature an electro chromatic interior rearview mirror that automatically dims during nighttime driving to reduce glare from the headlights of following vehicles.
All Passport trims benefit from instrumentation comprised of a colorful 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display that offers an expanded range of informational content. In addition to normal vehicle functions, the TFT instrumentation has customizable features and can display phone and audio information, turn-by-turn route guidance (when equipped with navigation) a compass (also with navigation) and much more.
The gauge package progressively illuminates to give the driver a welcoming feel upon entry. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting illuminates and then brightens progressively to 100-percent illumination when the ignition is switched on. The illuminated instrument panel then comes alive, indicating that the car is ready to go. At the end of the drive, the instrument lighting dims progressively.
Multi-Information Display (MID)
Passport’s instrument panel provides important vehicle information and infotainment system content via an integrated Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned centrally in the instrument display. Controls positioned on the steering wheel allow the driver to cycle the MID display through multiple screens of information from sources including trip computer, phone, audio, maintenance and more. The Maintenance Minder™ system alerts the driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the MID and should a fault occur with the vehicle, specific warning information will appear. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires.
Advanced and Intuitive Instrumentation and Controls
All important systems and controls in Honda Passport are positioned within easy reach of the driver. Controls for the systems used most frequently – audio, cruise control, Bluetooth®, available navigation system with voice recognition and Multi-Information Display – are conveniently positioned on the steering wheel. The main instrumentation is an easy-to-read analog design, supplemented with digital and graphic displays. Typical of Honda interior design, the soft-touch switchgear is engineered to deliver a high-quality feel and positive action. A standard multi-angle camera provides a choice of three different views, with EX-L trims and higher featuring dynamic guidelines for easier maneuverability.
Complementing the remote entry system is a standard engine-immobilizer system. A special electronically coded key prevents the car from being started-even if a mechanical duplicate of the key is used. A transponder, built into the key, signals the immobilizer control unit that the key is genuine. If the car is hot-wired, or an unauthorized key is used, the engine will not start.
The standard 9-speed automatic uses a fully electronic, shift-by-wire gear selector. Park, Neutral, Drive and Sport are selected with the push of a button.
Comfort & Convenience
The 2019 Passport offers premium comfort and convenience features for driver and passengers, whether your adventure is a night under the stars or a night out on the town. Passport can recognize two different driver’s settings and adjust for them before the driver even enters the car. The rear seatbacks fold with the push of a button in the cargo area, ideal when loading larger objects in a hurry. Three-zone automatic climate control is standard, and drivers can further opt for heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats as well. Passport also includes features such as Hill Start Assist that helps the driver pull away from a stop while facing up hill, and standard Smart Entry and Push Button ignition.
Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop
Passport offers the upscale convenience of Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop.
Included on all trims, the Smart Entry system simplifies approaching, entering and operating Honda Passport – especially when the driver has his or her hands full. To gain entry to the vehicle, the driver simply pulls one of the two front door handles while the remote is in his or her possession.
Push Button Start/Stop
On all trims, once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the driver simply pushes the START/STOP button positioned on the instrument panel while pressing the brake pedal to start the vehicle. Powertrain operation and certain electrical functions are ended when the START/STOP button is pressed again at the conclusion of the drive. For accessory mode the driver simply presses the START/STOP button without pressing the brake pedal. The new Passport’s START/STOP button features a pulsating light to help the driver more easily locate the button.
Remote Engine Start
All Passport models feature standard remote engine start. This enables drivers to start their Passport in advance of the drive, thereby activating the climate control system with a target temperature of 72 degrees before they get to the vehicle – perfect for hot or cold days. The system can provide owners with the comfort of a pre-warmed vehicle on a cold winter morning – or a pre-cooled interior on hot days. The system will automatically operate the heater, front and rear defrosters, front heated seats (if equipped), heated steering wheel (if equipped), heated side mirror, air conditioning, and front seat ventilation as needed.
The remote engine start feature is built into the key fobs supplied with the vehicle and is designed to have a range of operation of approximately 180 feet. To start the engine remotely, the owner presses the LOCK button and then holds the ENGINE button for a second. Passport’s hazard lights will flash, indicating that the signal has been received. When the engine is started remotely, the wipers, lighting and audio systems remain off, and the security system remains set. The engine will run for up to 10 minutes after remote starting and can be extended by another 10 minutes using the same procedure, and then shut off automatically if the owner doesn’t reach the vehicle within that time. When the owner does get to Honda Passport within 10 minutes, or extended period if the procedure is initiated a second time, the engine will keep running while the owner unlocks the vehicle, gets in, applies the brake and presses the START button, which turns on all of the vehicle’s systems.
