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2019 Honda Passport ditches some seats, gains some ruggedness


As Americans clear their refrigerators of any remaining Thanksgiving leftovers, Honda is serving up a crossover made from reheated ingredients.


Crossovers like the Passport aren’t known for off-road prowess, but Honda claims its latest offering will perform better than most.


The Passport’s shorter overall length and reduced front and rear overhangs also improve approach, breakover, and departure angles, according to Honda.


Touring and Elite trim levels get an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to 10 devices.


The Passport comes standard with the Honda Sensing bundle of driver aids, including autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.


When it arrives in showrooms, the Passport will compete in a growing niche of five-seat midsize crossovers that already includes the Ford Edge , five-seat version of the Hyundai Santa Fe, and Nissan Murano, and will soon add a five-seat version of the Volkswagen Atlas , and the new Chevrolet Blazer .






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