2023 Honda Passport Release Date, Estimated Price Increase, and Upgrades

Simple to drive and loaded with convenient features, the Passport has a following that anticipates its newest launch. Read about the 2023 Honda Passport release date here.

Honda Passport is an unbeatable SUV model in the area of simplicity and cargo area. While a lot of other vehicles can provide better fuel economy and technology, the spaciousness this car offers is hard to top. If you’re interested in purchasing the newest model year of the vehicle, read about the 2023 Honda Passport release date, estimated price, and redesign below.

A Brief Insight into the Honda Passport
A Brief Insight into the Honda Passport

A Brief Insight into the Honda Passport

Now, before getting into the 2023 Honda Passport release date, let’s discuss first about this particular vehicle model. The Passport is a member of SUV lineup from the global Japanese-originated automaker Honda. It was first introduced in 1993 as a 1994 model year into the developing market of SUV cars in the USA during the 90s.

The Passport was born as a part of Honda and Isuzu’s partnership during that decade. It was the time where SUV segment was growing not only in Japan, but also North America region. However, Isuzu’s production of passenger car was discontinued due to a corporate restructuring in 1993.  In 2002, this partnership reached and end and the Passport was discontinued.

The nameplate was announced in late 2018 to get a revival as a 2-row mid-size crossover SUV, with a size that sits between the Pilot and CR-V. Currently, the Passport is in its 3rd generation, which was revealed for the first time in November 2018 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. To this day, this SUV is built in Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama assembly plant.

2023 Honda Passport Interior
2023 Honda Passport Interior

The Passport Possible Redesigns

The 2023 Honda Passport release date is expected to arrive without bringing major changes for the model. Some possible upgrades are including minor optional package adjustments, new colors, and possibly further advancement of Honda Performance Development (HPD) extras.

This prediction is made because the previous model year of the Passport has brought plenty of significant upgrades, one of them being sharpening the SUV’s appearance by putting a squarer proportion, a beefier grille, and updated bumpers to create a bolder front end. Last year, a new performance-inspired trim called TrailSport was released as well, with a set of trim-specific features—primarily in the visual area. The rest of the upgrades are rather subtle such as new contrast stitching on the EX-L trim’s leather wrapped seat.

The 2023 Honda Passport is most likely to bring the current powertrain: a 280 HP 3.5L V6 engine paired with 9-speed automatic transmission—which it shares with the Pilot. FWD system comes as standard, but optional AWD variant is available. The FWD version sports 7.5” of ground clearance, while the AWD model boasts 8.1” instead. The model has a towing capability up to 5,000 pounds.

The 2-row car hopefully will address its rough ride problem when it steps off road and its top-heavy character due to the high ride height. Otherwise, it provides comfortable rides and pleasing steering that makes the Passport agile.

The EPA estimation rating for the Passport’s fuel economy is different for the FWD and AWD variants. The FWD earned 20/25 mpg city/highway, while the AWD acquired a bit worse rating at 19/24 mpg city/highway.

The inside of Honda Passport is known to be quite unremarkable, but it does have neatly organized control and appealing material. The driver seat row feels comfortable and wide with adjustable armrest that comes as convenient feature. The spaciousness of the cargo and backseat has always been the primary strength of this vehicle model, so it is expected to remain similarly excellent.

When the 2023 Honda Passport release date finally announced, it probably brings the same 8” touchscreen infotainment display with smartphone integration included such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other necessities it offers are including Bluetooth connection and USB ports. Some additional entertainment features like wireless charging, hotspot, more upgraded sound system, and built-in navigation are available in the fully loaded trims Elite and Touring.

2023 Honda Passport Design
2023 Honda Passport Design

The 2023 Honda Passport Release Date and Price Increase Estimation

The prices of both new and used car nowadays increase throughout the board. For the last model year, the Passport is offered with a rising cost of around $5,000. You may expect the price increase to be slightly less than this number for the 2023 model year.

Nothing has been confirmed yet about the 2023 Honda Passport release date, but if it does follow the schedule last year, it should be arrived during winter of 2022 calendar year.