Honda Passport alternatives
Latest model: Honda Passport 2000
The Honda Passport was a mid-size SUV manufactured by Isuzu, launched in 1993, as Honda's first entry in the truck sphere for the US, and only sold in the US. Built and developed solely by Isuzu, who sold it as the Rodeo, it was seen as a "quick fix" entry into the growing SUV sphere in the US. It was essentially a SUV wagon version of the Isuzu pickup truck, alike to the Jeep Cherokee and Mitsubishi Montero Sport. It was nicely appointed, but reviews named the layout a bit behind the times as crossover and more refined trucks such as the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee which were not directly based on pickup truck platforms evolved.
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The Honda Passport was part of a growing partnership between Isuzu and Honda in the 1990s, in which Isuzu supplied Honda with Suvs (additionally to producing Honda Passports, Isuzu also offered Honda with Trooper Suvs to be sold as the Acura SLX) and Honda supplied Isuzu with vehicles - 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 rivals such as the truck-based Nissan Pathfinder. However Honda dealers today exclude the Honda Passport (and hybrid Insight) from guaranteed trade-in value promotions, implying that the resale value is weaker than most other Hondas as many consumers recognize that it is a rebadged Isuzu.
The Honda version was discontinued after 2002, making way for the mid-size Pilot and the compact Element crossover Suvs. This loss of sphere would factor into Isuzu discontinuing not only the Rodeo, but also the Axiom and sales of all Isuzu-designed passenger cars in the US.