---Honda got back to me today after I submitted a question on the website (first post on this thread). Response pretty much as expected:
"Thank you for allowing Honda Automobile Customer Service the opportunity of responding to your message. Unfortunately, the 2019 Honda Passport will come standard with 20-inch alloy wheels and tires on all trims. This information is available at www.hondanews.com. We are sorry to hear that this may affect your decision to purchase a Honda passport. Thank you for contacting us and have a great rest of your day.
Honda Automobile Customer Service"
I find it amusing that amusing that Honda itself states "Unfortunately, the 2019 Honda Passport will come standard with 20-inch alloy wheels."
That is funny. This was probably answered by some low-level customer relations person. It needs to get escalated to some "higher-ups" at Honda. Hopefully someone from Honda reads this forum.