Honda is ready to show how rugged its SUVs and trucks are. It started with the updated 2021 Ridgeline and now the 2022 Passport has gotten a refresh to make it look more rugged and ready for an adventure.
Starting at the front, everything from the A pillar forward has been redesigned to give it a more aggressive look than before. The 2022 Passport gets new fenders, a new hood with a pronounced power bulge, a new squared off nose and upright grille. It looks similar to the Ridgeline and should easily help with Honda’s goal to make the Passport look more rugged and ready to go off-roading. At the rear there’s a new bumper with larger exhaust finishers.
The other big news is the addition of the Passport TrailSport, which features a unique grille, and more aggressive front and rear bumpers with silver skid garnish. It also gets machined 18-inch wheels and its front & rear track widths have been increased 10 mm. The TrailSport comes standard with all-wheel drive. To make it even more ready for an adventure, it also gets power folding mirrors and a heated windshield wiper parking area to keep them from getting stuck in cold weather.
Inside the TrailSport gets orange contrast stitching on the steering wheel, door panels and seats the TrailSport logo embroidered on the front seat head rests and on the standard all-season rubber floor mats. At night, the interior features exclusive amber ambient lighting.
Honda says that down the line, the Passport TrailSport will get more aggressive tires and an off-road tuned suspension.
“Some may not realize the true rugged, off-road capabilities of our light trucks,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of National Operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Now they’re getting tough, rugged looks to match, and the addition of TrailSport will further enhance the off-road capability of our vehicles in the future.”
The Passport comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet, that’s mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.