The Honda Passport is a vehicle that closely resembles features of the Isuzu Rodeo. The Isuzu was released in 1993 and originally sold by Honda, but was later made in Indiana by Subaru Isuzu Automotive company.
The Honda Passport was a vehicle that formed a partnership between Isuzu and Honda in the 90s. This partnership established a close connection and relationship between the two companies, as there was a large exchange of vehicles from Honda to Isuzu. The relationship between the two companies was mutually convenient because Isuzu eventually made the decision to discontinue passenger car production. This decision was made largely due to a corporate restructuring. At the same time, Honda was in a position for a need of sport utility vehicles for their company, as the popularity of sport utility vehicles was growing rapidly in North America. Honda was capable of designing their own sport utility vehicles and this ultimately increased influence over Isuzu. This influence eventually concluded with the partnership between Honda and Isuzu ending. The partnership ended in 2002, as this is the year the Passport was discontinued and replaced with the more favored Honda Pilot.
The Honda Passport only had two generations of cars. Production of the first generation began in 1993 and lasted until 1997. The second generation began in 1998 and ended in 2002. The second generation had a total of two trim levels. The two trim levels that were produced were "EX" and "LX". The two different models differed as EX had a spare tire that was located below the cargo area, while LX had a swing carrier at the rear. In 2000, there were some minor changes for the Honda Passport, such as exterior colors and size of wheels. One issue with the Honda Passport was that some of the frames had a severe rust problem. This eventually lead to the vehicle being recalled.