#PRODUCTWATCH: 2022 HONDA PASSPORT TOURING: SARATOGA EDITION
So it’s noticably bigger than the CRV, but not quite as sizey as a Pilot. But nonetheless, we loved test driving the 2022 Honda Passport Touring. This stunner of a mid-size SUV oozes style and utility and we will never forget the memories we made in it. And we were ecstatic we got to drive one in Honda‘s signature Sonic Gray Pearl, the most beautiful colour of all-time!
This has been a bit of a rough Summer. Between what’s felt like work, work and more work, we really haven’t had time to de-compress and have a little fun really! Above this, my parents both fell ill with Covid a few weeks back and that was an ordeal being their Caretaker, and still balancing all the things life was throwing my way. I was not going to let that define my Summer ’22. Now that they’re both better, I felt it was time we went on a little adventure to help forget some of the tougher times we went through. The 2022 Honda Passport Touring was totally there for us and we will never forget our time in it.
The 2022 Honda Passport Touring is perfect for trips with your families and friends. Long drives require comfort and that the Passport Touring is. Seating five more than comfortably, it is the product of thoughtfulness and innovation that is geared not only to Driver, but also Passenger. We could store several bags and luggage within its roomy 77.7 cu.ft. Cargo Capacity.
The Passport Touring is powered by a 3.5-litre, 24-valve, Direct Injection, SOHC, i-VTEC® V6 engine, operating at 280 @ 6000 rpm horsepower. As is our worry sometimes with SUVs, Fuel Economy at times is sacrificed for power and convenience, but we were impressed by its 12.5/9.8/11.3 litres/100 km fuel ecnomy. Features like ECON mode, Eco-Assist and Idle Stop also ensure we’re getting the most value for our money. It also runs on Regular fuel.
It’s all about the elevated experience with the Passport Touring. One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature and ambient lighting in its cupholder, footwell and doors are beautiful added touches. And when driving on long road trips, it’s important to have an audio system that matches just how great this SUV is. The Touring edition is a cut above all others with a 550-watt AM/FM Premium audio system with MP3/Windows Media® Audio playback capability and 10 speakers including subwoofer. You know we love our Spotify playlists and SiriusXM and we can’t drive any other way, navigating from a beautiful Display Audio System. Oh, and the rims were gold! GOLD.
In addition to Dual Climate Control for Driver and Front Passenger, second row Passengers also get seat warmers and coolers, plus their own vents, ensuring everyone’s comfortable. Did we mention there’s four USB charging ports here? Plus a Wireless Charging plate driverside? We love that. This, and also tinted windows in the back for privacy, especially when we have our Princess beanie back there. The Driver gets 10-way power adjustment seating including power lumbar support. We couldn’t have been more comfy!
All this means little if the Vehicle isn’t just as obsessed with our well-being as it is making us look good. Among the key safety features to highlight here are: 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System; Brake Assist; Collision Mitigation Braking System; Forward Collision Warning; Lane Departure Warning; Road Departure Mitigation; SmartVent™ side airbags and Side Curtain Airbags. The Passport Touring is unique in that it features Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering which serves to enhance occupant protection in the event of collision.
While we cannot live without things like Walk-Away Door Lock and Proximity Entry, we worry the moment we walk away from our Car sometimes. The Passport Touring protects you with its Immobilizer theft-deterrent system. And we appreciate that when we leave something on the rear seats, it actually tells us! This is so intuitive and if your car manufacturer isn’t doing all this for you, then we suggest looking this way.
Our one and only wish here was that we would’ve hoped the Hatchback Door could have been activated via remote which was a bit cumbersome, but easily forgivable.
And because we’re super-busy, its Maintenance Minders and Tire Pressure Monitoring System ensure we minimize those “blind spots” that are out of site, out of mind sometimes. And speaking of blind spots, Its Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines is a lifesaver especially considering that the Passport Touring a bit wide. This is super-helpful when parking in the City or in underground parking.
All this and Rear-Window Wipers too? The Passport Touring is after our heart and has got it!
In all, we couldn’t have had this Summer adventure complete without the 2022 Honda Passport Touring. The Passport Touring starts at $52,170 CAN. More here.
Just some of the memories we made in the 2022 Honda Passport Touring on our trip to Saratoga Springs, the most charming city in Upstate New York with an old school charm, yet many modern amenities and everything we need! The shopping and dining is outstanding. This City is obsessed with Horse Racing with so much of its economy centered on Saratoga Racetrack which hosts upwards of 100k people in its opening weekend alone. The top Racehorses, Jockeys and Owners all migrate to Saratoga every Summer for the meet and it is literally a dream for any fan. It’s always been a hope to bring my Mom and Dad here at least once in their lifetime and I’m so thrilled they got to witness the magic! Unforgettable memories.
And to cap it all off, we always attend the Queen’s Plate, which is North America’s most historic Horse Race and so wonderful that it takes place right here in Toronto at Woodbine Racetrack!
…and an appearance on America’s Best Racing Live where we talk about the Queen’s Plate and our Saratoga visit.
Somehow we always have time for a star-sighting! So amazing meeting this star of HBO‘s Game of Thrones Prequel, HOUSE OF THE DRAGON.
And quality time with the Princess.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong)