2002 Honda Passport Delivers Performance, Rugged Styling And Go-Just-About-Anywhere Capability
9/6/2001 6:01:22 PM
Powered by a 3.2-liter, 24-valve, DOHC aluminum-alloy V-6 engine, the Passport delivers 205-horsepower at 5400 rpm and 214 lb.-ft. of torque at 3000 rpm to accelerate quickly and help tackle uphill grades. City/Highway EPA fuel economy for the 2WD is 17/20 for the manual transmission model and 17/21 for the automatic transmission models. 4WD model EPA fuel economy is 17/20 for the manual transmission model and 16/20 for the 4WD models equipped with an automatic transmission.
Two 4WD speeds are available for the Passport: 4H (High) for driving on wet, sandy or snow-covered roads; and 4L (Low) for climbing or descending steep hills or for hard pulling in sand, mud or deep snow. In addition, a limited-slip differential and shift on the fly is standard on all 4WD models. Radiator and fuel tank skid plates are standard on all Passport models and a transfer case skid plate is equipped on 4WD models.
For optimal control and sedan-like response, Passport features variable power-assist rack-and-pinion steering. Passport's reinforced chassis and double wishbone front suspension combined with front and rear stabilizer bars provide excellent stability and handling for on and off-road driving.
Driver and passenger comfort and convenience were top-of-mind in the Passport's interior design. All models include power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, cruise control, UV treated glass for front doors and rear hatch, fade-out map lights, body-colored bumpers, roof rack, cargo area net and cover, tinted glass, adjustable steering column and an audio system with eight speakers.
The Passport is constructed using a body-on-frame method common on trucks and SUVs. Triple-sealed doors with integrated steel beams that resist intrusion during side impacts, front and rear crush zones that dissipate crash energy away from the passenger area and impact-absorbing rear bumpers enhance the contemporary, commanding presence.
The successful EX Luxury Package features an exclusive, custom lower two-tone paint treatment with color-matched body side molding and fender flares. Completing this upscale package is a supple, leather-trimmed interior and a standard in-dash 6-CD changer. Available in both 2WD and 4WD versions, the Passport is offered in three trim levels including LX, EX and the upscale EX-L (luxury package) model, and is manufactured at the SIA Factory in Lafayette, Indiana.