2023 Honda Passport Caught Testing for the First Time

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The new 2023 Honda Passport has been tested recently for the first time, wearing a more rugged style. The spotted prototype featured limited camouflage, and we can clearly see where changes will be eventually made. In general, we don’t expect something significant, but a mid-life facelift is present.

As far as we know, Honda will alter the Passport’s philosophy and adopt a more rugged design that should be inspired by the Ridgeline pickup truck. All upcoming Honda Passport variants will use the same proven 3.5-liter V6 with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) torque. We cannot wait to see how the new model will handle competitors in the same class, such as the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Murano, and the Subaru Outback.

2023 Honda Passport side

2023 Honda Passport First Look

The new 2023 Honda Passport is the SUV inspired by a Honda Ridgeline pickup truck like the Honda Pilot. The design philosophy is the same, and all models share plenty of cues. Actually, the new Passport separates a little from the rest of the models because this time, designers have given the Passport an all-new attractive grille with a mesh design.

In addition, the facelifted Passport looks more rugged than before, and as we noticed, the manufacturer will also add a new front bumper that is chunkier. At the back, Honda will modifications the rear end with a new bumper and larger, circular tailpipes, and new red taillight lenses.

Cabin Improvements

The last model has received some technology boost, and we expect the new model to follow that. So, we presume that Honda will make the cabin more comfortable and add more quality materials. Anyway, the Passport will remain a two-seater SUV that has room for five passengers. As we mentioned, Honda added some new technology features last year, including an 8-inch infotainment system that replaced the old 5-inch display.

As standard, the Passport also supports Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Interestingly, even the entry-level model included the Honda Sensing array of driver aids. This package contains automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning/lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control.

2023 Honda Passport rear

2023 Honda Passport Engine Specs

As before, the same 3.5-liter V6 propels the new 2023 Honda Passport. This engine is potent, and it delivers sturdy 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Also, like every competitor, the Passport comes with front wheels (FWD) or all four (AWD) depending on trim or equipment selection. It sends power through a 9-speed automatic transmission with very smooth shifting.

However, some of its rivals use a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but this configuration is far better in many ways. The fuel efficiency is excellent, thanks to variable cylinder management, Eco Assist, and a stop/restart function when idling.

2023 Honda Passport rear look

2023 Honda Passport Release Date and Price

As we stated, the new 2023 Honda Passport has been spied testing recently, featuring mild body camo. The upcoming SUV looks refreshed, and it will adopt a more rugged design inspired by the Ridgeline pickup truck.

We expect the redesigned model to appear on the market next year with a much higher starting price. The current generation costs $32,590 for the base model, while the range-topping Elite trim starts at $45,100.

Source: carscoops.com

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