HomeLink® Remote System
Passport EX-L trims and higher feature a HomeLink® universal remote system, located at the bottom of the rearview mirror, which can be programmed with the codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener or home security system.
Passport Touring and Elite trims come with two keyless remotes with unique identifiers. Each remote can be set with unique profiles to accommodate the individual preferences of two different drivers. The available preferences include driver seat and mirror positions, along with select HVAC functions. Other preferences include turning entry lights on or off, audio system pre-sets, air conditioning preferences, and navigation system settings. In the event both owners use the car at the same time, Passport will recognize the keyless remote that approaches the driver’s door first.
After parking, a press of the LOCK button on the remote will simultaneously lock all the doors and liftgate. Alternatively, a touch of the soft-touch lock button on either front door handle locks all doors and trunk to secure Honda Passport. The system will not allow the remote to be locked in the interior of Passport.
Walk-Away Door Lock
Included on EX-L and up, the Walk Away Door Lock feature automatically locks Passport when the driver leaves the vehicle. This hands-free locking capability adds everyday convenience that’s especially useful when the driver has his or her hands full or is distracted. In typical use, when all doors are closed and the driver walks away with the key fob, Passport will automatically lock when the key holder’s distance from the vehicle exceeds 6.5 feet for two seconds or more and when no other key is detected inside the vehicle. An audible buzzer sounds and the hazard lights flash to confirm that the vehicle has locked. The Walk Away Door Lock feature is programmable and may be turned on or off via the main display as the driver prefers.
The remote also includes a dedicated button that will unlock the liftgate on Passport Sport trims or cause the power liftgate to open/close on Honda Passport EX-L and above trims. Additionally, Touring and Elite trims feature a hands-free access power liftgate that activates by lightly kicking a foot under a designated spot on the rear bumper, perfect for opening the cargo area when hands are full.
Capless Fueling System
Passport’s capless fueling eliminates the fuel cap, meaning that fueling the vehicle simply requires opening the fuel lid, refueling, and then closing the lid. This smart and easy-to-use design eliminates the need to touch a dirty fuel cap, reduces the possibility of damaging the vehicle’s paint with the fuel cap or tether, or forgetting the fuel cap at the gas station. It also eliminates the possibility of activating an emissions warning by failing to properly re-install the fuel cap. And finally, the capless fueling system allows the use of a smaller fuel-cap door, which cleans up the lines of the vehicle.
The system consists of two integrated components, an outer shutter mechanism that prevents the intrusion of dirt and dust, and a self-sealing fueling flap that is closed by a torsion spring. Both operate automatically.
At a gas station, the driver simply opens the fuel lid and then inserts the fuel nozzle. Inserting the nozzle automatically opens the outer shutter and fueling flap. When fueling is complete, removing the fuel nozzle automatically closes both the fueling flap and outer shutter.
Hill Start Assist
The Hill Start Assist function helps to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when the driver switches from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal while the vehicle is stopped on a hill. Hill Start Assist automatically activates when the vehicle senses a certain incline and is fully stopped in any forward gear when facing up hill or reverse gear when facing downhill. The system uses a longitudinal G-sensor along with a wheel speed sensor to control the hydraulic brake modulator. Hill Start Assist, when activated, will release the brakes when the driver depresses the accelerator pedal or if the driver doesn’t press the accelerator after a few seconds.
Passport’s Auto high-beam makes optimal use of the vehicle’s headlights. When the headlight switch is set in the Auto position, the system automatically illuminates the high beams until a dedicated camera detects oncoming traffic and automatically switches to low beams.
Passport’s front bucket seats are designed to provide comfortable support for a wide range of body types, along with secure lateral support for cornering. The seats feature fabric seating surfaces in Sport trims, with upgraded leather in the EX-L, Touring and Elite. The driver’s seat on EX-L models and up features 8-way power adjustability plus 2-way power lumbar support along with a 4-way power front passenger seat. EX-L, Touring and Elite trims also integrate the driver’s seat power adjustments with the Smart Entry system. The system stores a pair of user profile seat settings – one for each of the two key fobs that come standard with Honda Passport. Heated front seats are standard in Passport EX-L, Touring and Elite trims. The Elite trim also includes ventilated front seats.
Passport’s roomy rear seating is designed for maximum comfort and versatility, with a 60/40 split and folding design that makes it easy to accommodate passengers or long cargo. In Passport Elite, heated rear seats are standard.
