In order to enter the fast-growing sport utility vehicle market of the 1990s, Honda installed the Passport into their brand line-up for 1994. Essentially a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo, the Honda Passport was presented almost three years before the CR-V was sold in the United States.
Offered with two-wheel drive as well as a four-wheel drive models, the 1998 Honda Passport entered into a second-generation revision. Based on a smaller wheelbase than the 1997 counterpart, the 1998 Passport featured a longer overall length. Power for the 1998 Honda Passport was derived from a 3.2-liter V-6 producing 205 horsepower.
A five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission could accompany the six-cylinder powerplant. When equipped with two-wheel drive and a manual transmission, the 1998 Passport could achieve an average fuel economy 19 miles per gallon. Standard equipped with air conditioning, cruise control, heated mirrors and anti-lock braking system, the five-passenger Honda Passport was offered as an LX and EX trim vehicle.
On the EX model, keyless entry, 16-inch aluminum wheels and power mirrors were added equipment. An easy way to visually recognize the trim levels of the Honda Passport after 1998 is by the spare tire location. The Passport LX trim placed the tire at the rear while the EX model concealed it under the rear cargo floor. Hondas partnership with Isuzu in United States ceased with the discontinuation of the Passport sport utility vehicle in 2002. For 2003, the mid-size crossover Honda Pilot directly replaced the Passport.