The Honda Passport was a compact SUV produced by Isuzu, released in 1994, as Honda's first entry in the truck market for the United States. Built and designed solely by Isuzu, who sold it as the Rodeo, it was seen as a "quick fix" entry into the growing SUV market in the United States. It was essentially an SUV wagon version of the Isuzu pickup truck, similar to the Jeep Cherokee and Mitsubishi Montero Sport. It was nicely appointed, but reviews called the design a bit behind the times, as crossover and more refined trucks had evolved (such as the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee, which were not directly based on pickup truck platforms).
|Assembly||Lafayette, Indiana, USA|
|Body style(s)||4-door wagon|
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Engine(s)||2.6L Template:Convert/hp I4|
3.2L Template:Convert/hp V6
|Wheelbase||108.5 in (2756 mm)|
|Length||176.5 in (4483 mm)|
|Width||66.5 in (1689 mm) |
68.5 in (1740 mm) (EX)
|Height||65.5 in (1664 mm) |
66.3 in (1684 mm) (EX)
|Engine(s)||3.2L Template:Convert/hp V6|
|Wheelbase||106.4 in (2703 mm)|
|Length||178.2 in (2000-02)|
177.4 in (4506 mm) (1998-99)
184.1 in (4676 mm) (1998-99 EX)
184.2 in (4679 mm) (2000-02 EX)
|Width||70.4 in (1788 mm) |
71.1 in (1806 mm) (2000-02 EX)
|Height||68.5 in (1740 mm) (1998-99 LX)|
68.8 in (1748 mm) (2000-02)
The Passport was part of a growing partnership between Isuzu and Honda in the 1990s, in which Isuzu supplied Honda with SUVs (in addition to producing Passports, Isuzu also provided Honda with Trooper SUVs to be sold as the Acura SLX) and Honda supplied Isuzu with cars - in particular the Isuzu Gemini (Honda Civic; Japan-market only) and Isuzu Oasis (Honda Odyssey). It sold quite well in the regions of the US such as the Pacific Northwest against competitors such as the truck-based Nissan Pathfinder. However Honda dealers today exclude the Passport from guaranteed trade-in value promotions, implying that the resale value is weaker than most other Hondas as many buyers recognize that it is a rebadged Isuzu.
The Honda version was discontinued after 2002, replaced by the Accord-based Pilot. The Pilot also replaced the Isuzu Rodeo as part of Isuzu's withdrawal from Canada at the time. This loss of market would factor into Isuzu discontinuing not only the Rodeo, but also the Axiom and sales of all Isuzu-designed passenger vehicles in the US.