- The 2024 Honda Passport SUV and Ridgeline truck will receive a more robust set of revisions later this year, Honda confirmed in a media briefing.
- An updated TrailSport trim will headline the facelift, offering treatment that will likely include all-terrain tires and steel skid plates, helping the Passport and Ridgeline tackle tougher terrain instead of just pretending.
- It seems equally likely that the revised 3.5-liter V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmission from the new Pilot will also be added.
Pavement-bound SUVs dressed in off-road garb are all the rage these days, with Honda’s previous TrailSport offerings acting as a prime offender. However, the latest 2023 Pilot TrailSport goes beyond the off-road-in-name-only craze, adding more ground clearance, all-terrain tires, skid plates and suspension revisions. For the 2024 model year, both the Passport SUV and the Ridgeline truck will receive a similarly robust set of revisions, Honda confirmed in a media briefing.
Those holding out hope for a hybrid powertrain will be disappointed, however, as Honda has confirmed that neither the Passport nor the Ridgeline will add a gas-electric option for 2024. This confirms our suspicion that both will receive the updated powertrain from the Pilot. The new 3.5-liter V-6 in that car improves the fuel delivery system, interior and packaging, increases horsepower from 280 to 285, and mates with a new 10-speed automatic transmission instead of the old nine-speed. We haven’t had a chance to put the new drivetrain through our usual testing regime yet, but it doesn’t feel noticeably faster from our initial drives.
Off-roading is not a foreign concept to the Ridgeline pickup. In fact, Honda supports a desert-racing Ridgeline pickup dating back to 2015. Adding some off-road chops to the consumer version is a welcome thought, even if the naysayers will complain that most TrailSports never make it past the route will not venture.