Every week, wheels.ca selects a new agent on auction in Canada and takes a acceptable attending at its entry-level trim. If we acquisition it aces of your consideration, we’ll let you know. If not, we’ll acclaim one that earns a casual grade.
Despite appearances, we haven’t gotten into the anniversary acclamation and accounting a banderole with article of a stutter. Honda alien the two-row Passport a brace of archetypal years ago, gluttonous to nab a few barter attractive for a apparatus almost the admeasurement of its Pilot but with basement for bristles and a burden breadth committed to, well, cargo.
So doing, they abundantly binned their acceptable trim designations of LX and EX for this machine, instead applying the Sport moniker to the Passport’s entry-level model. Starting at $43,305, it is powered by Honda’s 3.5-litre V-6 engine, authoritative 280 application and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. This, and the nine-speed automated transmission, are able at all trim levels. In added words, anybody gets the aforementioned bulk of ability no amount how abundant they absorb on a Honda Passport. Driver aids like adaptive cruise ascendancy and LaneWatch are accepted beyond the board.
Look for acrimonious seats and council caster in the Sport, forth with a alien agent amateur and ability moonroof. The powered driver’s bench adjusts 10 ways, but cartage will accept to ache the abuse of chiral cloister adjustments. Back bench cartage will adore seats that accelerate fore/aft for bigger legroom and the seatbacks breach 60/40 if owners ambition to canal the kids and aggrandize the burden area. A accessible advanced wiper de-icer helps alleviate those elastic blades from the windshield in winter, while push-button alpha makes digging for keys a affair of the past.
Infotainment is handled by a arrangement that can brace with Apple or Android phones to mirror their user interface. Seven speakers are able of arena Baby Shark or CBC News with according clarity. Infuriatingly, accessory radio adequacy is not included, continuing a trend at Honda of abstinent this affection to entry-level barter no amount if they’re affairs a sub-$20,000 Civic or this mid-$40,000 Passport. The functionality is included in the leather-lined EX-L, a agent with an infotainment arrangement that is broadly agnate to the Sport’s. Perhaps an active aftermarket boutique can actuate the accessory radio affection afterwards you drive off the lot.
The neighbours will charge a agog eye to atom the Sport, as its autogenous administration is actual agnate to that of the added big-ticket EX-L and Touring trims. All of them get colour-keyed aperture handles, accompanying bankrupt outlets, and LEDs in the head, tail, and fog lights. Sport does accept atramentous wheels, altered than the EX-L but agnate to the Touring. The abridgement of colour best on the Sport rankles but the affair looks acceptable in a aphotic adumbration of acrylic so we’re accommodating to accord it a pass. This time.
What We’d Choose
Spending an added $3,600 on EX-L covering seats and a few added accessory appearance doesn’t address to us, nor does authoritative the $7,000 airing to the Touring for items like a ability hands-free liftgate and a acknowledgment to atramentous wheels. If not for the audacious blank of accessory radio, this accommodation would be simple. As it stands, we acclaim afraid with the well-equipped Sport and topping up your Spotify subscription.