The Passport hit the market in 1994. It was a mid-size SUV that was designed for drivers who wanted a versatile and practical vehicle for their daily needs. The first-generation Passport was a collaboration between Honda and Isuzu with Isuzu providing the mechanical components and Honda handling the design and marketing. The Passport had a rugged and capable exterior design with a spacious and functional interior. The Isuzu-based design meant that the Passport had a capable off-road demeanor. Competing against Jeep at the time meant that off-road capability mattered (via Edmunds).
The first-generation Honda Passport had a reliable engine and a smooth and comfortable ride. The frame and basic design of the Passport are the same as the Isuzu Rodeo. It was also available in a four-wheel drive version, making it capable of handling off-road terrain. The Passport had advanced features like power windows and a CD player, making it a convenient and modern option for drivers. The first-generation Passport was a well-built and practical SUV. However, it fell victim to the current SUV boom where many better models are available.