From Honda press: One of the most durable four-wheel drive vehicles on and off the road today, the 2001 Honda Passport adds important equipment and safety features. New for 2001 is a "LATCH" (Lower Anchor and Tethers for CHildren) system and an eight speaker stereo system for all models.
Powered by a 3.2-liter, 24-valve, DOHC aluminum-alloy V-6 engine, the Passport delivers 205-horsepower at 5400 rpm and 214 lb.-ft. of torque at 3000 rpm to accelerate quickly and help tackle uphill grades. City/Highway EPA fuel economy for the 2WD is 17/20 for the manual transmission model and 17/21 for the automatic transmission models. 4WD model EPA fuel economy is 17/20 for the manual transmission model and 16/20 for the 4WD models equipped with an automatic transmission.
Two 4WD speeds are available for the Passport: 4H (High) for driving on wet, sandy or snow-covered roads; and 4L (Low) for climbing or descending steep hills or for hard pulling in sand, mud or deep snow. In addition, a limited-slip differential and shift on the fly is standard on all 4WD models. Radiator and fuel tank skid plates are standard on all Passport models and a transfer case skid plate is equipped on 4WD models.
For optimal control and sedan-like response, Passport features variable power-assist rack-and-pinion steering. Double wishbone front suspension along with front and rear stabilizer bars provide exceptional stability both on and off-road.
Passport's 3.2-liter engine is one of the most powerful V-6s in the compact-SUV segment, developing an impressive 205 horsepower at 5400 rpm and a strong 214 lb.-ft. of torque at 3000 rpm. Its dual overhead camshaft, 24-valve design, high compression ratio (9.1:1) and multi-point fuel-injection system give it maximum combustion efficiency, good fuel economy,* low emissions and outstanding performance throughout the rpm band. The 3.2-liter V-6 features a lightweight, all-aluminum block and cylinder head with a 75' "V" design, for compact packaging under the hood and easy access to routine maintenance items.
Using direct-port injection, the sequential fuel-injection system is managed by a powertrain control module (PCM). Sensors allow the PCM to measure inlet airflow, engine vacuum, throttle-valve position, engine temperature and engine speed. The system calculates the exact fuel charge needed, then sends it directly to each cylinder at exactly the right moment in the intake cycle.
Passport uses a four-valve-per-cylinder valve train. This configuration allows a greater volume of air and fuel into the combustion chamber via the two intake valves, promoting maximum cylinder charging. The combustion chamber's pentroof design creates a swirl effect of the intake charge, helping to densify it so that when spark plug detonation occurs, it bums more completely. After combustion, the two exhaust valves allow more exhaust gases to escape, thereby evacuating the cylinder for a new, uncontaminated intake charge.