Turns out, Honda has bigger off-roading ambitions than the standard TrailSport.
We use the word rugged because the TrailSport is more than just a cosmetic package. The highlights include a wider track, chunky tires, and 8.2 inches of ground clearance. Although we wouldn't want to drive it over a mountain, it likely has more off-road potential than the average crossover driver needs. It's similar in concept to the 2022 Subaru Outback, which you can now get in the more capable Wilderness trim.
Today Honda has announced the Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project, which takes it a step further. It's a custom-built overland concept, with Honda partnering with Jon Tuico from the JonDZAdventuring YouTube channel for guidance.
While this particular car is a one-off, Honda says it expresses the vision for more off-road capable Passports in the future. Honda now owns the trademark for "TrailSport," and will be offering various models wearing this badge in the future.
Essentially, the Rugged Roads is an overland vehicle and not a 4x4 built for technical trails. The few components that don't come from the Honda Genuine Accessories catalog are the Jsport suspension lift kit and the Firestone Destination A/T2 all-terrain tires. The lift kit alone gives the Rugged Roads a further 1.5 inches of clearance up front and 0.75 inches at the rear. It also boasts new 18-inch alloys and black Honda emblems.
Honda's R&D department designed and fabricated the TrailSport orange recovery points and thick stainless steel skid plates for the oil pan and fuel tank. There's also a lower door brush garnish to project the body panels.
To give the Passport more cargo-carrying capabilities, Honda equipped a Dirt Complex tow-hitch carrier, roof crossbars. To make sleeping anywhere easy, this Passport had a Sparrow XL rooftop tent from Roofnest.
As a reminder, the standard TrailSport is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the Passport comes with a 5,000 lbs towing capacity. The TrailSport has orange contrast stitching, rubber floor mats, amber ambient lighting, and black chrome gauge surrounds to differentiate it from standard models.
If you want to see it in person, the Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project will make its debut at the Overland Expo West, which takes place in Flagstaff, Arizona from 24-26 September.
Alongside the Rugged Roads Project, Honda will also display the Honda Ridgeline HPD Trail Tour Project Vehicle. Based on the 2021 Ridgeline with the HPD Package, this display vehicle has bed and rooftop accessories courtesy of Thule that include a rooftop tent, and a custom spare tire rack from Jsport. With recovery points, stainless steel skid plates fabricated by Honda's in-house R&D department, a matching Jsport suspension life, and Firestone all-terrain tires, the Ridgeline HPD Trail Tour will boast enhanced off-road ability.