The 2023 Honda Passport has been spotted undergoing testing on the public roads. The new SUV appears to be wearing a mild camouflage that reveals most of the changes. As far as we can see, the Passport will get a slightly tweaked design that should result in a more rugged look.
As its sibling Pilot, the forthcoming SUV will carry plenty of features from the previous generation. However, unlike the Honda Pilot, the new Honda Passport will continue to be more compact. Mechanically, the Passport is likely to deploy the same engine as before. So, expect once more the same 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and 9-speed automatic transmission.
Is Honda Passport Being Redesigned?
The 2023 Honda Passport is coming and is spotted undergoing testing on public roads a few days ago. At first glance, the new SUV looks precisely the same as the current model. However, we managed to see some slight tweaks with further analysis, resulting in a more rugged look.
First of all, the manufacturer adds a more upright, blunt front end, which brings a taller, squared-off grille and new LED headlights. A new front bumper is present as well, giving the Passport a more square-jawed look. Interest, on the back, Honda added better taillights graphics, as well as the new bumper and exhaust tips.
We haven’t seen the interior yet, but expect a slightly tweaked cabin compared to the current model. Like before, interior storage space should remain the same, and we can expect up to 77.9 cubic feet of the cargo area. Compared to models in the same class as the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Nissan Murano, the new Passport offers slightly more space.
Stepping in, you will first notice a cockpit that’s well designed, with a good balance of touchscreen controls and physical buttons. The standard Sport trim comes with an 8-inch touchscreen for Honda’s Display Audio infotainment system, and it includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. However, Elite trim adds wireless phone charging, heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, self-dimming side mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers.
2023 Honda Passport Engine Specs
Under the hood, the 2023 Honda Passport will most likely deploy the same engine as the current one. This SUV will deploy a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 280-hp. We also expect it to be connected to the same 9-speed automatic transmission.
Front-wheel drive comes as standard, while all-wheel drive is still optional. Considering that the manufacturer uses the same engine, we should expect the same tow rating of 3,500 lb. The exact mechanics are available under the new Honda Pilot as well. However, with all-wheel drive, the Pilot model can tow 5,000 pounds, which is much better.
Is the Honda Passport Worth the Money?
As we mentioned, the upcoming 2023 Honda Passport has been spied recently testing, wearing mild camo. The new SUV looks refreshed, and it features some tweaks compared to the current generation. It also offers excellent comfort and plenty of standard equipment. If we can rely on the previous release, the new model will probably arrive early in 2022.
As for pricing, we indeed think that the upcoming SUV will cost slightly more than before. The current model starts a little less than $40,000 for the standard variant, while range-topping Elite trim costs $45,100.