The trouble with today's cutting-edge crossovers? Too many darned buttons on the steering wheel. And no place to store your beeper.
Here to the rescue comes the Pastport trim package, the product of a Honda digital marketing campaign, an April Fool's imagination and the kind of visionary backward thinking that's fast disappearing from the auto industry.
On the outside, it's a basic 2019 Passport, the '90s SUV nameplate that Honda revived for the current model year. On the inside, it's got all the marvels you'd expect from a Generation Y Honda, including a coin holder, digital clock, foldable paper navigation system, beeper mount, cassette-to-CD adapter and on-board 56K dial-up modem. The steering wheel has just one button, and it's smack in the middle: for the horn.
Take it from "Zack Tanner," the Honda historical innovations manager presumably created in a '90s test tube: "We think the new Pastport is all that and a bag of chips."