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Honda Passport
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2000-2002 Honda Passport
Manufacturer Isuzu Motors
Parent company Honda
Production 1994–2002
Assembly Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Successor Honda Pilot
Class Compact SUV
Body style(s) 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
First generation
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Production 1993–1997
Chassis C_58E C_58V C_58W
Engine(s) 2.6L 120 hp (89 kW) I4
3.2L 175 hp (130 kW) V6
Wheelbase 108.5 in (2756 mm)
Length 176.5 in (4483 mm)
Width 66.5 in (1689 mm)
68.5 in (1740 mm) (EX)
Height 65.5 in (1664 mm)
66.3 in (1684 mm) (EX)
Fuel capacity 21.9 US gallons (82.9 L/18.2 imp gal)
Related Isuzu Rodeo
Second generation
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Production 1998–2002
Chassis _M58W CK58W
Engine(s) 3.2L 205 hp (153 kW) V6
Wheelbase 106.4 in (2703 mm)
Length 178.2 in (2000-02)
177.4 in (4506 mm) (1998-99)
184.1 in (4676 mm) (1998-99 EX)
184.2 in (4679 mm) (2000-02 EX)
Width 70.4 in (1788 mm)
71.1 in (1806 mm) (2000-02 EX)
Height 68.5 in (1740 mm) (1998-99 LX)
68.8 in (1748 mm) (2000-02)
Fuel capacity 21.1 US gallons (79.9 L/17.6 imp gal)
Related Isuzu Rodeo
Isuzu Axiom

The Honda Passport was a compact SUV produced by Isuzu, released in 1994, as Honda's first entry in the truck market for the United States. Built and designed solely by Isuzu, who sold it as the Rodeo, it was seen as a "quick fix" entry into the growing SUV market in the United States. It was essentially an SUV wagon version of the Isuzu pickup truck, similar to the Jeep Cherokee and Mitsubishi Montero Sport. It was nicely appointed, but reviews called the design a bit behind the times, as crossover and more refined trucks had evolved (such as the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee, which were not directly based on pickup truck platforms).

The Passport was part of a growing partnership between Isuzu and Honda in the 1990s, in which Isuzu supplied Honda with SUVs (in addition to producing Passports, Isuzu also provided Honda with Trooper SUVs to be sold as the Acura SLX) and Honda supplied Isuzu with cars - in particular the Isuzu Gemini (Honda Civic; Japan-market only) and Isuzu Oasis (Honda Odyssey). It sold quite well in the regions of the US such as the Pacific Northwest against competitors such as the truck-based Nissan Pathfinder.

For the second generation (1998–2002) two trim levels were produced [LX] and upscale [EX], "EX" had the spare tire below the cargo area, and "LX" mounted in a swing carrier at rear. Minor changes for 2000 model included 2-tone exterior colors, and 16" wheels optional for "LX".

The Honda version was discontinued after 2002, replaced by Honda Pilot. The Pilot also replaced the Isuzu Rodeo as part of Isuzu's withdrawal from Canada at the time. This loss of market would factor into Isuzu discontinuing not only the Rodeo, but also the Axiom and sales of all Isuzu-designed passenger vehicles in the US.

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