Following the lead of the refreshed 2021 Ridgeline pickup, the 2022 Honda Passport midsize SUV is updated and boasts more rugged looks.
It starts with a new squared-off nose and upright grille design unique to the Passport, a new hood with a pronounced power bulge, revised bumpers and new front fenders. The exhaust tips are larger and all trim levels also feature tougher-looking alloy wheels.
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On the Passport TrailSport, the first in a series of new Honda TrailSport models, a number of black accents are included since that is a recurring theme for sporty and adventure-minded vehicles across the industry. The grille is different, while the more aggressive bumpers feature silver-painted skid garnish designs. The front and rear tracks are 10 mm wider, too.
These changes are mostly cosmetic, but Honda says the off-road capability of the Passport TrailSport will increase further over the next few model years with upgrades such as more aggressive tires and off-road-tuned suspension.
For those looking to crank styling up one more notch, a new HPD Edition has been created in collaboration with Honda Performance Development, the automaker’s U.S.-based racing division. The HPD Edition adds a unique grille treatment, black fender flares, aggressive wheels and special HPD graphics on the rear quarter panel.
Updated Cabin With More Tech
The interior of the 2022 Honda Passport has been updated, as well, though it retains class-leading 1,430 litres of trunk space. There’s new grey lighting and white needles on the instrument cluster, a rear seat reminder so drivers won’t forget a child or pet inside the vehicle, and a rear seatbelt reminder to let them know if rear passengers have not fastened their seatbelts.
The TrailSport stands out with orange contrast stitching on the steering wheel, door panels and seats, a TrailSport logo embroidered on the front headrests and moulded onto the available all-season rubber floor mats, a black chrome gauge surround and exclusive amber ambient lighting.
The 2022 Honda Passport continues to rely on a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque via a nine-speed automatic transmission and Honda’s i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system as standard.
Pricing will be announced shortly.