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2022 Ford Edge Rival Honda Passport Gets Pricier, Largely Ditches FWD

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After receiving a refresh for the 2021 model year, the 2022 Ford Edge is dropping its front-wheel drive configuration and will only be available with all-wheel drive, as Ford Authority reported back in August. This move also impacted the pricing of the 2022 Edge, which has increased by roughly $2,000 across the board. The competition is following suit, as Mazda recently decided to convert its entire crossover lineup to standard all-wheel drive, and now, the refreshed 2022 Honda Passport is largely ditching front-wheel drive with the exception of the entry-level EX-L model.

The 2022 Honda Passport loses the previous entry-level model – the Sport – in favor of the more expensive EX-L, which starts out at $39,095 without a $1,225 destination charge – $5,080 more than the 2021 Passport Sport and $5,000 more than the all-wheel drive Edge SE, which has an MSRP of $34,905 minus a destination charge of $1,245. Stepping up to the all-wheel drive EX-L will set buyers back at least $39,970.

The EX-L does come relatively well-equipped, with standard features including 20-inch wheels, a sunroof, a power tailgate, blind-spot monitoring, and leather seats. The next two trims in the 2022 Passport family – the TrailSport and Elite – both come with standard all-wheel drive and sticker for $42,470 and $45,430, respectively.

The TrailSport is a new addition to the lineup and features 18-inch wheels, more aggressive tires, a roof rack, a body that’s 0.4 inches wider, and styling that is intended to make it look more rugged and off-road capable. Meanwhile, the Elite is a more luxurious offering with amenities such as cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

All 2022 Honda Passport models feature revised front and rear fascias, and each is powered by Honda’s 3.5L V6 that produces 280 horsepower. The naturally-aspirated gas engine is backed up by a 9-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to either the front wheels or all four via Honda’s i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. The 2022 Honda Passport is expected to launch this winter.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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