2024 Honda Passport, Ridgeline Trailsport Get Real About Off-Roading

2024 Honda Passport, Ridgeline Trailsport Get Real About Off-Roading

The 2024 Honda Passport SUV and Ridgeline truck are scheduled to receive a more rugged set of revisions later this year, Honda confirmed in a media briefing. An updated TrailSport trim will headline the facelift, offering a treatment that will likely include all-terrain tires and steel skid plates, helping the Passport and Ridgeline tackle tougher terrain instead of just pretending to.It seems equally likely that the overhauled 3.5-liter V-6, and 10-speed automatic transmission from the new Pilot will be added as well.

Pavement-bound SUVs dressed in off-road garb are all the rage these days, with Honda’s previous TrailSport offerings acting as a prime perpetrator. The newest 2023 Pilot TrailSport, though, transcends the off-road-in-name-only fad, and adds more ground clearance, all-terrain tires, skid plates, and suspension revisions. For the 2024 model year, both the Passport SUV and the Ridgeline truck are scheduled to receive a similarly rugged set of revisions, Honda confirmed in a media briefing.

However, those holding out hope for a hybrid powertrain will be disappointed, as Honda confirmed that neither the Passport nor the Ridgeline will add a gas-electric option for 2024. This solidifies our suspicion that both will receive the updated powertrain from the Pilot. The new 3.5-liter V-6 in that car improves the fuel-delivery system, internals and packaging, ups the horsepower from 280 to 285, and pairs with a new 10-speed automatic transmission instead of the old nine-speed. We haven’t had the chance to put the new powertrain through our usual testing regimen yet, but it doesn’t feel discernibly quicker from our initial drives.

Michael Simari|Car and Driver

Off-roading is not a foreign concept for the Ridgeline pickup. In fact, Honda has been supporting a desert-racing Ridgeline pickup dating back to 2015. Adding some off-roading chops to the consumer version is a welcome thought, even if the naysayers will complain that most TrailSports will never venture beyond the trailhead.

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