2025 Honda Passport to be a full redesign, but Hybrid not expected

Update (March 9, 2024): All parts of the story revised to reflect the newest information.

Introduced in 2018 and refreshed in 2021, the third-generation Honda Passport is starting to show its age, with sales sliding 32 percent YoY in 2024. Reports say that it’ll be replaced by the fourth-generation Honda Passport, which will arrive at dealers as a MY2025 vehicle next year, with Edmunds reporting that this news is now confirmed.

While that’s great news for families in North America who are looking to upgrade in the short-term to a large crossover, the 2025 Honda Passport might be another disappointment for customers hoping to buy a hybrid Honda SUV larger than the CR-V Hybrid.

Related to the new Pilot

Spy images and media reports indicate that, as expected, the 2025 Honda Passport will be closely related to the latest Honda Pilot. The big difference between the mid-size SUVs would be the seating capacity (5 in the Passport vs. 7/8 in the Pilot). The dashboard layout appears similar to the Pilot, featuring a dash-mounted touchscreen panel, followed by the same type of squared AC vents and HVAC control panel below.

We expect the 2025 Passport to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Qi wireless phone charger, at least four USB-C charging ports and a sliding panoramic sunroof. All 2025 Passport variants should come equipped with the Honda Sensing safety and driver assistance technologies, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

V6 gas engine

We expect the 2025 Honda Passport to borrow the Pilot’s 3.5-liter naturally aspirated DOHC V6, which produces 285 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. That’d be an improvement of 5 hp over the current model’s 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine, which is a VTEC unit. Another upgrade in the redesigned two-row mid-size SUV is expected to be a 10-speed automatic transmission, which should be more responsive and smoother than the current 9-speed unit.

Updated features

New features like a 10.2-inch fully digital instrument cluster, 4-inch color head-up display, 12-speaker Bose sound system, and a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto should make the 2025 Honda Passport more appealing to tech-savvy customers.

Expanded cabin storage, more upscale and durable materials, and reduced NVH levels are also among the improvements we expect in the 2025 Honda Passport. The Trailsport and Black Edition variants should continue in the next-gen model.

Electrification in the future

Honda has set a goal of converting all its U.S. auto sales to electrified vehicles by 2040. We expect it to release an electrified Passport later this decade. For the moment, it plans to launch the Prologue electric SUV in the Spring, an all-new Civic Hybrid in the Summer, and the CR-V Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCEV) later this year. A mid-to-large EV based on an in-house EV platform will follow in 2025.