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I need some pushing to get over the top in a purchase of a new Passport. I think I want/need one.

I am currently driving a 2000 Lexus LX470 (160k miles), which I purchased new and am having a hard time letting it go. It has been a great vehicle and has served me well. However, as I get older (65), I am becoming more concerned about safety features. The Honda Sensing suite seems appealing, but I wonder about the practicality. Which of the features in Honda Sensing do you find useful? Which features are more trouble than they are worth?

Also, my key checkbox items are reliability, resale, visibility, AWD, cargo capacity, a commanding seat height, safety and a comfortable road vehicle. I also prefer simplicity in the dash layout.

I spend time skiing, cycling, flyfishing and frequent road trips in the Western U.S. I need occasional off road capability and must be able to attach a two bike Thule platform rack for both mountain and road biking. I don't need/want a 3rd row as my wife has a Buick Enclave if more space is needed.

I have yet to test drive a Passport, but it appears to check the boxes best. I have considered Subaru Ascent, Acura RDX, Toyota 4-Runner and Lexus GX, but will likely pass on all of those for various reasons.

Thanks in advance for any comments that might be helpful.

Rich in Salt Lake City
 

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I need some pushing to get over the top in a purchase of a new Passport. I think I want/need one.

I am currently driving a 2000 Lexus LX470 (160k miles), which I purchased new and am having a hard time letting it go. It has been a great vehicle and has served me well. However, as I get older (65), I am becoming more concerned about safety features. The Honda Sensing suite seems appealing, but I wonder about the practicality. Which of the features in Honda Sensing do you find useful? Which features are more trouble than they are worth?

Also, my key checkbox items are reliability, resale, visibility, AWD, cargo capacity, a commanding seat height, safety and a comfortable road vehicle. I also prefer simplicity in the dash layout.

I spend time skiing, cycling, flyfishing and frequent road trips in the Western U.S. I need occasional off road capability and must be able to attach a two bike Thule platform rack for both mountain and road biking. I don't need/want a 3rd row as my wife has a Buick Enclave if more space is needed.

I have yet to test drive a Passport, but it appears to check the boxes best. I have considered Subaru Ascent, Acura RDX, Toyota 4-Runner and Lexus GX, but will likely pass on all of those for various reasons.

Thanks in advance for any comments that might be helpful.

Rich in Salt Lake City
What are you waiting for, checks all boxes. Will look great cruising up to park city!
 

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Rich,

The Passport was made for you! It was made for me for the same needs you list above! None of the safety features are intrusive, unless you want them to be. I recommend the Elite because of the auto high beams and rain sensing wipers: two safety features that help keep your mind on the road when you most need to: dark and/or inclement weather.

I'm a little older than you, living in rural Vermont, still hike/snowshoe every day, kayak in the warm months, have a large frame that appreciates the legroom. I find the Passport to be a great drive and ride: good road manners, very quiet ride, excellent audio system.

You need to get out there and do a test drive, dude!

Keep us posted.

Bob
 

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Suspect the Passport ride might be a bit stiffer than the Lexus.

Also, make sure the drivers right side arm rest suits you. I wish it were a little bigger.

Everything else you mentioned, Passport does very well. Good luck.
 

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I wanted many of the same features as you. I suggest you go see it for yourself, get a feel for the roominess, and take it for a test drive. Try out the Honda Sensing features during your test drive. Then, come back here and tell us which trim/color you purchased :)
 

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Rich,
I don’t think you will be sorry in a purchase of a Passport Elite as long as you remember its no Lexus. I have owned all 4 of Hondas SUVs in the last 3 years and I feel that the Passport fits my needs perfectly, age “66” and I’m not as active as you. As you, the safety features now have become a important to me, and I needed a retirement vehicle that will be there when I get more “senior moments”?
 

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The features I found most useful on a recent road trip from LA to Phoenix was adaptive cruise control and the auto high beams. Not having to cycle the low beams for the occasional on coming car on the 2 lanes was remarkably useful.

I agree with what has already been said, it sounds like the Passport is exactly the car for you. I love mine, to the point where I find myself running errands that are mostly just excuses to drive it. It's a lot of car, especially coming from a 2006 CRV, but the driver position is excellent and the view is unmatched. Lots of glass in all the right places, especially the little A pillar windows. If feels very stable and sure footed with plenty of power.

I'm happy to answer any specific questions but I think the test drive will be the thing that convinces you.
 

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Rich, I'm not gonna try to convince you, but I will say go test drive one then comeback, here, I'll bet it will have answered most of your questions.

Interesting that you list "resale' as one of your criteria, based on you currently driving a 19 year old vehicle...

And again, I can't wait to hear your thoughts after driving one...!
 

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Rich,
I’m coming off 3 Lexus vehicles (2 RX 350s and a GS350)....all great cars. But my Passport Elite drives better and has so much more room. Test drive one...I think you’ll like it.
 

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You have done your research. You should, of course, buy a Passport. After all, this IS a Honda Passport forum. What did the Subaru Ascent and Jeep Grand Cherokee/Cherokee forums have to say?
BTW, One of my primary car review sources is Car & Driver magazine.

Also, if you have not become familiar with a new car for 19 years, and if you haven't driven a car with all the new safety features such as lane change control and other accident avoidance controls, you will appreciate those features especially at sixty-five plus 18 years (if your history repeats itself).

make a real-time review of the infotainment features in all the cars you are reviewing. Ask yourself: how 'friendly' they are to operate. Do they make use of good ergonomics for you? Will all the features be easy to learn and understand? Many times just a minor preference can make a difference with a car buyer. There's seating comfort, where do you store your sunglasses, and yes, I have even heard about the color of seat cover stitching as a no-go.

Much will change in the auto industry in ten years time.
 

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Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control are two of the Honda Sensing Features I find most useful and like the most. I had a 2018 Chevy Equinox (which I traded-in on the Passport) and its Lane Keeping Assist was a joke, it would nearly run out of the lane before a very mild correction would take place. The Honda Lane Keeping Assist will almost drive itself.
 

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Look at all these quote"old guys"unquote on here ;)
I'm gonna be 45 in a few months - Bless you guys older than me - I hope I'm as capable as y'all are when I get there.

That said, I'm in a similar boat as the OP - I have a ROCK SOLID ride now. It's paid off. It never gives me any problems. I do the majority of the maintenance myself. It's a Tacoma - Reliable and I have dealers (without even haggling) willing to give me $17k for it - So there's value there.

I'm an ex-Honda owner. Had an '06 Accord and it was fantastic, is probably still running actually - But I got out of it because I wanted a pickup. Now my kids are getting a bit older - But they still have a lot of sh*t that's getting harder to put in the bed, even with a tonneau cover. And they'd probably be more comfortable in something with a little more room.

No manufacturer has ever made a vehicle that has the looks, capability and tech that the Passport does. That's why it caught my eye. Every check box is ticked - Carplay, LED lights, AWDTorque-Vectoring to handle some light off-road, adaptive cruise control. Everything.

I'm probably going to get one this summer when they relax a bit on the incentives (also after tax season which wasn't kind to me in '18 LOL)

But seriously I can't see a reason to NOT get a Passport. This thing is the real deal and covers a market that spans (IMHO) people from their 30's to 90's that are active and want the same thing you're looking for.
 

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No Thule rack yet! Has me on pins and needle since I pulled the trigger before I checked that and will need it shortly for a kayaking trip!
 
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