Ok, back from my two dealer visits, here are the gory details:
First dealer had a Black Elite in the middle of the showroom floor, they offered to pull it out for me, but I told them not to bother and test drove a Black E-XL Passport about 6 miles on city streets. Very quiet interior, was only able to punch it to about 40-45mph but it was very smooth, and quiet, shut the stereo off, with windows rolled-up, it felt good, I had the rear seats down, so there were no head rests visible in the rear view mirror, and overall visibility was great! The seats felt ok, not great, but not bad either, the flip-up & down arm in the center of the vehicle is wimpy at best. I think an aftermarket comapy is making some beefier ones for the Pilots and hopefully they would fit the Passport.
SIZE: This is a true Mid-Size SUV, you have to step up slightly to get in, also as I had surmised, the top of the Passport Rails are at least 6-1/2 feet high, and you'll need a serious step ladder if the intend to put stuff up there, this actually helped me decide NOT to bother with buying the Cross-bars.
INSIDE: The rear seats fold completely flat! I crawled inside and the salesperson closed the rear lid and I could fully stretch out going caddy-corner. I'm about 5-10 and would imagine someone up to approx. 6'2" could still fit comfortable back there (with some foam and a sleeping bag, that is).
The rear hidden area is very large, and I think I will be able to put a small safe in the secondary recessed area - over and behind the main "trunk".
Stereo/Infotainment system: looked at the Elite one only: the Premium Stereo sounded very good, the sub was pumping, listened to XM, some Duran Duran song and at about "11" and it sounded really good, plenty load and very clear and well balanced (Note, this was sitting in the showroom with all windows and doors fully closed).
Second dealer had a White Elite in their showroom and the salesman there showed me how to roll all the windows down from outside the vehicle and did the auto start from the remote (both pretty cool features).
Spent a lot of time in the Black Elite at the first dealer (Saleswoman was friendly and nice looking) and she showed me a ton of options all through the infotainment system, it is very advanced! She also confirmed that they were giving $3-$4k discounts on Pilots, but nothing like that initially on the Passports.
Neither had a Touring model, so I did not get to see those gun metal gray rims, but was still not crazy about the black (Elite) ones..
Basically did not see or experience anything that would dissuade me away from the Passport, I liked it. I'm sure I left some things out, but that was my big adventure...
Lastly, the second dealer, I suspect pulled a sneaky and creepy trick: when you contact them online they have a girl call you and set up a firm appointment time, when I got there she is suddenly nowhere to be found and an older middle eastern gentlemen, along with the sales manager show up to tell me she is unavailable and the sales-guy made a point of showing me his cell phone that showed her name on a text or call or something (There was no reason to do that - other than to falsely cement their story).
Then when he went to retrieve a Touring model for the test drive (which they did not have) I looked at the display box (that is required in California) and has entire sales staff Driver's Licenses'
on display - EXCEPT there was NO Driver's License for the woman I supposedly had the appointment with. And the salesguy never mentioned her again and gave me HIS card when I left. So again I suspect, it was done to lure people in, thinking they would have a woman do it then switch her to one of the guys... Not sure what to make of this(?)