Audio and Connectivity
Honda’s most advanced audio and connectivity technology is engineered into the new Passport. Available features include an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen Display Audio system with a Honda-developed, Android-based operating system, customizable app tiles and shortcuts, and more powerful voice recognition engine. Integrated with Display Audio, Honda Passport features both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® integration.
Passport’s Display Audio system also enables simplified smartphone connectivity and offers available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. Passport also comes with HondaLink®, a sophisticated connected technology that lets owners monitor vehicle status, make service appointments, and perform numerous other functions with the touch screen or through an app. Passport also features Over-The-Air System Updates for its Display Audio. Software updates issued by Honda can be downloaded by the customer using any Wi-Fi connection, the optional on-board 4G LTE connection, or by plugging in a USB device. For maximum family connectivity, Honda Passport sports an array of ports and plugs for a wide range of electronic devices.
Passport Touring and Elite trims also feature an embedded, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ developed in cooperation with Garmin® featuring more detailed three-dimensional mapping, turn-by-turn directions that appear in the main instrument display and detailed traffic information.
Passport Sport Audio
Passport Sport has a standard seven speaker audio system including a subwoofer linked to a USB port; a second USB port is for charging only. The audio system has a 5-inch (diagonal) display screen and conventional knobs and buttons to control the various functions.
8-Inch Display Audio Touchscreen
The Display Audio system, standard in the 2019 Passport EX-L, Touring and Elite, is the most advanced system ever offered by Honda. The 8-inch touchscreen lets you swipe, tap and pinch – just like on a tablet or smartphone – to control the vehicle’s audio system, display settings and other advanced features. The intuitive and easy-to-use system has a simplified menu structure, customizable shortcuts for commonly used features and customizable app locations. On Sport and EX-L trims is a 152-watt audio system with seven speakers, including a subwoofer. On Touring and Elite trims there’s an upgraded system with 550 watts and 10 speakers, including a subwoofer.
Honda Passport’s Display Audio system offers HD Radio™, SiriusXM®, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration as well as HondaLink® content among the many available content channels. Touring and Elite include Display Audio with a fully integrated and fully featured Garmin®-developed Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with continuously updated traffic information.
With Display Audio’s new operating system, icons resembling smartphone apps are displayed on the high-definition, capacitive touchscreen, making the interface intuitive and easy to use.
Much like a smartphone, apps can be moved and rearranged on each page, or hidden on the touchscreen. You can also restore a hidden app to the Home screen by accessing the “all apps” list and checking a box. A trio of onscreen shortcut buttons are customizable, so you can decide what three features you want to have constant access to.
Utilizing a new Honda-developed operating system built upon Android, Passport’s Display Audio is also easily updatable and upgradeable. An update can be downloaded to a USB stick, via Wi-Fi from any available network, or for those opting for the Passport’s data plan, directly to the head unit via available 4G LTE.
4G LTE Wi-Fi
Passport Touring and Elite models feature an embedded Telematics Control Unit (TCU) that provides an AT&T 4G LTE connection inside the vehicle. The system includes a 90-day/3GB (whichever comes first) free trial, followed by a customer-paid subscription plan. With a better antenna than in typical smartphones, the system often offers superior reception. The Wi-Fi network can support up to seven devices.
Honda Passport EX-L models and above offer standard Apple CarPlay® integration. By connecting the iPhone to the car using the phone’s USB cable (supplied with the phone) and Passport’s USB data port, CarPlay® features can be accessed.
CarPlay® takes the most popular functions and features of the user’s compatible iPhone® and projects them on Passport’s Display Audio touchscreen display. You can get directions, send and receive messages, listen to audio books and music, all in a way that allows you to stay more focused on the road. CarPlay® features Siri® voice control and is specially designed for typical driving scenarios. It also works with Passport’s integrated controls – both on the audio touchscreen and the steering-wheel mounted controls, so you don’t need to pick up your phone.
CarPlay® includes access to Apple Maps, Waze, and Google Maps, which can provide turn-by-turn directions, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. CarPlay® can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.
CarPlay® is compatible with any iPhone® that features the Lighting connector (iPhone® 5 or later).
Honda Passport EX-L trims and above offer standard Android Auto™ integration. By connecting a compatible Android phone to the car using the phone’s USB cable (supplied with the phone) and Passport’s USB data port, the Android Auto™ platform is enabled.
