2023 Honda Passport Redesign Rumors: Changes, Hybrid, Spy Photos

According to multiple sources, the 2023 Honda Passport redesign is going to update the look of the mid-size SUV. No surprises at all, since the vehicle was pretty much the same as the Pilot, just a bit smaller. The refresh will make it a lot different. At least we hope so, since the company also plans to revisit its larger and more popular sibling.

The new Passport is going to keep a 3.5-liter V6 engine. But, there are several other options that could make driving the SUV more impressive. For example, a turbo-four engine could do the job, since Passport is significantly lighter than the Pilot. But, rumors about the 2023 Honda Passport Hybrid are louder. There is something that makes people think more about this version – spy photos of the Pilot.

The 2023 Passport is not going to be the only model the Japanese company is going to update. Prototypes of the two most popular vehicles in those segments have already been spotted. Both Honda Pilot and CR-V are coming with a new look. Before that happens, we’ll see an all-new Acura MDX luxury SUV. One of the models debuting for the next-gen vehicle is the Type S. The Type R might expand the lineup since it is available only for the Civic hatchback.

2023 Honda Passport Spy Photos

2023 Honda Passport Redesign and Spy Photos

We can base our expectations about the 2023 Honda Passport by looking at its closest sibling. The SUV is taking advantage of CR-V and Pilot. Those are also its downsides. For example, Passport is smaller, more agile, fuel-friendlier, and cheaper than Pilot. But, it comes with less space and only two rows of seats. On the other hand, there is more room than in the CR-V, but the fuel consumption is higher, and the mid-size SUVs cost more.

After the redesign, the major stumbling block will be removed. The current vehicle is pretty much the same as the Pilot. There are smaller differences only true fans can spot. Plus, the price is similar as well. The refresh will make the 2023 Passport more attractive and recognizable. Honda is going to use a similar design language, but it should be easier to spot differences between its two SUVs.

Spy photos are there to show us the first models. Compared to the upcoming Pilot, the Passport should be smaller. However, it is already spacey and there is also room for cargo thanks to a two-row layout.

2023 Honda Passport release date

2023 Honda Passport Hybrid Joins the Lineup

For now, only a 3.5-liter V6 engine is certain for the 2023 Honda Passport. We already got used to its max outputs – 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Sometimes, two-row SUVs are using lighter configurations. But, Honda is not giving up. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. After the redesign, the SUV should be lighter, improving the gas mileage. Currently, the Passport returns 22 mpg combined. Optionally, buyers can purchase all-wheel drive.

One thing is sure – the new 2023 Passport needs a reinforcement under the bonnet. An option is to bring a turbo-four with similar outputs. More likely, engineers will go after a hybrid system that can improve gas mileage. Honda is already delivering one of the most trusted hybrid configurations in their Accord sedan. But, the mid-size SUV is going to need more power to meet the demands of its buyers. Recently, the Japanese company upgraded the CR-V and made it one of the most efficient compact crossover in the market.

More Features, New Interior Layout

The interior of the 2023 Honda Passport will also be under reconstruction. The SUV remains a two-row model, and if you need more seating spots, you will have to order the Pilot. The second generation of the vehicle (after the comeback) will present fresh looks, inside and out. Spy photos are not showing the interior, but be sure that the dashboard and seating layouts will be new. A larger infotainment screen is certain. Honda wants to keep pace with the competition, and this is one of the key moments. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are already there. Navigation and wireless charger are reserved for upper trim levels. The 2023 Passport Elite is the most luxurious package in the lineup. The company will also offer well-known trims: Touring, EX-L and Sport. Type R is not so likely an option for this vehicle.

2023 Honda Passport Hybrid

Release Date and Price

Since test mules are already on the streets, we believe the 2023 Honda Passport redesign is in the final stages of development. Nevertheless, the company is not confirming rumors yet, buying some extra time for final touches. The first appearance of the new Passport is expected next year. But, experts are sure that Pilot is coming first. The price is staying put. Honda surprised everyone when the first edition of the Passport was more expensive than the Pilot. Yes, it had more equipment, but it still lacked one row of seats. The base MSRP should be around $33,000. Prices for the rest of the lineup are going to depend on the equipment.

Spy photos credits and more info at Autoblog

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