The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “prologue” as “an introductory or preceding event or development.” And that’s exactly why “Prologue” is the name of Honda’s all-new and first-ever electric SUV.

But they didn’t do it alone. Leaning into their history of partnering with automakers for “first step” vehicles, Honda has teamed up with GM to develop the Prologue, using the General’s Ultium battery-electric-vehicle platform for a jumpstart.

In car terminology, the Prologue is classified as a midsize two-row utility. Measuring out to 192-inches, it’s about 3-inches longer than the most recent Passport. The Prologue’s wheelbase is nearly a foot longer at 122-inches, thanks to said Ultium underpinnings.

Though, it didn’t feel bigger. In fact, it was rather nimble during our California First Drive thanks to a responsive steering system and that electric powertrain co-developed with GM. All models are powered by an 85 kWh battery. Dual-motor all-wheel drive models can generate 288 horsepower and 333 lb-ft of torque, capable of up to 281 miles of range. The single-motor front-wheel drive setup can reach 296 miles.

“Sport” mode does wake up the acceleration some, but power wasn’t our key takeaway. Instead, it was how comfortable the Prologue was to drive, from the suspension to the seats.

The cabin is simplistic enough without going full minimalist. The Prologue boasts an 11-inch digital instrument panel and an 11.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. And like GM’s latest EVs, the Prologue has built-in Google, so access to various Google apps is native. While you won’t be able to mirror your Apple and Android phones, they are still compatible for phone calls, music and the like.

The interior is encased by a self-described “neo-rugged” exterior. We’d call it sleek, built with aerodynamic efficiency in mind— design language we expect to see more of soon.

With plans to introduce many more electric vehicles globally by 2030, the 2024 Prologue truly is our introduction to Honda’s modern EV efforts. The entry-level EX starts just under $49,000 with delivery. Expect first examples to arrive at dealerships March 2024.