Sunday, November 18, 2018

Honda Passport Due at LA Auto Show

If the Honda Passport name rings a bell, you’re not imagining things. The very first Honda SUV wore that badge from 1993 until it was discontinued in 2002. Now it’s returning to Los Angeles — twice, in fact — first to the 2018 LA Auto Show, and then to Keyes Honda as a 2019 Honda model.

With three SUVs already on offer, where does the Honda Passport fit in? It’s reported to be bigger than both the Honda HR-V and Honda CR-V, but slightly smaller than the Honda Pilot. It will offer seating for five, and there are hints that this new crossover will be targeted more at an adventuresome driver; the initial announcement touts it as an “off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road, all-weather adventure capability.”

It’s too early to say what the specifications will be. Its features, from the powertrain to the trim levels and available technology, won’t be revealed until November 27. Given the tight timeframe between the auto show and the first models arriving at Honda dealerships, we’re betting on a production model and not a concept car. Of course, we’ll have more information on this and any other new developments for the Honda brand in early December after the dust settles.

It’s about to get a bit more crowded here at Keyes Honda. That’s not a bad thing. This is our third all-new model in two years’ time, joining the Honda Clarity and Honda Insight, and giving Los Angeles drivers more choices than ever if they want to get behind the wheel of a Honda SUV or car. We think that’s a good thing.

For more information, give us a call or feel free to just drop by our Honda showroom at 5355 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA.

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