This creates a problem because now we don’t know which to choose

Honda didn’t come empty-handed at Overland Expo West. In fact, the Japanese carmaker’s stand featured not one, but two lifestyle adventure concepts based on two of its most popular cars in the U.S. - the Honda Passport SUV and the Ridgeline pickup truck. Both the Passport and the Ridgeline are pretty good at taking you well outside the asphalt in their factory setup, but Honda also has an answer for those who are permanently scouting for rougher challenges. So let’s see what each of the two concepts has in store for the thrill seeker.

Honda Passport Adventure Lifestyle Project

Honda Passport, Ridgeline Taste The Adventure Fruit at Overland West
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The new 2020 Passport is Honda’s latest model in its mid-size SUV range sold the States and can be fitted with a torque-vectoring AWD setup dubbed i-VTM4. For the Passport Adventure Lifestyle Project, however, Honda had to team up with California-based and Honda aftermarket specialist shop Jsport, which led to the appearance of a goodie list. Excited? We know you are.

Besides the new suspension lift kit (adding extra height worth of 1.5 inches in the front and 0.75 inches in the rear), Jsport sweetened the pot with a front skid plate and a set of badass Nitto RidgeGrappler tires wrapped around Jsport KMC XD 18-inch wheels.

Honda Passport, Ridgeline Taste The Adventure Fruit at Overland West
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READ MORE: 16 Little Known Facts About the 2020 Honda Passport

There’s extra room for hauling stuff on the roof thanks to a Jsport Plateau modular rack and for those too cool to book an Airbnb, Jsport also threw in a Roofnest Sandpiper rooftop tent. The Passport also gets a spare tire holder and a redesigned front end that might come in handy when lightweight obstacles such as bushes come between you and your path to adventure.

Honda Ridgeline Adventure Lifestyle Project

Honda Passport, Ridgeline Taste The Adventure Fruit at Overland West
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This one is based on the Honda Ridgeline Black Edition pickup but with the help of - you’ve guessed it - Jsport, it turns into an extreme adventure truck. Among the extra gear, we couldn’t help but notice the chunky off-road wheels and tires and the same Jsport Plateau roof rack that equips the Passport Adventure Project.

However, with all that space waiting to be used in the truck’s bed, Jsport added a Mesa bed rack to the mix as well as a Honda EU2200i generator that will provide the e-juice for any electrical camping items. Everything we mentioned here can be ordered off Jsport’s official website.

Honda Passport, Ridgeline Taste The Adventure Fruit at Overland West
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We also had a side-by-side look at the two models and discovered they are very similarly specced and priced. In fact, the use the same 3.5-liter Earth Dreams V-6 gasoline engine twinned to either a nine-speed or a six-speed automatic, horsepower and torque values are identical as well as towing capacity. The only slight differences lie in the EPA-rated fuel consumption figures, but these are rather marginal.

Check out the table below for a more detailed view:

Quick specs: Honda Passport vs Honda Ridgeline
Honda Passport SUV Honda Ridgeline Pickup
Engine 3.5-liter V-6, gasoline 3.5-liter V-6, gasoline
Power 280 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm 280 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 262 pound-feet @ 4,700 rpm 262 pound-feet @ 4,700 rpm
Gearbox 9-speed automatic w/ paddle shifters 6-speed automatic
Fuel consumption 19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway / 21 mpg combined 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway / 21 mpg combined
Towing capacity 2WD/AWD 3,500/5,000 pounds 3,500/5,000 pounds
Base price $31,990 $29,990

Further reading

2017 - 2018 Honda Ridgeline Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full review on the 2017 - 2018 Honda Ridgeline.

2019 Honda Passport Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Honda Passport.

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