Motortrend:https://www.motortrend.com/cars/honda/passport/2019/2019-honda-passport-first-drive-review/ -The Passport isn’t the most affordable model in the segment, but Honda says you get more bang for your buck, given the increase in standard equipment over its competition (Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Murano, and Jeep Grand Cherokee). For a five-passenger SUV, the prices might seem too high to some, but only time will tell whether the market is ready for more Passport adventures.
Full breakdown of trims and pricing here: https://www.carscoops.com/2019/01/2019-honda-passport-pricing-starts-at-32k/
My take: So overall, seems to be very competent balanced vehicle and it’s more about what it can do on the rare occasions you take it off road vs what it will be actually used for. More offroad capability could be achieved by changing tires and wheels I would say, and honestly the new Toyota Rav4 adventure trim should be able to do most if not all the stuff the Passport did in that Utah course. Should be good in rain and snow in any case and that matters more for most people end of the day .
The reviewers all seem impressed, but looks like there are 2 areas where they disagreed - the transmission and steering. IMO this is basically a bigger V6 forester and with the loss of the XT, If I were in the market I would take this over that + the competition mentioned above, except the Jeep grand Cherokee, and I prefer this over even something like the Outback 3.6R . Wish they had the 2.0T 10 speed combo in it but I guess that’s what the Acura RDX is for. Will definitely take an RDX over the passport even if it smaller and more expensive, though.
Honda is really pushing hard on the outdoorsy and rugged image and given the brand name, resale, proven success of the Pilot, I predict this will become the segment leader in no time.