A smaller version of the Pilot, with only two rows, the Passport has been around since 2019 and now receives its first major update to stay fresh and competitive as it takes on other five-seat SUVs. With the off-road scene booming in recent years, now is the time to introduce a rugged trim level, dubbed TrailSport.
The midsize SUV in the newly launched specification is mostly about aesthetic improvements, but it also has wider front and rear tracks (+ 10 millimeters / 0.4 inches), which Honda says gives it a better stance and improved stability. The Passport TrailSport rides on new 18-inch wheels exclusive to this model, wrapped in 245/60 R18 tires with sidewall tread “for a more rugged look”.
As you would expect from an all-terrain-oriented finish, it comes standard with all-wheel drive with torque vectoring. Power is delivered from the same 3.5-liter V6 delivering 280 horsepower (209 kilowatts) and 262 pound-feet (355 Newton-meters) of torque to both axles via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The new Passport flavor stands out from the rest of the trims with its Orange TrailSport badges on the grille and tailgate, while the interior adopts an orange finish for the stitching on the seats, steering wheel and door cards. You’ll also find TrailSport embroidered on the headrests of the front seats as well as molded on the rubber floor mats included as standard equipment.
Interestingly, Honda is already planning to update the Passport TrailSport in the coming model years with more off-road suspension and bigger tires. Additionally, additional models will get a TrailSport specification, with more aggressive bumpers and a unique grille design, as seen here.
The move to the 2022 model year isn’t just about the TrailSport, as the regular Passport is going through a nip and gaining an optional HPD package. Created by Honda Performance Development, the new kit includes a new grille, black fender flares, various wheels and HPD graphics adorning the rear quarter panel to reflect the latest Ridgeline with the HPD package.
Elsewhere, the 2022 Passport gets larger exhaust trims and redesigned bumpers, as well as contrast stitching for the perforated leather seats of the EX-L. Regardless of the finish, all versions come with LED headlights, smart entry with push-button start, rear seat booster, eight-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a wide range of Honda Sensing safety technologies.
Honda will have the revised Passport at dealerships this winter.