The Honda Passport is an SUV with quite an interesting history. Itís not originally a Honda vehicle, and didnít have the most successful track record. For itís time, it was a good sports utility vehicle that offered superior handling than most vehicles available. If you still have one in your garage, get your hands on a Honda Passport service manual! Simple things like fluid changes and easy part replacements can be done by you, in your own garage! Just follow the instructions youíll find in a manual, and keep your Passport running strong!
The original iteration of the Honda Passport was released in 1993. The first generation of Passport was nearly identical to an Isuzu vehicle known as the Isuzu Rodeo. Honda and Isuzu were working together in the 90s, and decided to trade certain vehicle models that better aligned with each companies market strategy.
Isuzu was interested in focusing on commercial vehicles rather than passenger vehicles, creating a perfect opportunity for Honda to add an SUV to their lineup. The first generation of Passports came with three different trim options, offering either a 2.6L or 3.2L V6 engine and 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmissions. In 1997, they slimmed down to just two different trim options and all Passports were equipped with a 3.2L V6 engine and had 4-speed automatic transmission.
The second generation of Passport began in 1998, and picked up where it left off with just two trim options. The engine and transmissions used to manufacture these Passports were no different from the previous generation. Other than slight appearance modifications, the two generations didnít differ much. The main distinguishing feature between generation one and two was that the second generation was eventually recalled due to rust problems with the suspension.
The Passport was retired after 2002, not to be revived until 2019. A new, third generation of Passports was released in 2019, being much different from the the last one built more than 17 years ago. The new iteration is Hondaís middle option of SUVs, as it is smaller than the Pilot, but larger than the CRV. It is marketed a sportier vehicle that handles great in all conditions, making it a great pick for families that enjoy road trips.
If you own an older Passport, then youíll probably be interested in picking up a Honda Passport repair manual. Many second generation Passports were purchased back by Honda after the recall, but the first generation was well built. You can keep yours in great shape by taking care of simple repairs and maintenance yourself!