2001 Honda Passport -- Capable, Four-Wheel Drive Leader

12/28/2000 6:13:00 AM

One of the most durable four-wheel drive vehicles on and off the road today, the 2001 Honda Passport adds important equipment and safety features. New for 2001 is a "LATCH" (Lower Anchor and Tethers for CHildren) system and an eight speaker stereo system for all models.

Powered by a 3.2-liter, 24-valve, DOHC aluminum-alloy V-6 engine, the Passport delivers 205-horsepower at 5400 rpm and 214 lb.-ft. of torque at 3000 rpm to accelerate quickly and help tackle uphill grades. City/Highway EPA fuel economy for the 2WD is 17/20 for the manual transmission model and 17/21 for the automatic transmission models. 4WD model EPA fuel economy is 17/20 for the manual transmission model and 16/20 for the 4WD models equipped with an automatic transmission.

Two 4WD speeds are available for the Passport: 4H (High) for driving on wet, sandy or snow-covered roads; and 4L (Low) for climbing or descending steep hills or for hard pulling in sand, mud or deep snow. In addition, a limited-slip differential and shift on the fly is standard on all 4WD models. Radiator and fuel tank skid plates are standard on all Passport models and a transfer case skid plate is equipped on 4WD models.

For optimal control and sedan-like response, Passport features variable power-assist rack-and-pinion steering. Double wishbone front suspension along with front and rear stabilizer bars provide exceptional stability both on and off-road.

Variable power-assist rack-and-pinion steering gives the driver optimum control and delivers sedan-like response. Passport's reinforced chassis and double wishbone front suspension combined with front and rear stabilizer bars provide excellent stability and handling for on and off-road driving.

Driver and passenger comfort and convenience were top-of-mind in the Passport's interior design. All models include power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, cruise control, UV treated glass for front doors and rear hatch, fade-out map lights, body-colored bumpers, roof rack, cargo area net and cover, tinted glass, adjustable steering column and an audio system with eight speakers.

The Passport features reinforced body-on-frame construction, triple-sealed doors with integrated steel beams that resist intrusion during side impacts, front and rear crush zones that dissipate crash energy away from the passenger area and impact-absorbing rear bumpers.

The successful EX Luxury Package continues and features an exclusive, custom lower two-tone paint treatment with color-matched body side molding and fender flares. Completing this upscale package is a supple, leather-trimmed interior and a standard in-dash 6-CD changer. Available in both 2WD and 4WD versions, the Passport is offered in three trim levels including LX, EX and the upscale EX-L (luxury package) model and is manufactured at the SIA Factory in Lafayette, Indiana.