So far we have found the Passport to be a worthy addition to the Roadshow fleet.
We’ve had our long 2019 Honda Passport for many months currently and have place heaps and plenty of miles on this midsize crossover. whether or not schlepping gear to our twice-weekly video shoots, moving people into new residences or simply weekend cruising, the San Francisco-based Roadshow team has big to like the reliable Honda we’ve nicknamed Swamp issue, due to its “Black Forest pearl” paint job (which appearance excellent).
So far we’ve driven three,000 miles with a median ascertained fuel economy of twenty-one.8 miles per gallon. only for comparison, the 2019 Passport is EPA-estimated to attain nineteen mpg within the town, twenty-four mpg road and twenty-one mpg combined.
Being based mostly in a city means that sitting in traffic loads of the time. Our Passport comes normal with Honda Sensing, the automaker’s suite of safety systems that has adaptive controller, lane-keeping assist and blind-spot observation. That last one has been useful to keep an eye fixed on lane-splitting motorcycles, however, the adaptive controller does not work below twenty mph thus it’s powerful to use in stop-and-go traffic. Further, the lane-keeping assist does not keep you within the center of the lane, however simply ping-pongs down the road. Granted, you ought to ne’er take your hands off the wheel and let the automobile steer itself, however, different makers do lane-keeping higher, exploitation lane-centering school that feels a lot of natural.
However, what has created the city team happy is all the charging choices. The Passport has 2 12-volt shops, 5 USB ports, a wireless charging pad, and a 115-volt AC outlet. Even with four individuals on a video shoot, we can all charge our devices with space left over to urge some juice into the GoPro cameras.
I have notably enjoyed the Wi-Fi hotspot, as I completely should check Instagram each quarter-hour or my life is on the face of it over. Even once we are motion-picture photography within the middle of obscurity and my phone does not have a symptom, the larger antenna within the Passport typically plucks a symptom out of the air to feed my nasty addiction.
Lots of house
Our last production vehicle was a Mercedes-Benz Metris van, thus we’ve so lost loads of shipment house by switch to the Passport. However, behind the front seats is seventy seven.5 cuboid feet of house, which is lots of space for all our gear. Heck, one amongst the USA even stirred most of a flat in one trip. we tend to all dig the underfloor storage for small things that we do not wish to lose and also the center console is downright cavernous, with enough space for my bag and many cans of Diet Dr. Pepper to urge ME through a shoot.
Passengers have lots of space yet, with forty inches of headroom and legroom. The seats are adjustable enough to accommodate the total team, from our 6-foot, 7-inch senior producer brandy Ganley, to me, at a lot of affordable 5-foot, 9-inch height. However, I’d wish to grab a lot of petite people from the workplace for a full adjustability check.
If there is one little bit of frustration, it’s regarding the rear hatch. First off, it does not open wide and our tall producer is consistently ducking and striking his head. Granted, he is 99th-percentile tall, however, anyone over vi feet may need a tangle. Second, once the hatch is unsecured with the fob, the rear doors stay fastened. it is easy to forget a second click is required and with multiple individuals needing access to the automobile, it may be annoying to yell out, “Hey, Evan! Unlock the car!” once the hatch is wide open.
More to return
In a few weeks, I will take the Passport on a road trip to Colorado, stopping in Moab, Utah, on the way, wherever I ought to be able to get the crossover on the dirt a small amount to check the all-wheel-drive and piece of land management systems. With any luck, I will get an honest violent storm, too.