Interesting that they traded Pilot for Passport sales but didn't pull in more total midsize SUV sales yet.
I just hope the reliability ends up acceptable with less vehicles sharing components over time. Toyota sells more than 240,000 Highlanders in the US market per year and has had the same engine, body and interior for six years, which boggles the mind. The engineering and supply chain support they have for that one vehicle would be like all of Honda twice over.
Honda reliability and finish has struggled lately compared to the glory days. While I like the vehicle enough and see signs of Honda improving, there are also plenty of signs of how they continue to opt for cheap assembly options and fit and finish issues abound. I'll take that any day over more serious issues like engine and transmission issues that Hyundai / Kia were having, but its funny no one maker gets it all right. They all focus hard on one area. Hyundai / Kia amazingly thought out and finished with a decent ride, but major drivetrain issues at least as late as 2018. Toyota, most reliable on planet and quietest interiors of non premium cars, but also the most out of date, boring, uncomfortable cars. Honda/Acura is somewhere between with improved interiors, very responsive driving feel, and decent but not amazing reliability for models sold in the last ten years. Subaru are decent and balanced all around but limited engine options, some reliability concerns on some models and annoying owner culture. American brands? Pfffttt still a joke for reliability except for the big models like F150, Silverado, etc. and fit and finish issues on many but usually coolest looks and features. If Jeep wasn't Chrysler and was actually reliable they would dominate the market. Won't even get into premium brands.
If Honda were to spend just a tad more to further refine reliability and upscale their cabins, I could see their sales really start to shoot up fast and dismiss brands like Kia/Hyundai/Subaru from the SUV market. Not sure I see Honda being that aggressive though. They think too much like Toyota without as legendary of reliability in recent years.