Honda likes to keep trims and versions of a given product to a minimum. The new 2019 Honda Passport is no different however they’re not all value-packed.
In perhaps the most obvious automotive move of 2019, the Honda Passport’s arrival will please SUV-crazed families with its capabilities, roominess and Honda-like driving experience. We’re convinced it will be quite popular.
The birth of the 2019 Honda Passport has struck fear in the hearts of the established 2-row 5-seater midsize SUV segment as it has hoisted itself as our top pick among all the others. Although there are only three trims to select from, not all are “worth it”. Here’s how we’d order our Passport.
This part’s kind of easy… All 2019 Honda Passports are equipped with the 280-horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6, a 9-speed automatic transmission and Honda’s torque-vectoring i-VTM4 all-wheel drive system.
The Passport will tow 1,588 kg (3,500 lbs) out of the box or up to 2,268 kg (5,000 lbs) when properly equipped. It also offers 205mm or 8 inches of ground clearance.
The base 2019 Honda Passport Sport retails for $41,990. It includes just about everything anyone truly needs in a family vehicle, namely Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi tethering, a pair of USB connectors, nice audio system, heated steering wheel and more trunk and storage space than could ever fully filled.
There are but two items that are included with the $45,590 EX-L that we’d like added to the Sport and they are the power tailgate and two extra USB ports. While there are many other extra features on the EX-L, we could not bring ourselves to spend the $3,600 to call one our own.
At the other end, we find the Touring which, at $48,990, is a better bargain by comparison but again, unless wireless charging, cooled seats, integrated navigation, and rain-sensing wipers are a must, the Sport remains the smart choice.
This is the painful part. Honda’s exterior colour strategy is very disappointing. If you do opt for the Sport, you will be able to select from, sit down, white, black or grey. Blue becomes available with the EX-L and red, with the Touring. We’d get white and not like the fact that Honda wants an extra $300 for it.
Lease or Finance?
With the Protection Package Advance (carpets) and the 5,000lb Towing Package, the final retail price of our white 2019 Honda Passport Sport would be of $47,396 before taxes.
At the time of writing this piece, it is clear that Honda’s nowhere near being in a rush to hand out deals to potential customers.
A 48-month lease with a 20,000km annual limit will set you back $782/month. The upside is that Honda has set the residual value at $20,995 which would have kept the payments reasonable. They’ve offset that with a 4.99% interest rate which, all told, represents a whopping $7,717 in borrowing costs alone!
To finance the Passport seems like the better plan. The rate for 60 months is set at 4.49% which works out to pennies shy of an even $1,000 even per month. The lower rates brings the borrowing costs down to $6,342 despite the extra 12-month period. With a strong projected resale value even after five or even seven years, total ownership costs should be lower than a lease.
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