I can speak to an alternate reason why they aren't selling at OC Honda World in Westminster and it has nothing to do with the Passport. Skip to the bottom if you want to get to the point and don't want to read a long and sorted tale...My local dealer has 37 Passports (LOL - Really) - while most other So. Cal. dealers have between 4 and 7 Passports:
I've been watching their inventory since the Passport was released (Feb 4) and they have ONLY SOLD 2!
I also saw the stock that they claimed to have online and it looked like they had the AWD EXL in Modern Steel that I was looking for. After reaching out, a sales rep confirmed that they had it and I scheduled a test drive. After my wife got off work, we prepared for the hour and a half drive to see the car. I called back to double check that they had the car and was told that it was in fact a Pilot, not a Passport but that they found a matching one in "storage" and that we should come down, it would be waiting for us.
We get there and the sales person that I've been communicating with is no where to be found and a new salesman starts in on us. Agressively trying to convince us how much we should like the Silver Touring which turns out to be the only AWD version he has. There is no Modern Steel, there is no "storage" lot but he tried to stall us while they bring something from another dealership. After we pressed him on it he told us they sold the EXL we called about earlier that day (I just checked and it's still listed on the site) but that he had another one and it was close by. We give it the benefit of the doubt and agree to negotiate price while the car comes from wherever it supposedly is. Remember, we confirmed twice on the phone exactly what we needed and were assured it was there... lies.
The negotiation started out very rough as they were asking MSRP plus 2000 markup since it was such a new car. We wanted to find out the price of the Adventure Package and to see the difference between the EXL and Touring since you already have the rails on the touring. The "let me ask the manager" game started and we had 3 trips to the Man Behind the Curtain and they still didn't know what the Adventure Package included, and only had 1 price for it (that was 500 more then I was quoted at New Century Honda in Glendale). He finally admitted that the Passport wouldn't get there before closing, and never showed us any inventory paperwork or a VIN number to make me believe it existed at all. We left frustrated, angry, and lied to, and after having a very aggressive and uninformed sales experience (we were told the Passport had 19 inch wheels among many more inaccuracies).
The only good thing that happened is that we did get to test drive a touring and we fell in love with the upgraded audio system and decided to expand our search to include the Touring. After driving home having wasted 5 hours in the experience, we were happy to find out that the Touring was available from our preferred local dealer in Glendale as they had a white one to trade with another dealership and 72 hours later we had our Passport.
The moral of the story is that I don't believe OCHonda World in Westminster has the inventory they claim to have and even if they did, thier lack of sales are the fault of a terrible sales experience and shouldn't be used as a criticism of the Passport. Do yourself a favor and shop elsewhere.