The Passport was a part of a partnership between Isuzu and Honda in the 1990s, which saw an exchange of passenger vehicles from Honda to Isuzu, such as the Isuzu Oasis, and trucks from Isuzu to Honda, such as the Passport and Acura SLX. This arrangement was convenient for both companies, as Isuzu discontinued passenger car production in 1993 after a corporate restructuring, and Honda was in desperate need of an SUV, a segment that was growing in popularity in North America as well as Japan during the 1990s. The partnership ended in 2002 with the discontinuation of the Passport in favor of the Honda-engineered Pilot.
In November 2018, Honda announced that the Passport nameplate will return as a two-row mid-size crossover SUV slotted between the CR-V and Pilot. The third-generation Passport was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 27, 2018. It will be built at their factory in Lincoln, Alabama, and will be available for the 2019 model year.
The first generation Passport was offered in three trims, the base model DX, mid-range LX, and upscale EX. DX models had a 5-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) layout and a 2.6 L four-cylinder engine producing 89.5 kW (120 hp; 122 PS). LX models could be had with an optional 4-speed automatic transmission, optional four-wheel-drive (4WD) and a 3.2 L V6 engine producing 130.5 kW (175 hp; 177 PS) as standard. The upscale EX offered the 3.2 L V6 engine and four-wheel-drive as standard. Some first generation Passports were equipped with a rear axle built by General Motors. Others had a Dana built "Spicer 44" rear axle.
Model year changes
For 1995 MY, the Passport received driver and front passenger airbags. EX trims gained extra equipment.
For 1996 MY, the 3.2 L V6 was upgraded from 130.5 kW (175 hp; 177 PS) to 142 kW (190 hp; 193 PS). A shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system became available.
For 1997 MY, the DX trim was dropped. The 2.6 L engine option was also dropped. All models now had the V6 engine.
For the second generation model, two trim levels were offered: LX and upscale EX. EX had the spare tire below the cargo area and LX mounted in a swing carrier at rear. Minor changes for the 2000 model year included 2-tone exterior colors, and optional 16 in (406 mm) wheels for the LX trim. An optional CD changer was provided by the dealer.
In 2010, a recall was issued for affected 1998-2002 Rodeo and Passport for frames with severe rust issues. On September 22, 2010, NHTSA campaign number 10V436000 was issued to recall 149,992 vehicles because of excessive corrosion near the forward bracket for the left or right rear suspension lower link. If the rust damage was severe, Honda bought back the vehicles from their owners. Under U.S. federal regulations, automakers are not required to correct problems on vehicles that are ten or more years old.
After a long hiatus, the third generation Passport launched in the United States in 2019. Unlike previous generations, it is designed and manufactured by Honda — a shorter version of the Pilot with more off-roading features. The MSRP is $31,990 for a Sport, with EX-L, Touring, and Elite models also available. There is no base LX Trim, which explains why the MSRP for the Passport is more than that of the Honda Pilot's $31,450. The Passport was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 27, 2018 before going on sale in February 2019. It will be built at their factory in Lincoln, Alabama. It is slotted between the smaller CR-V and longer 3-row Pilot and will compete with the 2-row Chevrolet Blazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Murano crossovers.
Trim levels for the all-new 2019 Honda Passport are base Sport, mid-level EX-L,'Touring, and top-of-the-line Elite. All trim levels include Front Wheel Drive (FWD) as standard equipment, with All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) as an option, except for the Touring, where it is standard equipment. All trim levels come very well-equipped, with features such as Bluetooth for both hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming via A2DP, the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technologies, the Honda LaneWatch camera system (including a rearview backup camera system), keyless access with push-button start, air conditioning, alloy wheels, and power windows, door locks, and mirrors. Most trim levels also includeremote start, a HondaLink touchscreen infotainment system with SiriusXMSatellite Radio, HD Radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Autosmartphone integration, leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats, power front seats, a power sunroof, dual-zone electronic climate controls, and a premium audio system with a subwoofer.
Under the hood is the same 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and nine-speed, pushbutton-controlled automatic transmission as found in the Pilot. Front-wheel drive is standard; Honda's all-wheel-drive system, dubbed i-VTM4 (Intelligent Variable Torque Management), is optional, and features drive settings for Normal, Sand, Snow, and Mud. A two-speed transfer case is not available. Ground clearance is a useful 7.5 inches (8.1 inches for all-wheel-drive models) and the Passport can tow 5000 pounds. It's quick, too; in our testing, it went from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The ride is comfortable and the steering is pleasingly direct, all of which give the Passport a nimble, agile feeling from behind the wheel.
On the inside, there are two rows of seats with room for five. With the rear seat in use, there is 41 cubic feet of storage; folded, there is 78 cubic feet of room. Base Passport Sport models use a smaller, non-touchscreen-based radio, while the optional system has an 8.0-inch touchscreen. All Passports get the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance features, a bundle that includes adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure warning with lane-keep steering assist. Full-LED exterior lighting also is standard, along with push-button starting, keyless entry, three-zone climate control, and a 215-watt audio system with six speakers and a subwoofer. 
On April Fool's Day, April 1, 2019, Honda released a YouTube advertisement for the all-new 2019 Passport. The advertisement featured a 2019 Passport, called the "Past-Port", with a first-generation Passport's interior, touting features that were popular in the mid-to-late-1990s, including automatic power windows, an audio system with cassette player and cassette adapter, pager holder, and air conditioning. The advertisement features an actor wearing 1990s-era clothing, and holding a Motorolacellular phone. Viewers of the advertisement could also call a special toll free number, 1-833-PAST-PORT (1-833-727-8767), where they would be greeted by a voice message from Fred Savage, and could then leave a voicemail on Honda's microcassetteanswering machine explaining why they would like to own a 2019 Past-Port. The advertisement is no longer viewable on Honda's YouTube channel as of May 2019, and the toll free number is no longer in service. 
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