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3 Things To Know About The 2019 Honda Passport

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In 2002, Japanese carmaker Honda decided to discontinue the Passport but it made a return at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Honda Passport will fill the gap between the CR-V and the Pilot.

The best thing about the current Passport is it was designed exclusively by Honda and it won’t be a rebadged Isuzu like the former model. Based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform, the new Passport shares the same body construction, underpinnings, and drivetrain components with the three-row Pilot and the Ridgeline pickup trucks.

Exterior

The Honda Passport stands out from the rest of the Japanese carmaker’s smaller SUVs, but it did borrow design elements from the bigger Pilot such as the headlamps and the small turn signals. Honda thankfully made an effort for the Passport to stand out by gifting it with a mesh with small, oval outlets and black trim at the top for its grille. This gives the crossover a more rugged look that fits its outdoor-type personality.

The Passport can also be set apart by the number of accessories Honda is offering it with such as roof boxes of various sizes, a roof basket, and a roof-mounted bike, kayak, and ski or snowboard racks.

Interior

Inside, the Passport offers the roomiest space for passengers at 115.9 cubic feet. The total interior volume is 157.1 cubic feet plus a large, 2.5-cubic-foot segmented underfloor cargo compartment to carry your dirty gear or to keep valuables out of sight. The trunk has a total of 41.2 cubic feet of luggage room, too.

The Passport’s dashboard looks exactly like the Pilot’s with the infotainment system sitting between the rectangular AC vents and the rest of the center stack wrapped in black trim that extends to the passenger side and the steering wheel.

Drivetrain

Again, the Passport and the Pilot share the same platform and the same engine. The Passport arrives with a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes the same 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This placed the Passport above most of its competitors (the Subaru Forester and the Nissan Murano). The V-6 engine is paired with Honda’s nine-speed automatic transmission. As standard, the Passport has a two-wheel drive system but you can choose an all-wheel drive.

Top 3 Reasons To Buy The All-New Honda Passport SUV

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Honda said that its all-new Passport, which is on the clock for an early 2020 release, is a do-it-all SUV. Sandwiched between the CR-V and the range-topping Pilot, the Honda Passport has enough space inside for the family but also has the power to be an off-roader.

Honda has yet to give specifics on the trim levels, though it said that the SUV will be available in four trim levels, including the range-topping Elite trim. Pricing will be announced once the launch date is near. It should be cheaper than the top-level Pilot, which starts at $31,450.

1. The Passport Produces 280 Horsepower

The only SUV in its segment more powerful than the upcoming Passport SUV is the 290-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Passport has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It is more powerful than the 240-horsepower Ford Edge, the 260-horsepower Nissan Murano, and the 270-horsepower Toyota 4Runner.

That V-6 engine is paired with Honda’s nine-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel-drive system with an optional all-wheel drive with i-VTM4 torque vectoring on all trims. With the torque vectoring, the Passport improves its off-road capabilities.

2. The Passport Can Tow 3,500 Pounds

Honda boasts that the Passport can tow an impressive 3,500 pounds. That’s double the capacity of the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano. The Passport’s towing capacity is comparable only to the Grand Cherokee, which is being considered more of the higher-end Pilot’s competitor even in terms of power output.

The only SUV in its class with a higher towing capacity is the Toyota 4Runner, which can tow a whopping 5,000 pounds. But with the option of the four-wheel drive, the Passport can easily tow 5,000 pounds, too.

3. The Passport Has An Elegant Interior

Don’t think of the Passport as purely utilitarian. It has the same fancy interior as other SUVs. The dashboard layout is pristine and Honda’s new digital infotainment system comes standard from the EXL trims and above. It has an eight-inch touchscreen that controls a number of tech features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Honda Announces Price, Specs For CR-V Hybrid Version

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The Honda CR-V hybrid model will have a starting price of £29,105 ($37,370) in the UK. Honda also announced the specs and features for the well-loved SUV’s hybrid version.

Under the hood, the CR-V hybrid version is powered by an all-new twin motor Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid powertrain. This combines an electric motor, a 2.0-liter petrol engine, and a separate electric motor-generator that will deliver a total output of 181 horses and 315Nm of torque.

