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An international passport is what grants you access to go into other countries, right? The Honda Passport, as the name implies, was the motor vehicle model that ushered Honda into the SUV era of the 1990s all over the world. It was the first-ever SUV sold under the 'Honda' brand name but it was just a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo by General Motors. If you can remember, the Isuzu Rodeo was a popular SUV in Nigeria.
Can you see the Rodeo and Passport are twins?
It wasn't difficult for this cloned Isuzu Rodeo; Honda Passport to be a Nigerian's choice of SUV. So today, we are embarking on The Honda Passport price in Nigeria review, and please, expect a surprise towards the end of this article.
The era of body-on-frame vehicle technology, the 1990s, was mostly seen with SUVs, and Isuzu was doing this well with the Rodeo. Immediately Honda started rebadging the Rodeo as the Passport, it appealed to the same set that drove cars like the Rodeo, the Nissan Pathfinder, and the Toyota 4runner. The Honda passport sales were actually better than that of the Isuzu Rode all over the world.
Mostly older men with high social status and who had some use for utility were the buyers. In the early 2000s, a lot of traditional chiefs and kings would use the Honda Passport models as their official cars in Nigeria, and not just because both the build and engine were very reliable. It was also because anybody with an SUV, popularly referred to as 'Jeep,' was a Nigerian big man. The name wasn't the selling point because there were also Honda Passport motorcycles available at the time called the Honda Passport C70. It was all about it being another 'Jeep' for bragging rights and social status boosting.
So, what really is the Honda Passport? Instead of telling you, we will show you! Keep on reading!
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When you see the first generation Honda passport, the first thing that comes to your mind is, 'what a rugged-looking car!' It is a boxy car that has a straight sloping rear design that made it pleasing at the time. There is an extra tire attached to the swinging trunk door to make it look more aggressive. This was a way to save the space spare tires took in cars.
The 1997 Honda Passport looks so rugged
It comes with a 8-inch ground clearance, making it get across any type of road condition very easily. Mud, pits, or potholes, and any other kind of bad roads are the enemies of drivers. And with the Honda Passport, you stand more chance winning these nasty road battles.
This car has so much interior room that comfortably seats 5 adults with plenty of trunk space to carry all the bags in the world at the same time. It is a 1994 SUV, back then, that had an in-car entertainment that was just a cassette player and radio system of a 4-way speaker, a basic form of entertaining automotive technology. Aside from that, the car also has a power window that placed it ahead of other cars in its class at the time.
See how much space is in the Honda Passport
There was no airbag in place in this car for the first year model but nobody saw it as a bad thing. In 1995, the Passport then got front passenger and driver airbags fitted for safety during a collision.
The first generation Passport is available in 3 trims, the DX, LX, and upscale EX. The Honda Passport engine for the DX is a 2.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission while a 3.2-liter engine was standard for the EX trim paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The LX trim had both engines and transmissions as an option to pick from. Then in 1997, the DX trim was scrapped and all Passports had the V6 engine.
From the side, you know it's ready for action
The DX trim is a rear-wheel-drive setup while the EX has four-wheel-drive as standard. The LX trim can be a rear-wheel-drive or a Honda Passport 4WD that can go on every terrain with an auxiliary transmission to control it as well.
The second-generation Passport is just the first generation design but with curves and a friendly appearance on all sides. Gone were the flat, boxy angles, and the tacky plastic body parts in the rear. Every exterior component was redesigned to achieve this less aggressive appearance though it is still based on the Isuzu Rodeo totally. The rebadging continued with the union of Honda and Isuzu.
A white 2001 Honda Passport looking glorious
This came in two trims; the LX and the EX with the major difference being the spare tire carrier which was absent on the EX trim. The EX trim had to look executive, so the spare tire was placed under the trunk cargo area like regular sedans. From 2000, the Passports came in two-tone exterior colors, just for better aesthetics like the Lexus RX 300 was doing at the time.
The interior had more space than the previous generation, both in the cabin (passenger area) and also in the trunk (boot space). The in-car entertainment then featured an optional cd changer.
The upholstery is made from soft cloth material that makes the interior very comfortable for riders.
A very simple interior, remember it is an old car, please
The rear seaters also have more headroom and legroom for better ride comfort.
The engine on this Passport is the same V6 3.2-liter engine with the EX trim having an automatic transmission paired with an auxiliary transmission and a push-button activation 4WD for crazy terrains. There is so much engine refinement on the drive train, making this Passport have a reduced road noise compared to previous generations.
From the rear, it looks very friendly too with the tire carrier
In 2002, the union between Isuzu and Honda ended because Isuzu had a new business plan to focus on just the production of trucks. Fast forward 16 years, something great happened in 2018 to the world of Honda vehicles.
In 2018, Honda felt a need to re-introduce the Passport into its line-up of SUV models just to fill the gap between the CR-V and the Pilot. A two-row SUV completely based on the 2018 Honda Pilot in exterior and interior appearance was the concept. Don't think about it too much, it is just a smaller Honda Pilot built for competition with close rivals in the two-row SUV class.
