If the fact that the all-new mid-size SUV used to be a Honda flagship before Honda Pilot came out in 2002 is any indication, it ought to be ready for anything the Green Mountain State can throw at it, from the frigid winters of the Northeast Kingdom to the mud down south and the heat of August. However, what we know is limited yet; the new Passport is, after all, soon to release. That didn't stop the experts here at The Automaster Honda in Shelburne from getting a few exciting details.

For one, the entire trim line, from Sport and EX-L trim to Touring and Elite, incorporates an i-VTEC®. It's capable of shelling out a stellar 280 horsepower, breezing past crossovers known for both everyday utility, like Toyota Highlander, and off-road chops, such as Subaru Forester. Not only is Passport more energetic. It's also highly capable, too, in ways others aren't. i-VTM4&#trade; all-wheel drive is optional, just as electronic AWD systems are from many automakers these days, but ours also incorporates torque vectoring, making it just as much of a precision instrument around corners as it is off the beaten path.

Further, it's not every new SUV that comes built to handle specific and diverse conditions. Passport can. It incorporates an Intelligent Traction Management system that features Snow, Mud, and Sand modes, depending on drivetrain. Soon-to-be-close competitors like Hyundai Santa Fe XL and Mazda CX-9, however, don't. Nor do many alternatives build in active safety and driver-assistance suites standard from the get-go. Passport, however, features Honda Sensing®, bringing together lane-keeping, collision mitigation, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control systems for comprehensive protection no matter where adventure takes you, and it's included in every trim.

Of course, there's plenty more to the mid-size crossover where these advancements came from. The cabin's sizable, on the one hand, sprawling at a comfortable 115.9 cubic feet and offering seating for as many as five in two rows, furthermore available in leather. So is its cargo capacity, a roomy cubic footage up to 77.9 with rear seats folded. It'll even be able to tow anywhere from 3,500 pounds to up to 5,000 when equipped properly, putting it in dirt bike-, ATV-, and light trailer-towing territory.

But until the new Honda Passport drops, we'll have to await further updates -- needless to say, eagerly. However, you needn't wait to get the Honda SUV experience. Give us a call here on Shelburne Road or drop by for a visit, and we'll be glad to show you around the latest Honda CR-V or Pilot that catches your eye. We'll be looking forward to it!