L.A. Auto Show: Honda Passport returns for 2019

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We will see how things turn out as Honda is said to be launching a range of accessories for the 2019 Honda Passport vehicle. It is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional torque vectoring all-wheel drive system.

If it looks a little familiar, you don't need to get your eyes checked.

The Passport comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of active safety systems that includes automatic emergency brakes, self-steering lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Maximum cargo volume measures 77.9 cu. -ft., and you can fold the rear seats down from the cargo area. Upgrade to EX-L trim and the Passport comes with an infotainment system that has an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Lower trims get a 215-watt audio system with a 5.0-inch display.

Available premium features include wireless phone charging, embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi, premium audio, and HondaLink cloud-based services, including remote unlocking, concierge services and stolen vehicle tracking. To that end, compared to the Pilot on which it is based, Honda improves the Passport's ground clearance by half an inch for front-drive versions (to 7.8 inches), and by 1.1 inches for AWD versions (to 8.4 inches). A multi-angle reversing camera is also included on every Passport.

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Set to go on sale early next year, the 2019 Passport is larger and more rugged than the CR-V but sportier and more compact than the Pilot. From a marketing perspective, at least, this five-passenger SUV is bucking the trend towards soft-roaders that are utility vehicles in name only.

Four-wheel drive models can also switch between multiple driving modes for different weather and terrain, including snow, mud and sand, while front-wheel-drive models have a dedicated snowy conditions mode.

A host of driver and safety systems have made into the auto, as part of the Honda Sensing suite, including Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The 2019 Honda Passport unveiled Tuesday in Los Angeles shares only its outdoorsy attitude with the last Honda to bare the Passport nameplate.

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