Honda is climbing aboard the off-road truck train with a new rugged-look trim line of its own. It’s called TrailSport, and it will debut on the refreshed for 2022 Honda Passport with more aggressive styling but little else other than interior and exterior trim changes.
All Passport models will get a taller, wider grille, similar to the new nose worn by the 2022 Honda Ridgeline. It gets a new hood and front fenders as well, with new side vents. At the back are larger bumper cut-outs for the twin exhaust pipes. The cabin has also been updated for the new year. Honda calls it “sportier” and “adventurous,” but did not show photos of the changes.
As far as mechanical changes, the TrailSport sees special 18-inch wheels as well as offering 60-series tires. That’s the same 245/60 R18 size offered on Sport trim, and Honda didn’t mention an upgrade to a more all-terrain rubber choice. Key off-road measures are also unchanged, with ground clearance as well as approach and departure angles identical to the other Passport grades.
TrailSport will get a special cabin treatment with orange contrast stitching on the wheel, door panels, and seats. The seats also see TrailSport logo embroidery on the headrests. At night, amber lighting glows in the footwells, door pockets, and cupholders and is unique to the TrailSport line. A heated wiper parking area is also included.
Like the rest of the Passport lineup, all-wheel drive is standard. There is a nine-speed automatic and Honda’s 3.5-litre V6 making 280 hp. The system is able to send up to 70 percent of power to the rear wheels, then can divert all of that power to either rear wheel. All 2022 Passport models come with Honda Sensing driver assistance. An upgrade for this year adds a Rear Seat Reminder notification to check for rear-seat passengers and a belt minder for those seats on the dash.
If you were expecting more from Honda with the TrailSport, the automaker says that it will add more capability to TrailSport models down the road. If you want something that stands out a bit more from the regular model, a Honda Performance Development model adds its own grille, black fender flares, graphics, and more aggressive wheels.
Honda did not announce when the 2022 Passport or Passport TrailSport would hit dealers, we expect pricing to come later as well.