Here's why the Honda Passport is a not-so-rugged SUV
It looks tough, but that's right about where the ruggedness ends.
I recently reviewed a 2021 Honda Passport Elite, a smaller version of the popular Honda Pilot. One of the key selling points for the Passport is its ruggedness. So when I went to review it, I set out to see just how much Honda was going to stick to that rugged theme.
There is a drive mode selector in the Passport which features a mode, sand, and snow mode. However, your stock road-going tires make those drive modes ineffective. The interior has a handful of features, like heated and cooled seats and a built-in calculator. The 3.5L V6 pushes out a healthy 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, which gets the job done well.
It's certainly fairer to judge this SUV as a regular family-hauler, or at best an adventure vehicle, but certainly not an offroad-capable SUV. if you're looking for rugged looks and regular capability, this is certainly the way to go. But let's put it this way, I wouldn't take this anywhere beyond a dirt trail. For a full in-depth review of the Honda Passport, check out the video below!