It can be fun to marvel at the classic ski bum vehicles you might find in the parking lot at your favorite ski area. Old Toyota Tacomas and 4Runners have a bombproof reputation and classic style. Some might be partial to the old Subaru Outback Sport. The boxy appearance of the classic Jeep Cherokee is notable as is the old-school Nissan Pathfinder. We have even previously discussed one of the more wallet-friendly ski bum vehicles, the Isuzu Rodeo.
Let’s discuss another lesser-known option that shares some similarities with the previously mentioned vehicles: the original Honda Passport. The first and second-generation Honda Passport shared a lot of the aesthetics as the immensely popular Toyota 4Runner and Nissan Pathfinder. Yet, for some reason, it never really gained the same cult following. It was rugged-looking and offered the dependability of a Japanese engine. The Passport was available in 4-wheel drive with a manual transmission, got about 20 miles-per-gallon probably rolled over a fair bit. What’s not to like?
Indeed, the original Passport had everything you’d want as a ski bum. Perhaps most importantly, you could find them being sold cheap. Nothing says “ski bum” like moving to a mountain town and purchasing a 20-year old SUV for $1,800.
Next time you see an old Honda Passport slowly making its way up to the ski hill, give it an Unofficial salute.