2022 Honda Passport TrailSport first drive review: A semirugged refresh – Roadshow

Honda’s midsize Passport SUV will get a brand new TrailSport trim for 2022, priced at $43,695 together with $1,225 for vacation spot. However regardless of this rugged identify and some upgrades, this new addition to the Passport lineup would not actually make this SUV any roughly succesful than earlier than.

The TrailSport has the identical 8.1 inches of floor clearance as different Passport fashions. Which means its off-road geometry is unchanged, with a 21.1-degree strategy angle (when you ignore the chin spoiler) and 24.3-degree departure angle. The TrailSport does have a 10-millimeter-wide observe, which Honda says offers the Passport extra stability in turns, nevertheless it’s exhausting to note an actual distinction after we’re speaking about lower than half an inch.

Like different Passports, the TrailSport has quite a lot of drive modes: Regular, Sand, Mud and Snow. Every does a pleasant job of switching up the throttle mapping and transmission’s shift factors, and so they even alter the soundness management’s intervention. In a mushy, sandy wash, for instance, Sand mode does an awesome job of retaining the engine revving excessive so I can simply preserve momentum.

2022 Honda Passport TrailSport

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2022 Honda Passport TrailSport

Inside it is… effectively, it is a Passport.


Honda’s all-wheel-drive system can ship 70% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels, after which 100% of the facility facet to facet to whichever wheel has essentially the most grip. This is not an alternative to a locking differential, after all, however for locations individuals are truly going to take a Passport, it fulfills its duties. After I final wrote about our long-term Honda Passport, it handily conquered 25 miles of washboard roads close to Moab, Utah.

Nevertheless, a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system is just nice when matched with applicable tires, and that is the place the Passport TrailSport suffers. Certain, the TrailSport will get 18-inch wheels however the 245/60 Firestone Vacation spot tires are merely all-season rubber with a bit additional tread on the sidewall. Greater than as soon as throughout my check within the desert I noticed the automotive in entrance of me spin a rear wheel as a result of the tire could not get traction within the sand. Drive with a little bit of pace — particularly over rocky terrain — and these tires seemingly will not final lengthy. In the event you’re planning on taking your Passport out to the lake home or on an prolonged off-road journey, I might suggest swapping the inventory tires out for a set of precise off-road footwear like BFGoodrich KO2s or Falken Wildpeaks.

One cool factor: In the event you plan on taking your Passport into the wilderness on the common, Honda presents quite a lot of adventure-ready equipment, together with a roof field or basket, and attachments for bikes, kayaks, surfboards or snowboards. You possibly can even get a six-person tent.

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2022 Honda Passport TrailSport

Put some higher tires on it, give it a raise, after which this Passport can actually off-road.

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The Passport would not have any underhood modifications for 2022, TrailSport or in any other case. It makes use of the identical dependable 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque mated to a nine-speed computerized transmission. Throughout a short drive on the pavement I am reminded that the Passport’s energy supply, experience and dealing with are all nice. Driving the Passport neither impresses or annoys. It simply will get the job carried out.

Like the remainder of the 2022 Passport lineup the TrailSport will get oversize twin exhaust ideas and new entrance and rear bumpers. The grille is exclusive to the TrailSport, and the Passport’s folding mirrors assist out when the trail will get slim. I just like the look of the TrailSport badge and the orange contrasting stitching on the within. Nevertheless, do not count on any main cabin upgrades, save for a brand new rear-seat reminder and rear seatbelt reminder on all trims. All Passports additionally get the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance options, together with lane-keeping help, adaptive cruise management, lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are right here as effectively, displayed on an 8-inch touchscreen within the sprint.

Honda says it would up the TrailSport’s off-road cred for the next-generation Passport, including issues like skid plates, higher tires, a lifted suspension and retuned all-wheel drive. That will make the TrailSport higher outfitted to battle Subaru’s Forester and Outback Wilderness, to not point out different rugged-ish SUVs. For now, nevertheless, this Passport is not any extra succesful than all of the others. However it’s nonetheless a stable, well-rounded SUV.

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