The new Honda Passport looks so beautiful
Here is the surprise I told you about. It has a new generation Honda appearance with its honeycomb grille and strong LED presence on the headlights. This is just like the Civic and Accord, its sisters. The high ground clearance is very evident from the photos of this car, meaning it tackles off-road pretty well too. It is not just a fine-looking wheeled vehicle, it is a rugged machine for transport.
The new Honda Passport will be perfect for rough Nigerian roads
What features does the Passport pack?
A look at the inside and outside of the latest-gen Honda Passport
The interior has enough room for 5 people and it has an enticing vehicle technology too just like new generation cars from Japan. On the dashboard, Honda installed its latest Display Audio interface with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, a physical volume knob control, Android Auto, and Apple car play integration.
It has an entertaining infotainment system as you can see
The instrument panel is split into three parts, two with regular dials for the tank and the other for the coolant temperature. The middle part is where the speedometer, tachometer, and traction modes are displayed.
The base trim level is the Sport trim, which includes Bluetooth audio streaming, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, keyless access, and ignition, a forward-collision warning system, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
Rearview of the latest-gen Passport
Drivers have access to even more features inside the EX-L trim, which adds power-adjustable front seats, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also a power liftgate, leather upholstery, and a sunroof. The Touring builds upon the EX-L, adding front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, a 115-volt power outlet, integrated navigation, and heated rear seating.
The Honda Passport engine is a 3.5-liter, V6 engine which produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The weird thing about the Passport's drive train is that it is a front-wheel-drive car with no transfer case. Meaning there is no switching to 4WD.
So, how then does this car tackle off-road? well, you would be pleased to know that the Honda Passport new generation is a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 9-speed gearbox. This combination works and does the job of an off-roader even without the transfer case.
This is how rugged this car can be
The 2019 Passport now features Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, which enhances on- and off-road performance and Intelligent Traction Management system with available Sand, Snow and Mud modes to help optimize performance for varying surface conditions just like we have on our Nigerian roads.
Is a car that uses 13.8 liters of fuel per 100km an economic car? Well, this the average consumption of Honda Passports between 1994 and 1998. Between 1999 and 2001, fuel consumption got better and was about 13 liters per 100km.
Folding the seats of the 2019 Passport gives so much space
From 2018 (third generation) after the 16 years break, Honda re-introduced the Passport and it now has 11 liters per 100km fuel consumption even with how beautiful and expensive it looks.
This is a Honda; the parts for the first and second generations were widely available in Nigeria until the car started going extinct around 2009. You would still find parts for this car in Oyingbo area of Lagos, it is popular for Honda spare parts.
Fun fact! maybe not fun but did you know that a lot of second-generation passports were recalled due to corrosion in the suspension system? Honda had to buy back affected Honda Passports used by owners due to this factory error and this was also one of the reasons Honda had to fully develop the Passport on their own.
The new generation Honda Passport shares a platform with the Honda Pilot. Maintenance is easy in Nigeria and parts are also available at various dealerships and local parts distributors.
The Honda Passports for sale in Nigeria from 1994 - 2002 year models can mostly be gotten as locally used because it is a very old car. You would be lucky to find a Tokunbo first or second-generation Honda Passport. Only the 2018 and 2019 year models can be got brand new and here are the price lists below:
|Models by Year||Price|
|Tokunbo 2019 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦19 million - ₦16 million|
|Tokunbo 2018 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦18 million - ₦16 million|
|Tokunbo 2002 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦1 million - ₦1.2 million|
|Tokunbo 2001 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦1 million - ₦1.2 million|
|Tokunbo 1999 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦800,000 - ₦600,000|
|Models by Year||Price|
|Nigerian-used 2002 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦800,000 - ₦1 million|
|Nigerian-used 2001 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦600,000 - ₦800,000|
|Nigerian-used 2000 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦400,000 - ₦1,000,000|
|Nigerian-used 1999 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦400,000 - ₦1,000,000|
|Nigerian-used 1998 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦400,000 - ₦1,000,000|
|Nigerian-used 1997 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦400,000 - ₦700,000|
|Nigerian-used 1994-1996 Honda Passport price in Nigeria||₦400,000 - ₦700,000|
The brand new 2018 and 2019 Honda Passport price in Nigeria ranges from ₦16,000,000 to ₦18,000,000 naira excluding shipping and customs fee into the country.
Should I buy the Honda Passport?
Are the first and second-generation Honda Passport models so old they should never be bought? Well, purpose defeats fashion. The older Honda Passport as you can see is an old car that won't give you any form of entertainment today. It should be bought by Nigerians who just need a rugged car that can go on all kinds of roads and carry a lot of cargo at the same time. It is a farmer's choice kind of car. If you come across this car for sale, buy it with the mindset of having it do rough work for you. I am talking from the Honda Passport user reviews I got from my Instagram follower that uses the 1998 model as a commercial vehicle in Eastern-Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the present generation Honda Passport is one of the perfect cars for Nigerian roads. The way it drives makes it very desirable for an average Nigerian and the great fuel economy is also a plus. Although, I think large-sized families should opt for the 3-row Honda Pilot since they have the same kind of appearance. The 2019 Honda Passport is Honda's best SUV so far, as you would see in the review below :
That will be all on the Honda Passport price in Nigeria review. I hope you appreciate Honda better now that you have seen how much effort they put in making the Passport come back to life after 16 years.
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