Android Auto™ puts some of your phone’s most useful Apps on Passport’s audio display. You can get directions, send and receive messages, listen to audio books and music, all without the need to pick up your phone. Android Auto™ works with Passport’s controls – both on the audio touchscreen and the steering wheel-mounted controls – so it’s simple and intuitive to use.
The Android Auto™ voice control is specially designed for typical driving scenarios. A curated selection of available Android Auto™ apps is designed for use in Honda Passport and are designed to help minimize the potential for driver distraction.
Android includes access to Google Maps and Waze, which can provide turn-by-turn directions, live traffic conditions, lane guidance and more.
Android Auto™ is designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher.
A new generation 2.0 version of SiriusXM® Radio is a standard feature in the EX-L trims and above, and provides more than 165 channels of digital programming with near CD-quality sound. The SiriusXM® signal is beamed from two broadcast satellites positioned in geostationary orbit above Earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites combine to span the entire continental United States and some of Canada.
SiriusXM® Radio programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children’s programming and entertainment. When the audio system plays SiriusXM® Radio, the audio system displays the current category, station, song title or artist’s name.
This latest generation of SiriusXM® includes many all-new features, including pause, fast forward and rewind. There is also an Instant Replay feature which allows listeners rewind the song they are currently listening to, or rewind a song/program on any of the presets. A new Sports Flash feature lets you listen to your favorite programming, and if your favorite team makes a big play in a live game that is being broadcast on SiriusXM®, you will receive an on-screen alert. With a touch of a soft-key you can hear up to 30 seconds of audio before and including the big play.
The Display Audio system with next generation HondaLink® allows the customer’s digital lifestyle to seamlessly integrate with the car and provides access to a world of cloud-based information. The all-new application-based platform connects customers to online content both inside and outside the car. The connection between the system and the user’s smartphone is made through the Bluetooth® wireless interface. A HondaLink® phone app provides convenient access for many services including location searches, local weather, messaging, Maintenance Minder™ alerts, service scheduling by phone, and access to the vehicle Owners Guide.
Siri® Eyes Free
Passport EX-L and above integrate Apple’s Siri® Eyes Free mode. Compatible iPhone® users will be able to operate Siri through familiar voice commands by pressing and holding the TALK button on the steering wheel when their iPhone is paired via Bluetooth®. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and helps to minimize the potential for distraction by keeping the iOS device’s screen from lighting up.
Owners can direct Siri® to perform a number of specific tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Capabilities include:
- Send text messages and e-mails
- Read incoming text messages and emails
- Set up calendar entries, reminders, and alarms
- Check the weather
- Turn-by-turn voice navigation (when the audio system is set to Bluetooth® Audio or USB mode)
- Sports scores and stock quotes
SMS Text Messaging
Passport EX-L and above trims have a standard SMS text message function that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system, and allow the driver to reply with any of six factory-preset messages. The system works with SMS-capable cell phones utilizing Blackberry or Android operating systems that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP) and others. Apple iPhone® models do not support this feature, but Siri® Eyes Free Mode (iPhone 5 or higher) offers the ability to initiate, hear and respond to text messages via voice commands.
Once a compatible phone is paired with Passport’s Bluetooth® system, the user can enable the text messaging function. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the audio touchscreen. Using the touchscreen, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, can select among the preset reply choices, or can call the sender – all without touching the phone.
To help avoid driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on screen unless the transmission is in Park.
Available factory preset text replies:
- Talk to you later, I’m driving.
- I’m on my way.
- I’m running late.
The Bluetooth® interface is designed to offer hands-free operation for many Bluetooth®-enabled mobile telephones. Standard on all Passports, the system wirelessly connects the driver’s cell phone to the vehicle’s audio system. This allows the driver to make or answer cell phone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. The system is compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP).
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® enables audio files to be played through the vehicle’s audio system wirelessly with a feature called Bluetooth® Audio. If a compatible audio device is paired, it allows the Bluetooth® device’s media to be played wirelessly by the audio system. Cell phone devices that support the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3 allow the display of metadata for artist, album and track name on the audio screen. The vehicle’s audio controls for “skip forward” and “skip backward” allow for navigation from track to track.
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
Standard on the Honda Passport Touring and Elite, the integrated Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ uses GPS technology to provide drivers with turn-by-turn guidance to their chosen destination. This all-new navigation system, developed in cooperation with Garmin®, offers many improvements, including enhanced graphics, speed limit display, customized vehicle icons, 3D buildings and terrain, turn-by-turn directions displayed in the instrument cluster and more. The system includes free map database updates for up to 5 years (initial purchase plus one yearly update each year for 4 years). The system includes the HD Digital Traffic feature, which alerts the driver to current traffic conditions and can display alternate routes around gridlock. It features expanded coverage including many surface streets within the U.S., allowing the driver to choose faster, less congested routes. HD Digital Traffic is subscription-free.