To reduce size and mass, the new system employs a single-fixed gear ratio instead of the conventional gearbox. Buyers can choose if they want a front- or a four-wheel drive.

The four-wheel-drive models start at £32,065 ($41,171) and can be as expensive as £37,255 ($47,835). The trim has a lineup made up of four specifications: S, SE, SR, and EX. The top-of-the-range versions will arrive with a heated steering wheel, head-up display, panoramic glass roof, leather and cruise control as standard.

As the first car in Honda’s lineup to use the new hybrid system, CR-V is pressured to show the rest of the world that the Japanese automaker is ready to move progressively towards a more environment-friendly development phase. The powertrain used in the hybrid version will automatically shuffle between these three driving modes—EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive—depending on the conditions and how the car is being driven.

The pure EB and hybrid driving modes are configured for low speed and urban driving, so don’t expect much. If you want more power, the petrol engine can kick in and put the wheels in motion. It is also used to deliver power to the electric motor and recharge the battery pack.

In official tests, the front-wheel drive achieves a 53.3 mpg rating while the four-wheel-drive model only has 51.4 mpg. Emission ratings are 120g/km for the front wheel drive model and 126g/km for the four-wheel drive.

Honda Revives Passport Name As Fourth SUV

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There will be a fourth SUV from Honda and through that, the Japanese automaker will revive the Passport name, which used to be appended to a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo. There were some teaser images of the new SUV from Honda but we can barely see anything since in the two photos, the SUV is either covered in dust or photographed from a bird’s eye point of view.

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While it’s hard to see anything with these teaser photos, the power of digital-altering software is again on our side. With the magic of zoom and enhance, we’re able to make out some details of the new Honda Passport’s exterior.

The Honda Passport will look like a shortened version of the Honda Pilot. That is evident on the window line of the dusty SUV we saw in the photos. There’s also a crease along the door handles that look the same as the bigger Pilot’s handles. The grille will have a general shape that is similar to the wide, chrome-laden fascia of both the Pilot and the Ridgeline.

This theory is supported by another fact: the Passport is going to be designed and developed in the United States, Honda proudly said. It will be built at Honda’s factory in Lincoln, Alabama, the home of the Honda Odyssey, Pilot, and the Ridgeline. So even if the Japanese carmaker decides to divert away from the design elements of the Pilot, the Passport will very likely be built on the same platform as the Pilot and the Ridgeline.

This brings us to another tidbit. It looks like the Passport is going to have the same naturally aspirated V6 with one or two of the transmissions.

We should know more details about the Passport when it is unveiled on November 27 before the start of the Los Angeles auto show.

Prices Go Up For The 2019 Honda Accord

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The Honda Accord, one of the most important vehicles in the Japanese automaker’s lineup, isn’t getting fixed for the 2019 model year but it is going to have a slight price hike. The company also decided to shake the trim levels a bit, eliminating the 1.5-liter Touring model from last year.

The 2019 Accord lineup still has the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim with the LX acting as the base model and with a standard output of 192 horsepower from its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The Sport, EX, EX-L models can be bought with either a 1.5-liter engine or the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 252 horsepower.

The Sport 1.5T and 2.0T models are still available with the six-speed manual transmission while the CVT remains to be standard across the range. Since last year’s 1.5-liter Touring trim has been discontinued, it means the top tier would be the 2.0T. The Accord hybrid, on the other hand, will offer base, EX, and Touring trims.

The Sport model will now start at $27,075, up by $400 from a model-year ago while the other trim levels each get a $150 bump to $24,615 for the LX, $28,515 for the EX, $31,015 for the EX-L, and $36,845 for the Touring. The upcoming Accord hybrid is a bit more expensive than the current model. It now has a starting price of $26,215, up by $220. The EX and Touring trims of the hybrid increased by $330 and $280, respectively.

Everybody’s a big fan of the Accord. The midsize sedan is the brand’s biggest and arguably most important vehicle. The 10th generation model, which debuted for the 2019 model-year, is said to be the best Accord yet so there’s really no need to tinker with it or change any of its features and layout.

