On a chill fall day in Marietta, Georgia, I had the pleasure of test driving the New 2020 Honda Passport. I drove through Old Town, along suburban roads and on the highway. I had the opportunity to drive quite a few vehicles during the A Girls Guide to Cars annual conference. The 2020 Honda Passport was definitely one of my favorites.
2020 Honda Passport: Mom Approved!
Honda has competitive pricing with the Sport package starting at $31, 990. The vehicle I tested came fully loaded at 39,991. The Passport beats the competition by delivering many of the same options for a lower overall price. It’s rugged mid-sized SUV that performs well both in the city and off the beaten path.
As a busy mom, safety is a top priority. I love that every Honda Passport comes standard with “Honda Sensing.” This is a collection of technologies that helps assist drivers to be more aware and even avoid a collision.
- Auto-braking for front crash avoidance
- Blind spot alert
- Road Departure Mitegation
- Lane Departure Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control is my favorite feature! It helps maintain a set following interval behind other vehicles on the highway. It’s super helpful in stop and go traffic.
Power and Handling
I love a car with a bit of muscle. The 280 Horsepower, 3.5 liter V6 engine gives you the extra power for towing a trailer or making a two-lane pass on the highway. Every Passport comes with snow mode and the all-wheel-drive (AWD) models come with mud and sand modes as well. You’ll get the traction you need in a variety of terrain conditions.
The AWD models can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Yee Haw! I’d love to hit the road and see more national parks with a sweet trailer.
Drive like a Boss
I like to drive with authority. When I want to make a move, I want my car to respond promptly. The Honda Passport provides the oomph I love when I want to accelerate quickly. Paddle shifters also provide the ability to downshift for even more control. I’m a Mom Boss and this car drives like one too.
Comfort and Style
I love the best of both worlds. Leather trimmed seating and steering wheel add a touch of luxury. Heated seats in the front and rear are perfect for New England Winters. Ventilated front seats help drivers stay cool during muggy summer months. Both front and rear seats are spacious and comfortable. The center console is huge with plenty of space for storage.
I love the Honda Passport’s 8-inch touchscreen. It’s clear, crisp and colorful, yet not distracting. It puts all of my settings, maps, apps, etc. right at my fingertips. It seemlessly connects to many smartphones. There’s even a wireless phone changer for compatible phones.
The wide screen offers an ample viewing area for the rear view camera for optimum visibility when driving in reverse. Drivers can select from multiple angles: normal, top-down or wide.
Room to Grow
One of my colleagues described hunting for the right car is a bit like Goldielocks looking for her “just right.” The spacious back row is perfect for my teens to spread out. For families with young children, it easily fits 2 car seats with ample space for a third child or adult to comfortably ride in the middle. It even fits 3 car seats side by side so it’s a car a small family can grow into.
Cargo Space and a Good Book
The enormous cargo space provides ample room folks who enjoy road trips, tailgating, camping, and more. We’re talking 50 cubic feet behind the rear seat or 100 if the seats are folded down. There’s even storage within the storage. Hidden compartments under the floor provide options for storing emergency supplies or hide valuables.
Around town, it’s great for grocery shopping, especially for a visit to a big-box store. For a mommy time out, I can picture myself curled up with a blanket, pillow and a good book.
When my hands are full, all I need to to is kick my foot at the rear sensor under the bumper and the tailgate is activated. I’ve always wanted this feature! I think every mom does.
What’s not to love?
Frankly, there was not much I didn’t like about the Honda Passport. Probably the only thing I’d change would be a little extra sound dampening for the cabin. Other than that, I’d proudly own a Honda Passport.