Driving The Toyota Supra, Honda Passport And Bmw 3 Series | Autoblog Podcast #582

Driving the Toyota Supra, Honda Passport and BMW 3 Series | Autoblog Podcast #582

In this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder and West Coast Editor James Riswick. First, they talk about the cars they've been driving, including the Honda Passport, BMW 330i and Audi RS5. They follow up with notes about driving the Toyota Supra and 86, and whether Toyota's new sports car strategy makes sense. Then they discuss the news, including the Ferrari SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid, a possible Renault-FCA merger, death rumors for the Jaguar XJ and thoughts on the upcoming Chevy Trailblazer.

Autoblog Podcast #582

2019 Honda Passport Elite Review | Value-packed Road Trip Champ

2019 Honda Passport Elite Review | Value-packed road trip champ

The words "design" and "styling" are largely used interchangeably in the automotive world. In the fashion world, however, they are quite different. The way a dress looks is the result of design. The jacket, shoes and purse you pair with it are styling.

I mention this because the 2019 Honda Passport is largely the work of styling in the fashion sense. Yes, it's shorter in overall length and seat count than the Pilot, and there are design tweaks to the front end and tailgate. But much of what makes the Passport distinctive and arguably more attractive than its rather drab three-row sibling comes down to "styling." There are the blacked out wheels and trim, the beefier roof rails and crossbars, and the more macho grille. There's also the ground clearance increase that does as much for aesthetics as it does for off-road ability. Take all that away, and the Passport really is just a shorter Pilot, albeit with better proportions.

2019 Honda Passport And Ridgeline Get Off-road Treatment From Jsport

2019 Honda Passport and Ridgeline get off-road treatment from Jsport

Overland Expo is about to start, and car makers are rolling out versions of their crossovers and trucks transformed into overlanding and expedition vehicles. Honda is joining in on the action with the 2019 Honda Passport and 2019 Honda Ridgeline. It collaborated with Honda aftermarket company Jsport, and the results are some rugged-looking camping machines.

Both trucks are similarly equipped, with a leveling kit that adds 1.5 inches of ground clearance, aftermarket 18-inch wheels shod in chunky all-terrain tires, and Jsport's own skid plates so in case you do try to clear something too tall. The Passport gets a little extra love in the form of a new Jsport rear spare tire carrier and some Baja Designs off-road lighting.

2019 Honda Passport Review And Buying Guide | A Solid Mid-pack Two-row Crossover

2019 Honda Passport Review and Buying Guide | A solid mid-pack two-row crossover

The larger, three-row Honda Pilot is a big crossover that's squarely aimed at families, with lots of minivan-inspired convenience features to make life with a car full of kids more livable. The two-row Honda Passport is essentially a shortened Pilot, with one less row of seats and a bit of an attitude adjustment. Honda is pushing the Passport as more of an adventure-ready crossover, although that doesn't mean the Passport is ready for the sort of ultra-rugged terrain a Toyota 4Runner can handle.

Instead, the Passport suggests a rugged, outdoorsy lifestyle with some sportier exterior accents, a slightly wider stance, and a little extra ground clearance. And it is the most rugged vehicle in Honda's lineup. Let's take a closer look.

What's new for 2019?

In one sense, everything. This is the first year for the Honda Passport. The nameplate was last used on a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo SUV, back when Honda desperately needed an entry into the utility segment before its own original Pilot made it to market.

Japanese Journalist Ordered To Hand Over Passport

Japanese journalist ordered to hand over passport

Japan's Foreign Ministry has ordered freelance journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka to hand over his passport as he attempted to travel to Yemen.

Tsuneoka went through departure inspection at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Saturday. He had planned to report on food shortages in the civil war-torn country.

2019 Chevy Blazer Vs 2019 Honda Passport, Mid-size Crossovers: How They Compare On Paper

2019 Chevy Blazer vs 2019 Honda Passport, mid-size crossovers: How they compare on paper

The two-row midsize crossover market is a sizable one that just keeps growing. The two newest additions being the 2019 Chevy Blazer and the 2019 Honda Passport, additions we just recently drove. As such, it seemed like a good time to see how their numbers compare with the veterans of the segment: Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Murano. In this comparison to see where it lands in the numbers game, we'll take a look at everything including power, torque, towing, ground clearance, passenger room, cargo space, fuel economy and pricing. Cue the chart.


The Passport only has one engine option, Honda's trusty 3.5-liter V6. You can find this engine in both the Pilot and Ridgeline, and we like it in all its applications. But if you're looking for something more affordable or more frugal, you're out of luck. The Passport is one of just two that offer just one engine option. Most of the others have two choices, and Jeep even offers three.

2019 Honda Passport Vs. The Competition: How They Compare On Paper

2019 Honda Passport vs. the competition: How they compare on paper

Honda sells a whole lot of SUVs, and its lineup hasn't even been as jam packed as many of its competitors. The 2019 Honda Passport, a mid-size two-row SUV, remedies that. Revealed at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show, the Passport is a shortened Pilot for people who want something with a little more pizazz. Italics are necessary, because while the Passport is sharper with more sporting edges than the Pilot, it still doesn't strike us as a car many will look twice at in traffic.

The Passport is also wading into a pretty large field of both veterans and newcomers. We decided to stack up a few of its competitors — the Chevy Blazer, Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Murano — in this comparison to see where it lands in the numbers game. We'll take a look at everything including power, torque, towing, ground clearance, passenger room, cargo space, fuel economy and pricing. Cue the chart.

2019 Honda Passport First Drive Review | Less Is More, Adventure Style

2019 Honda Passport First Drive Review | Less is more, adventure style

MOAB, Utah — The 2019 Honda Passport graces dealer lots on Feb. 4, and we can pinpoint 35,002 reasons for the debutante's arrival. The blatant, bottom-line rationale was that about 35,000 buyers defected from the brand every year because Honda had nothing to serve "adventure-seekers who want ... the more personal and rugged character of a five-passenger SUV." The Honda Pilot looks too much like it has a large family to support, the CR-V looks too much like the central piece in a My First Family Starter Kit.

Watching the population of a small American city abandon the brood every year is awful enough. Beyond that, according to Honda's numbers, the Passport's segment will grow 25 percent in the next five years to about 725,000 vehicles. At the soft-core end, Ford sold 134,122 Edges in the U.S. last year. Among the hardcore set, Toyota rang up 139,694 4Runner sales in 2018. The Jeep Grand Cherokee triggered the "TILT!" sign with 224,908 sales. Numbers of that magnitude cast a tall shadow, and Honda got tired of living in it.

Rumor: Honda Passport Suv Could Be Revived

Rumor: Honda Passport SUV could be revived

Speak of the Passport and it shall come, eventually. The latest group to utter the old Honda's name is Automotive News, which reports that it will appear on a new crossover SUV targeted at the midsize two-row market. The outlet cites an anonymous source and says that it will likely be Pilot-based and show up at the L.A. Auto Show in time for a 2019 release. We have no reason to doubt that it will be based on the Pilot, since its platform could provide lots of space and make it easy to offer a V6 engine.