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

Introduced in 2018 and facelifted in 2021, the third-generation Honda Passport is starting to show its age. 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 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 could be the seating capacity (5 in the Passport vs. 7/8 in the Pilot). Like the three-row Pilot, the Passport may yet again stick to a conventional gas engine.

V6 gas engine

We expect the 2025 Honda Passport to borrow the Pilot’s 3.5-liter naturally aspirated 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. 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.

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. 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 indigenously developed EV platform will follow in 2025.