Another entry-level Honda bites the dust. Not long after we learned that the base version of the Honda Civic LX had met its maker in both sedan and hatchback body styles, CarsDirect ran a dealer guide for the upcoming model year, revealing that the entry-level Honda Passport EX-L won’t be. more for 2023. Honda’s US configurator confirms it. The four-wheel drive Passport EX-L will be the new gateway, the Passport now an AWD-only proposal. As expected and as shown on the configurator, this raises the price to get to $42,395 after the $1,295 destination surcharge in the off-road-focused two-row crossover. The new base model is $3,300 more than the most recent price we had for the FWD Passport EX-L, and $1,200 more than our most recent price for the AWD EX-L.
Honda introduced the 2019 model year passport with a starting price of $33,085. The top-end Elite debuted with an MSRP of $40,325; that’s up to $47,855 for 2023. Obviously, the model launched as a mid-sizer for adventurers is still making its way, but to be fair, the AWD-only 2022 Ford Edge spans a price range from $39,440 to $47,980. .
Honda has rationalized the lines in this way in recent years. On top of the Civic that omits the LX, the 2023 CR-V also no longer has an LX trim. The Passport did away with its former entry-level Sport trim for 2022. The Ridgeline pickup dropped its only front-wheel drive version for 2021. Honda’s only crossover under $30,000 more is the front-wheel-drive HR-V LX, starting at $24,895. Next comes the front-wheel drive CR-V EX that starts at $32,355.
For now, the cheapest two-row Passport costs $3,020 more than the cheapest three-row Pilot, the bigger brother that keeps its FWD EX-L variant for now. Like-for-like, the Passport EX-L AWD costs $1,020 more than the Pilot EX-L AWD. However, there are big changes en route to the Pilot lineup, the next-gen 2023 Pilot awaits in the wings, its debut imminent and price jumps for sure.