The navigation system can be controlled by voice or through the 8-inch capacitive touch-screen audio display utilizing its tap, pinch and swipe functionality. The voice-activation system can respond to more casual command phrases that require less user familiarization, in addition to the previous capability of being able to understand spoken city and street names. This logic applies to audio functionality of the audio/information screen. The navigation system can also be controlled by voice with conventional navigation commands like, “Find nearest Chinese restaurant” or “find nearest ATM.”
The audio system is automatically muted when the “Talk” button is pressed. The voice-recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying the matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map – such as restaurants or grocery stores – can be displayed with brand logo icons or you can have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation, all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers that can be dialed by using the Bluetooth® system when the driver’s phone is connected to the system.
The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ uses GPS in combination with detailed information from the vehicle’s mapping system to pinpoint the vehicle’s location and to provide a host of useful mapping and route guidance features. The system’s antenna receives positioning information from a network of 24 global positioning satellites. If the antenna is obstructed by a tunnel, a parking garage or a tall building, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle so that the map information remains current and reliable. The vehicle clock is independently controlled by GPS data, so when time zones are crossed while driving, the clock will automatically set itself to the current time.
Wireless Smartphone Charging
Passport Elite trims offer wireless smartphone charging, using the Qi and PMA charging standards. The wireless charging pad is large enough for even plus-size smartphones, simplifying charging for compatible phones. The wireless charger is also available a standalone accessory.
USB Ports and Connectivity Features
With up to five people aboard, connectivity is key. Based on trim level, Passport has an expanding complement of connectivity features.
Safety and Driver Assistance
As with all Honda vehicles, the 2019 Passport is designed to provide a high level of safety performance, starting with predictable and stable driving dynamics that help drivers maintain control over their vehicle in a wide variety of driving environments and circumstances, including emergency avoidance maneuvers.
Contributing to Honda Passport’s active safety performance is a comprehensive range of features that include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS), Brake Assist, 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution. Passport’s available i-VTM4™ all-wheel-drive system with dynamic torque vectoring adds an additional degree of handling prowess and all-weather control.
Significantly advancing Honda’s commitment to advanced safety technology, the all-new Passport comes standard with Honda Sensing®. This suite of technologies is designed to expand the driver’s situational awareness while also sensing and responding to potential road hazards including other vehicles, road obstacles and even pedestrians.
To help mitigate the severity of a frontal collision and occupant injuries, Passport utilizes the latest generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, which works in concert with a new “3-bone” floor frame assembly and new hot-stamped steel door rings. Passive safety features including advanced front airbags (SRS), driver and front passenger side airbags, adjustable head restraints and Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) also provide a high level of protection in the event of collision.
Combining these technologies, the 2019 Passport targets high safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS: an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating and high marks in all crash test modes.
Top Safety Rating Targets
The new Honda Passport was designed to achieve high scores and superb performance in all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests. In particular, Passport is projected to attain a 5-Star NHTSA Overall Vehicle Score, along with an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating. A significant targeted achievement is a Good rating in the latest IIHS small overlap frontal crash test.
Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Design
Structures in the front of the 2019 Passport are designed to help absorb energy in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. Research by Honda shows that the following features can dramatically improve a pedestrian’s chance of survival if struck by a moving vehicle.
Specific pedestrian head injury mitigation features include:
- Hood is designed to deform if contact is made with either an adult or a child pedestrian
- Sufficient clearance exists between the hood and hard engine parts, allowing the hood to deform if impacted by a pedestrian
- Windshield base has a unique section structure for efficient impact energy absorption
- Energy-absorbing fender mounts and supports
- Break-away windshield wiper pivots
- Deformable hood hinges
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is an Electronic Stability Control system that works in conjunction with Passport’s Drive-by-Wire™ throttle and its 4-channel ABS systems to enhance control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering or when the driver makes a sudden maneuver. VSA® functions by applying brake force to one or more wheels independently while also managing the throttle, ignition and fuel systems to help the vehicle maintain the driver’s intended path of travel.
