2021 Honda Passport Review - Dick Hannah Honda | Portland Honda Dealer in Vancouver, WA

2021 Honda Passport Review

2021 Honda Passport with canoe mounted on rackIn the Honda family, the 5-seater 2021 Passport SUV is between the compact CR-V and the midsize 3-row Pilot, which may give it a bit of a middle-child complex. Nevertheless, its outstanding combination of safety features, versatility, and overall quality gives the 2021 Passport a much-deserved shout-out. In fact, this year, the 2021 Honda Passport earned an Editors’ Choice Award and made it to a few prime lists: 2021 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money and  2021 Best 2-Row SUV for Families. If that isn’t enough, the 2021 Honda Passport also earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2021 Passport incorporates the best of both its SUV siblings, with a roomy interior, powerful V6 engine, and 5,000-pound tow rating, all in a manageable size. Though it shares standard Honda SUV features, the 2021 Passport has a unique rugged aesthetic that helps set it apart visually. Needless to say, the 2021 Honda Passport is a well-rounded top performer that has no problem holding its own.

What’s New?

This year, the 2021 Passport only receives a minor update in its technology sector. The base models have a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system versus the old 5.0-inch display. The rest of the lineup remains the same except for a slight increase in starting prices.

2021 Honda Passport close up of infotainment


  • Sport $33,965
  • EX-L $37,985
  • Touring $40,855
  • Elite $45,355

Despite the price increase, the 2021 Honda Passport still beats its competitors because it’s reasonably priced and includes leather upholstery, a sunroof, and a large touchscreen with smartphone mirroring functionality. An all-wheel-drive option is available for only $2000 more.


The 2021 Honda Passport comes packed with a 3.5-liter V6 that provides a handy 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Those who prefer the all-terrain capability of all-wheel drive can add it for an additional cost; otherwise, the Passport is front-wheel drive. The 2021 Passports can easily tow up to 5000 pounds of towing. Some rivals use a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but this configuration is far better for towing and off-roading abilities. The 2021 Passport sits 8.1 inches off the ground and comes stocked with an Intelligent Traction Management system with Snow, Sand, and Mud settings. It’s versatile and can cruise through most road tests.

2021 Honda Passport driving on desert road 2021 Honda Passport engine close up

As for maximum fuel efficiency, the 2021 Passport has a few tricks up its sleeves. Its direct-injection V6 engine has variable cylinder management, Eco Assist, and a stop/restart function that can be achieved while idling with Eco Assist. A great way to get a feel for automobiles is to test drive them. A car review can only go so far.

Interior and Tech

Those that have experienced the interior of the Ridgeline will quickly be familiar with the Passport’s cabin. The layout and design, though not as luxurious, are organized nicely. The materials used are adequate and sturdy. The interior storage is clever and abundant, with up to 77.9 cubic feet of cargo more than any other SUV in its class. The back seat is spacious and allows the Passport to transport up to five people. An extra storage level can be found under the cargo floor, with optional removable plastic bins perfect for hiding valuables and easy to clean.

2021 Honda Passport dash and infotainment view

The 2021 Passport base Sport trim now comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen for Honda’s Display Audio infotainment system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. Bluetooth and various power points are also included. However, a 115-volt outlet, built-in navigation, an upgraded audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless phone charging are only available on top-tier Touring and Elite models.

2021 Honda Passport back seat view

Safety and Driver-Assistance

As previously mentioned, the 2021 Honda Passport earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2021 Honda Passport safety feature

The 2021 Passport also comes equipped with standard advanced safety features, which include:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Stop-and-go adaptive cruise control


  • The limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

In Conclusion

The 2021 Honda Passport is an excellent 5-seater SUV for city driving and outdoor adventures. Its distinct rugged character stands out from its sibling rivals while also providing the successful attributes they hold. The 2021 Passport’s cargo space is above average among midsize SUVs, and it has some light off-road abilities. If you like the Honda Pilot but don’t need something quite so big, the 2021 Passport is worth checking out. If you are interested on road testing the 2021 Honda Passportt for yourself give us a call. The 2021 Honda Passport is a great car to test drive.


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