With a lot of competition in the midsize SUV class, the Passport manages to impress prospective drivers thanks to its reliable driving capabilities, spacious interior, and standard features. Additionally, all of the standard safety features available on every trim level make it a practical choice for families.
Though all trims have great safety features and driving capabilities, there are some differences between them in price, technology, style, and luxury features. Depending on your budget and preferences, you may prefer the most affordable trim or you may want to go with the highest trim. To help you make a decision between trims, we'll go over the unique features and details of Passport trims. We'll also go over each trim's build options as well as optional packages and accessories that may be available.
If you're looking for the most affordable option of the Passport trims, you'll want to opt for the EX-L. Priced at $41,100, there are still a lot of upscale features and technology. You'll be able to use the standard range of Honda safety features, including a collision mitigation braking system, a blind spot information system, parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control. For entertainment, you'll have a 7-speaker audio system, an 8-inch touchscreen display center, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capabilities. Additionally, you'll be able to enjoy luxury features usually limited to high trims, like leather heated front seats, a power tailgate, and a wireless phone charger.
If you choose to build an EX-L trim, you'll be able to select from three standard exterior paint colors–obsidian blue pearl, lunar silver metallic, and crystal black pearl. Additionally, if you want to pay extra, there are another three premium colors available. In the cabin, you won't have a selection of different options, as the standard is black leather. The standard wheels are a 20-inch alloy set. However, there are four other options available at a higher price.
There is only one powertrain option on the EX-L. The standard is a 3.5-L V-6 engine that is capable of producing up to 280 horsepower @rpm. Though it has a powerful engine, the fuel efficiency rating is 22 combined city/highway mpg. It also has intelligent traction management and an all-wheel drive system, so you'll be able to toggle between snow, sand, and mud modes.
The Trailsport doesn't differ too much from the EX-L in terms of capability or comfort, but there are some upgraded features that may be worth the increase in price. The TrailSport costs $43,600 and includes upgrades in style, exterior features, and other helpful features. Some of the style features include orange stitching along the leather seating, ambient amber lighting, and illuminated beverage holders. Additionally, you'll be able to use features like a heated wiper zone, LED fog lights, and roof rails.
There are not many options for the exterior and interior styling of the TrailSport. You'll be able to choose between the crystal black pearl or silver lunar metallic paint colors, or you can pay extra for three more premium paint colors. The interior of the car is decked out in standard black leather with orange trim. The trim will come with 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with pewter gray inserts. You won't notice a difference in driving capabilities from the EX-L trim, as the powertrain option remains the same 3.5-L V-6 engine.
As the highest Passport trim, there are a lot of cool, upscale features about this option. Priced at $46,560, you'll notice helpful features, premium technology, and luxury styling. You'll be able to use features like a rain-sensing heated wiper zone and a hands-free tailgate. You'll also be able to enjoy premium features, like a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient white lighting, wifi hotspot capability, a 10-speaker audio system, and perforated, heated, and ventilated front seats.
There are a few more styling options on the Elite trim than on the TrailSport. You'll be able to choose between three different exterior paint colors, including obsidian blue pearl, lunar silver metallic, and crystal black pearl. There is also the option to pay more for premium colors. Inside the cabin, the standard is black leather. However, if you opt for the premium platinum white pearl color, you may also choose gray leather. The standard option for wheels is a 20-inch machine-finished set. But if you don't like that option, there are additional wheel options that are more expensive.
The powertrain option is the same as the previous Passport trims. So if you're looking for better fuel efficiency or more power, you'll have to switch models. However, the 3.0-L V-6 engine is very capable.
There are a few different package options available depending on the trim. On the Elite, you'll be able to pay a bit extra for the utility package, which includes a trailer hitch, crossbars, and a tailgate kick sensor adaptor. On the EX-L, the utility package will include roof rails, a trailer hitch, and crossbars.
Besides buying whole packages, you can choose to purchase individual accessories instead. Some of the accessories you can buy for an additional cost include fender flares, a mud flap set, and a roof basket. However, there are a lot more options available that can make your trim build more customized to your preferences.
Choosing between Passport trims can be a tough decision. If you're on a budget, then going with the EX-L might be the best option. With all of the same safety features and driving capabilities, you'll still have a comfortable driving experience at a more affordable price. However, the Elite trim packs a lot of luxury and premium features into its build. If you have a larger budget, you may prefer all of the upgrades that the Elite trim has to offer. If you're ready to start test-driving your favorite Passport trim, head to our dealership or get in touch with us for more information.