The 2019 Accord already arrived at dealerships on November 1.

2019 Honda Civic Type R Rolls Out At $36,595

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There will be a slight increase in the prices of the updated Honda Civic Type R and Hatchback. The two variants will go on sale on November 3 and the Type R will have a starting price of $36,595, an increase of $1,000 from last year.

Like the Civic Si that was introduced earlier, the Type R and the Hatchback will have an updated infotainment system that has physical buttons and a volume knob that replaces the haptic controls on the previous model. Standard to the EX trims and higher are the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto. The Japanese automaker made the cabin more comfortable, too, with larger cupholders, revised controls for the steering wheel, and an indicator light on the electric parking brake that signals when engaged.

Aside from the interior updates, the Type R will also have a new Sonic Gray Pearl color option. The hot hatch, on the other hand, will only have one trim level with one engine—a 2.0-liter turbo-four that produces 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

The hatchback is priced starting at $22,345, an increase from last model’s $21,045. The Honda Sensing tech will come with a hefty price tag. It includes collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow.

There will no longer be a base hatchback with a manual transmission. The six-speed manual transmission has been upgraded to the Sport with a starting price of $23,145, up from last year’s $22,645 when paired with the manual. The CVT-equipped Sport models will be sold for $23,945, up by a mere $500 from last model’s price tag.

The EX models will start at $24,645. The EX Navi is priced at $27,145 while the top-of-the-line Sport Touring remains unchanged at $29,645. All Hatchback models will continue to have a 1.5-liter turbo-four engine that cranks out 180 horses on the Sport and Sport Touring and 174 horsepower on the other trims.

Next-Gen Honda Fit Spotted

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We are not going to see the next generation of the popular subcompact Honda Fit or Jazz in other countries until at least 2020, but it’s nice to know that the Japanese automaker is testing a prototype on public roads.

The next-generation Fit, which will replace the current-generation subcompact launched in 2015, was spotted wearing heavy camouflage in a series of spy shots. That did not stop us, of course, from getting hints of what’s to come and these are a completely redesigned Fit with a very different shape from the current model.

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Instead of the sharp nose, the next-gen Fit might have a flatter-looking front with the headlights and taillights taking on a more horizontal-looking appearance. This is important to note because taking on a horizontal orientation will give the Fit a more mature look than previous and the current model.

These little details might change as the model moves closer to the production date but what is interesting to note is the changes on the rear end. It appears, at least for now, that the rear end will stand more upright than the slope orientation of the current model.

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The car’s profile appears lower because of the skirts and the bumpers that extend downwards. This hints that the next-gen Fit will have a more aggressive and sportier look. The Fit remains true to it being a subcompact car. It still looks small, which Honda is pressured to do so after making the Civic a much bigger car.

We don’t have enough information about the powertrains that the new-gen Fit will come with, but we believe it will probably get a gasoline and a hybrid option eventually. The gas engine might be the 1.0-liter boosted three-cylinder that Honda is using in other markets now. There is also the possibility of an all-electric version for the redesigned Fit but until we see something substantial from Honda, we’ll hold our thoughts on that.

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Honda Civic Gets Refreshed For 2019 Model Year

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For the first time since it was launched in 2015, the Honda Civic is receiving a refresh for the 2019 model year. Aside from an updated design, the Civic is also getting a new Sport trim and Honda Sensing on all trim levels.

Design

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Nothing much has changed in terms of design but when you look at it closely, you’ll notice the subtle yet elegant changes Honda made. The upper front fascia wing is painted in black and the layout of the lower fascia is different—the vents are now integrated into a single unit rather than three sections. Other updates on the design are a full-width front splitter, chrome side pod accents, updated halogen or LED headlights, new wheel designs, and a chrome accent on the rear bumper of the sedan.

Sport trim

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The Japanese automaker is introducing the new Sport trim for the 2019 Civic. This trim is rather unique and can stand on its own. It has piano black accents on the lower front fascia and black 18-inch wheels. The sedan gets an additional rear decklid spoiler, too.

