Agree. I always felt that no having a spare applies to those driving within city limits aka on ideal road conditions and within range of most roadside assistance services. Without you're on the losing end.Without a full size spare if you get a sidewall puncture and you are on a rocky 2-track road, you might not have the clearance to get back out again without the height of a full size spare. In my 2003 Pilot I could replace the original smaller tire spare with a full size tire in the same place under the car. Also no need to unload the car to drop down the spare. As someone who has gotten a sidewall puncture, this is a real concern and lessening the risk with better AT tires with stronger sidewalls doesn't appear to be a current option with the 20" tire size.
rear mounted wrangler/tacoma style is what i'm after which also suits the Passports offroad character.Since the Passport has greater ground clearance over the Pilot there may be room underneath for a full size spare mount. Space saving wheels have become all too common in the industry, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense for something that's being marketed as an adventurer.