The VSA® system constantly analyzes data from sensors that monitor wheel speed, steering input, lateral and longitudinal G forces and yaw rate. It compares the driver’s control inputs with the vehicle’s actual response. Whenever the actual response falls outside of a predetermined acceptable range, VSA® intervenes with a corrective action. For instance, if VSA® detects an oversteer condition, the system may apply braking force to the outside front and rear wheels to counteract the unintended yawing effect. In the event of understeer, VSA® may apply braking to the inside rear wheel while reducing engine power to help return the vehicle to its intended course.
VSA® also provides a limited-slip differential effect for the front wheels by applying braking force to a slipping wheel, thereby redirecting driving force to the wheel with more traction. VSA® is calibrated to function in a near-transparent manner, and in many cases a driver will not even be aware of its operation. However, anytime the system is enhancing vehicle stability, an indicator light flashes in the instrument cluster. While the driver can reduce the traction control effectiveness allowing more wheel slip during stuck condition by pressing the VSA® button, ABS remains fully operational at all times.
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) is standard on all 2019 Honda Passport models. The system incorporates driving stability technology that initiates steering inputs that prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction during cornering and in slippery road conditions. Using vehicle speed and steering angle data, Motion-Adaptive EPS works with Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) and Electric Power Steering to detect instability in slippery road conditions both during cornering and under braking and automatically initiates steering inputs aimed at prompting the driver to steer in the correct direction. This advanced technology supports the driver’s action in operating the vehicle more safely and comfortably.
Two examples of how Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) functions in conjunction with VSA® are:
- Stabilizes Vehicle under Braking – This function helps to correct the driver’s steering input to reduce vehicle instability when the driver is braking hard on road surfaces with different friction coefficients (such as pavement that is partially covered with dirt or snow).
- Mitigates Understeer and Oversteer – To mitigate potential understeer or oversteer situations, the system helps correct the steering inputs to help the driver trace the curve.
A function of the VSA® system, the Brake Assist feature recognizes emergency braking situations and almost instantly applies added braking force. This Brake Assist feature is controlled by a special logic in the system that evaluates the pedal application rate and force to recognize a panic stop situation. At that point, the VSA® modulator pump increases braking pressure while the pedal is still being pressed to ensure maximum stopping force, an action that can help shorten braking distance.
Advanced 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution
Passport is fitted with 4-wheel disc brakes with four-channel anti-lock braking (ABS). The ABS system also incorporates Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) circuitry that automatically proportions front-to-rear brake force based on the vehicle’s dynamic load on each wheel.
Advanced Front Airbags (SRS)
Both the driver and front passenger are protected by advanced front airbags (SRS) that incorporate sophisticated threshold activation technology. Like other Honda vehicles, the driver’s front airbag is located in the steering wheel while the passenger airbag is located on the top of the dash. When deployed, the passenger airbag inflates upward and then rearward to maximize its protective potential while reducing the likelihood of injuries caused by airbag deployment.
Driver and Front Passenger Side Airbags
Side airbags mounted in the outboard area of each front seatback are designed to help provide pelvic and thorax protection for the driver and front passenger in the event of a severe side impact. In Passport, a revised side airbag design allows the side airbags to deploy in a manner that helps mitigate the risk of injury to a smaller seat occupant.
Side Curtain Airbags
All outboard seating positions are protected by side curtain airbags with rollover sensor system. In the event of a severe side impact, the side curtain airbags deploy from modules in the roof, providing a significant level of head protection in the window area. In the unlikely event of a rollover, a roll-rate sensor, along with multiple G sensors determine the rate of roll and deploy the side curtain airbags accordingly. The side curtain airbags will also deploy and provide head protection in frontal small overlap impacts, such as when the front corner of the vehicle collides with solid object.
Like the other airbag systems in the vehicle, the side curtain system utilizes sensors to determine the most appropriate timing of airbag deployment. To provide the optimal level of protection for occupants, testing was performed to determine the most appropriate timing and rate of deployment in the unlikely event of a rollover. The system uses algorithms to continually evaluate the situation and determines whether a rollover is imminent. The roll-rate sensor and multiple G sensors (accelerometers) determine the “scenario” and calculate the angle of roll and the speed of the vehicle in order to deploy the airbags at the correct point for optimum protection.
In the case of a rollover, the side curtain airbags on both sides of the vehicle will deploy. However, in the event of a sufficient side impact that does not result in a rollover, only the airbags on the impacted side of the vehicle will deploy. The airbag maintains full inflation for approximately three seconds after inflation to allow for the increased duration of a rollover accident.