Inside, the Sport trim has an updated 7-inch infotainment screen and a volume knob that replaces the interesting sliding mechanism on previous models.

The Sport trim should be affordable since it is being placed between the LX and the EX. It has not announced the price list yet, but the 2018 prices range between $19,835 and $22,235 for the LX and EX sedans and between $20,245 and $22,695 for the LX and EX-T coupes.

For its engine, the Sport trim will get the base 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a CVT.

Honda Sensing

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The Japanese automaker is bringing its driver assistance technology package to all trim levels of the Civic sedan and coupe. The package includes a collision mitigation braking system with forward collision warning, road departure mitigation with lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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Honda HR-V Updated, Now with Starting Price of $21,515

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The 2019 Honda HR-V received a slew of new technologies and more refined features that turn this subcompact crossover into a definite all-star. The model will also get a revised CVT, additional sound deadening for a quieter cabin, and an updated all-wheel-drive system. The base model is priced at $21,515, a clean $850 increase from last year’s model.

The six-speed manual was removed from the lineup, so all variants now come with a CVT.

Base LX

The HR-V’s base LX now has halogen projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, and a redesigned cupholder. Other standard features are a 5-inch infotainment screen, LED taillights, steering wheel audio controls, rearview camera, and driver-side seat height adjustment.

Sport Trim

There’s a new trim called the Sport trim that sits right after the base LX. It has a black trim, 8-inch wheels, a black headliner, active noise cancellation, and sport pedals. It also comes standard with a variable gear ratio electric power steering that will enhance the steering feel. Some other goodies are an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Sport trim will sell for $23,215.

EX

For the first time ever, the HR-V will enjoy the Honda Sensing in the EX trim. This includes collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and lane keeping assist. It also received a moonroof, heated front seats, and fully automatic headlights for $24,715.

EX-L

The EX-L will get leather-trimmed seats, leather steering wheel, leather shift knob, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror for $26,315.

If you want an all-wheel-drive system for any of the trim levels (except for the Touring), you would have to pay an additional $1,400.

Touring

The Touring comes standard with an all-wheel-drive. Aside from that, it also gets an embedded navigation, LED high and low beam headlights, LED foglights, an eight-way power driver seat, HomeLink, exclusive 17-inch wheels, and double-stitched perforated leather upholstery.

The engine is the same 1.8-liter inline-four that produces 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The new color options for the HR-V are Orange Burst Metallic, Midnight Amethyst Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl.

Honda Introduces Everus Concept At Beijing Auto Show

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Those of you who think that Honda is simply dwindling their thumbs while everyone is jumping on the electrification bandwagon will soon be proven wrong. At the 2018 Beijing International Motor Show, the Japanese automaker unveiled the Everus concept, a HR-V-looking electric vehicle that signals Honda’s entrance into a market dominated by the likes of Tesla.

Even though it is still a concept, the Everus looks like it’s ready to roll out of the production line. Details are still scant and we barely know any information about the Everus, but looking at the photos showed the same size and proportions as the Honda HR-V. It even has the weird rear door handles that are placed at the C-pillar.

If this is how Honda’s new EV will look like, it will definitely draw a lot of praise from enthusiasts and Honda fans. Unlike other concept cars that are too far off from the actual production unit, the Everus has a promising future to look like the concept. We can probably surmise that development of the EV is underway and near to being finalized since the Japanese carmaker claims it will start manufacturing the Everus later this year.

Of course, we can look at it from the business angle: Honda has just partnered with Chinese automaker GAC, so it’s entirely plausible that the Japanese company is rushing the development of the first model of its EV line.

Considering the competitions we have in the EV market, it’s not surprising that Honda is working fast to get the Everus out there. Not only will this be available to the Chinese market, Honda also plans to roll out the model through a car-sharing service offered by Reachstar, a Chinese company that specializes in providing car share services.

What we’re sure is that this will welcome a new generation for Honda; a generation that will tap into the endless possibilities of a more electrified auto industry.

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