Honda has released pricing for its revived Passport mid-size crossover, and it’s bullshit. The automaker has priced the new Passport about $540 above the larger Pilot, of which the Passport is based on.
There’s apparently some logic to the strategy, though. Honda claims Passport buyers aren’t going to care for base models, so they are not offering one with the Passport. Instead, the base Passport is the Sport model, which starts at $31,990. This cost of entry comes with 20-inch black wheels, LED headlights, remote start, LED brake lights, tri-zone climate control, and other fancies not usually found on a base model.
Honda is even offering adaptive cruise control, collision alert, lane departure warning and other active safety features are all standard.
Buyers wanting even more features can opt for the Passport EX-L, which starts at $36,410. EX-L adds a moonroof, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 8-inch touchscreen display and other features.
If the EX-L isn’t enough, there’s the Passport Touring. Touring models gain everything the EX-L has plus navigation system, heated rear seats, hands-free liftgate, premium audio system and more. Passport Touring will come with a $39,280.
But wait, there’s more! Honda is also offering a Passport Elite that offers a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors, LED map lights and wireless smartphone charger. Passport Elite, which also has all-wheel-drive standard, will cost $43,680.
All flavors of the new Honda Passport are powered by Honda’s 3.5-liter V-6 with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque that funnels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The 2019 Honda Pilot will arrive in dealerships on February 4th.