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) and Adjustable Head Restraints
All Passports come equipped with a child seat-mounting system called LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren). All three of the rear seating positions are fitted with dedicated LATCH attachment points.
The LATCH system provides two lower anchors and an upper tether anchor. When used with a compatible child seat, the LATCH system provides attachment points between the child seat and the vehicle seat without having to use the vehicle’s seat belts. All seat belts except the driver’s are equipped with a locking retractor that can be used to help secure any child seat. Both rear side doors are also equipped with childproof door locks for added protection.
The front and rear seating positions feature individually adjustable head restraints.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Honda Passport comes equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that alerts a driver whenever the air pressure in one or more of the vehicle’s tires decrease significantly below the recommended level. When the pressure in one or more tires drops sufficiently, it causes a low tire-pressure indicator, located in the instrument cluster or in the Multi-Information Display (MID), to illuminate. The information-selectable MID display can show all four tires pressures in real time and even if the TPMS information is not selected for viewing on the MID by the driver, it will appear automatically in the event one or more tires falls below the normal minimum pressure.
Tire Fill Assist
Passport’s Tire Fill Assist works with TPMS to help the driver achieve the correct tire pressures quickly and easily. It does so by providing an audible chirp and flashing the parking lights when the correct air pressure is reached for any tire being filled.
Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
Every Passport is equipped with the Expanded View Driver’s Mirror that increases the driver’s field of vision to provide a better view of objects to the back and side of the vehicle. The Expanded View Driver’s Mirror uses a flat reflective plane on the inner portion of the mirror closest to the door, while the outer portion of the mirror uses a convex element to provide a broader field of view.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
Like all Honda models since 2015, the 2019 Passport incorporates a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera. Viewable on the 5-or 8-inch touchscreen, the camera can show a top view, normal or wide view when the transmission is in Reverse. The top view is especially useful when connecting a trailer, as it gives the driver a bird’s-eye view of the hitch. The Sport trim features static guidelines that help drivers better judge distances, while EX-L, Touring and Elite trims have dynamic guidelines that project the vehicle’s future path based on the driver’s steering inputs.
Blind Spot Information (BSI)
On EX-L trims and higher, the blind spot information (BSI) system uses radar sensors located on both sides of the rear bumpers to continually monitor areas adjacent to the rear of the vehicle to help determine whether a vehicle is present. The system provides a visual cue by lighting an indicator near the sideview mirrors, depending on which side of Honda Passport a vehicle is detected. The system also gives an audible warning and flashes the indicator to further alert the driver if the turn signal is activated on the side where a vehicle is being detected. To prevent false alarms while maneuvering at low speed, the BSI system is disabled below approximately 20 mph.
Note that BSI cannot detect all vehicles, and that some vehicles or devices may interfere with the system. Drivers should always visually check for the presence of other vehicles before changing lanes.
Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
In conjunction with BSI, the Rear Cross Traffic Monitor works to enhance driver confidence when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from driver’s seat.
The system utilizes a pair of radar units located in the rear bumper corners. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicles direction are shown on the center display’s rear camera image as well as an audible warning.
Comprised of a suite of standard and available safety and driver assistive features, the standard Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle.
Honda Sensing® features include the following:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW) – Integrated into CMBS™
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – Integrated into RDM
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
The Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) is one of the most sophisticated driver-assistive technologies available. The CMBS™’s millimeter wave radar unit, located behind the front grille, and monocular camera, located between the rearview mirror and windshield, scans traffic conditions ahead of Passport.
When the system determines a collision is possible with a detected vehicle, the CMBS™’s integrated FCW system’s visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to take corrective actions. The visual alert appears on the Multi-Information Display (MID). If the situation is not resolved, CMBS™ can apply different levels of automatic emergency braking to help reduce vehicle speed and eventual collision forces, and therefore to help reduce the severity of a collision if the driver doesn’t take corrective action on their own. The radar unit and camera work simultaneously and cooperatively to control the VSA® modulator, which initiates any required braking.
CMBS™ on Passport can recognize shapes and differentiate between a vehicle and a pedestrian, warning the driver when either is detected.
It is important to note that CMBS™ cannot detect all objects ahead, nor is it intended to replace the driver’s assessment of traffic conditions and control of the vehicle. The driver must intervene in certain situations, and must always be attentive when using the system. Although in many cases CMBS™ will stop the vehicle, it is not intended to apply enough braking force to prevent all collisions. Based on the conditions, the system also may not perform all visual- and audible-alert stages, and may instead automatically engage the brakes if the system deems it necessary.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) – Integrated into CMBS™
Integrated with CMBS™, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses the monocular camera to detect vehicles ahead and to determine whether a collision is likely. This reduces the stress of driving in traffic, while also contributing to an increased level of passive safety.
