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Honda Is Resurrecting the Passport

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Honda Is Resurrecting the Passport

Well, the rumors appear to be true, if you believe a new report from Automotive News, which usually gets things right. Honda is bringing the Passport back, because SUVs rule the market right now. I’m laughing, but this will probably turn out to be a good move for Honda.

Don’t expect a Passport like the old one. This will still be a two-row model, sitting in size between the CR-V and Pilot. That makes it a direct competitor to the Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, and Toyota Venza.

The first reveal won’t be public, but instead is slated for a Honda dealer meeting in November of this year. Apparently, the SUV will then make a public appearance after that, maybe at the Los Angeles Auto Show? We’ll see.

As a history lesson, the original Honda Passport wasn’t a Honda at all. It was a badge-engineered Isuzu Rodeo, which was a body-on-frame vehicle. The Passport enjoyed a healthy run from 1994 to 2002.

This new iteration will be a unibody crossover, which is all the rage these days. I would be excited about a body-on-frame SUV, but Honda doesn’t know how to make those. With the Passport, Honda will have four crossovers on the market, because people don’t want no stinking sedans or coupes these days.

Next, GM will resurrect the Aztek as a Chevy. The limited Heisenberg edition will come with a yellow hazmat suit.

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Steven has been writing about cars and other transportation issues worldwide for over ten years. His love for cars started long before he can remember, with Corvettes and 911s being his first car-crushes. Since then, he has owned many types of vehicles and has come to appreciate a wide variety of models, the diverse car culture groups, and the automotive industry in general.

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