The Honda Ridgeline has been redesigned for 2021 to make it look more like a traditional pickup, but Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu says it remains a unique option in the midsize class.
The midsize 2022 Passport features the upright grille and tall hood of the Ridgeline to further set it apart from the three-row Pilot and better position it as the mild off-road vehicle it is designed to be.
The current Passport more closely resembles the Pilot. (Honda)
It is also the first to debut Honda’s new TrailSport trim level which brings rugged styling including unique bumpers and grille, a wider stance and 18-inch wheels with knobby-looking tires.
Honda plans to offer an even more capable TrailSport in the future and has previewed just how extreme the Passport can be with the Rugged Roads concept equipped with a lift kit, all-terrain tires and all sorts of off-road accessories.
In the meantime, all of the Passports get the new profile, but will carry over their 280 hp V6 powertrain, available all-wheel-drive system and interior layout when they arrive at dealers this winter.