If the FCW system detects a vehicle in front and then determines a collision may occur (due to a speed differential between the two vehicles), it will trigger visual and audible alerts for the driver. These include a “BRAKE” message on the Multi-Information Display (MID), and a series of beeps to alert the driver to apply the brake pedal. The FCW system will not automatically brake, and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions. If the driver doesn’t respond to the FCW warnings, however, the CMBS™ is triggered into operation.
Drivers may adjust the distance at which FCW alerts occur by pressing the “SETTINGS” button, selecting “Vehicle Settings,” and then choosing “Driver Assist System Setup” and the “Forward Collision Warning Distance” option. At this point they may choose between “Long,” “Normal” or “Short.” And if they choose to, drivers may also select “Off” to disable the FCW system entirely.
Note that the FCW system cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) provides a less stressful driving experience by reducing steering correction movements and driving effort on the highway. LKAS uses a camera to read lane markings and uses the Electric Power Steering to assist the driver in maintaining their position within the lane.
Designed for the U.S. road structure, the system uses a monocular camera mounted on the upper portion of the windshield to identify painted lanes, Botts’ Dots and Cat Eye markers at speeds between 45 mph and 90 mph. When LKAS senses that the driver is drifting from the middle of a detected lane, the system generates corrective steering torque to assist the driver in maintaining lane position.
LKAS may be activated and deactivated using a switch located on the lower right part of the steering wheel. The system will suspend operation after several seconds if the driver takes his or her hands off the wheel, accompanied by a visual warning in the MID, resuming when the driver makes a steering input.
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
Integrated with Lane Departure Warning (LDW, below), RDM uses a monocular camera (mounted on the upper portion of the windshield) to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts’ dots and Catseye markers. RDM uses both steering force, via EPS, and, if the vehicle is detected leaving a lane marked by solid lines, braking force, via VSA®, to help Honda Passport stay in its lane.
The monocular camera recognizes lane features and identifies the lane. If the RDM system determines the vehicle is about to leave a detected lane, it will provide steering assist (primary) and in rare occasions when steering assist is not sufficient to avoid leaving a lane marked by a solid line, braking assist, to help the driver stay on the road. RDM is integrated with the Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) system to provide moderate braking, and with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to provide steering input.
Multiple visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver’s Multi Information Display (MID) along with an audible warning.
RDM also has a customizable initial warning of either a steering wheel shake/vibration, or an audible alert. This can be customized in the vehicle settings.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – Integrated into RDM
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) is designed to alert the driver if the vehicle is leaving a detected lane without the turn signal being activated. The system functions at speeds from 45 to 90 mph on straight or slightly curved roads, alerting the driver of deviations from a detected lane. The LDW system utilizes the same upper front windshield camera used for CMBS™® and LKAS and provides the visual and auditory alerts prior to the other systems actively engaging.
If the vehicle begins to move out of a detected lane without the turn signal activated, LDW illuminates a Lane Departure message on the Multi-Information Display (MID) and sounds an audible warning, advising the driver to take appropriate action. The system can be activated and deactivated by pressing the LDW button located on the instrument panel, to the left of the steering column.
There are certain conditions under which the system may not engage or operate, including inclement weather (e.g., snow, ice or heavy rain) and extreme cabin heat (due to operability of the camera). The system will automatically suspend operation when the brakes are applied or the turn signals are used. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. The driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows the driver to set a desired speed and following interval from a vehicle detected ahead, allowing the use of cruise control in light traffic conditions on the highway. This significantly reduces the driver stress of driving in traffic. The system uses the millimeter wave radar and monocular camera to continually track the distance to the vehicle ahead, and then adjusts vehicle speed to maintain the set following interval. A short, medium, long, or extra-long interval can be selected. When required, Passport will autonomously brake using the Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) modulator. ACC operates in the following ways in the listed circumstances:
- A preceding vehicle is detected in the lane ahead – decelerates automatically, if required, and then controls the following interval.
- Another vehicle merges in between Honda Passport and the preceding vehicle – automatically switches “targets” to the nearest preceding vehicle.
- The preceding vehicle exits the lane – ACC system continues at cruise-control speed previously selected by driver (25 to 90 mph).
A Multi Information Display (MID) message and audible warning alert the driver when the ACC function is activated.