The 2024 “Sonic Gray Pearl” Honda Passport all-wheel drive was laden with ice and snow this past Sunday morning parked in the driveway.
The gentle night rain had turned the mixture to ice overnight. Not to damage this $46,330 factory test model, I scraped very carefully with the short-handled tool, but it was a slow process, winter experience in snow country kicked into my mind. I filled a bucket with hot water and splashed it on the ice laden windows, “Walla” the ice melted away and soon the Passport “Trail Model” was ready to make tracks in the six-inch snowfall.
Honda makes great products and this model assembled in Lincoln; Alabama is no exception. Powered by a 3.5L- VTEC-V6 engine and versatile 9-speed transmission, this vehicle was hungry for deeper snow or a mountain trail. The intelligent traction management added to the ease of the driving challenge.
The interior hosts leather trimmed black seats and heated leather wrapped steering wheel and seats. All the latest safety features and a seven-speaker sound system. The phone charge pad is easy to reach with an indented area to hold the phone. A push button transmission was easy to use with drive and reverse selections. Paddle shifters would select gear choices, but the versatile drive mode handled all speeds efficiently. The driver 10-way power seat with memory was very comfortable. There are second row sunshades with a 60/40 split fold down rear seats and storage area under the rear seats. The trunk has a 115-volt power outlet for camping experiences.
The “Trail sport” model has gray wheels, grill, and bumper with a skid plate for rocky trails along with trail emblems and seat logos with all-season floor mats to clean off mountain mud.
Safety features include collision mitigation braking to avoid those front-end collisions, lane keeping assistance, and road departure mitigation. Abundant air bags, front, side, and window locations.
The exterior has front and rear camera sensors and blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors. LED headlights and fog lights and heated rearview mirrors and windshield are perfect for snow country. Roof rails for skis and snowboards, with a power moonroof.
The Passport rides on rugged 2245/60 R-18 all-season tires with deep treads.
Colorado mountain campers and outdoor enthusiasts will find this vehicle extra special with the many outdoor amenities.
Honda made this vehicle for states like Colorado. Along with the nature features, this is a solid all-around drive for all-purposes.