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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Honda Crosstour

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 21 City / 30 Highway
Pros
  • A quiet cabin at highway speeds
  • Reasonably good fuel efficiency, even with V6
  • Available all-wheel drive
Cons
  • Less agile than an Accord sedan
  • Limited cargo space
  • Debatable styling
, Automotive Editor -
The Honda Crosstour hasn't convinced auto journalists - or car buyers - that giving an Accord some more space at the cost of reduced performance was a good idea.

Introduction

The Crosstour model debuted in the 2010 model year as a sub-model under the Honda Accord umbrella. In 2012m the Crosstour became its own model, but its Accord roots are still present and easily recognized. Unfortunately, the Crosstour has yet to gain traction in the marketplace and has been a relative failure since its debut.

For the 2013 model year, in an attempt to boost interest in its failing crossover, Honda has refreshed the Crosstour. The changes are mild and start off with a restyled exterior, giving it a more rugged appearance than before. The interior design was slightly modified and giving higher-end materials.

The Earth Dreams V-6 engine receives a 7-horsepower boost and its base four-cylinder engine gets a boost to 31 mpg highway – up from 27 mpg in 2012. There are now two new exterior colors to choose from: Kona Coffee Metallic and Mountain Air Metallic. Honda also worked on the Crosstour’s visibility by adding in a standard rearview camera and expanding the rearview mirror. Lastly, Honda added in a slew of available features that were not available in 2012, including: six-speed transmission with paddle shifters, Honda LaneWatch, HondaLink with Aha, Smart Entry with remote start, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

The 2013 Crosstour comes in four main trim levels: EX, EX V-6, EX-L and EX-L V-6. The EX is the base level, but it contains a wide range of standard features to help it better compete with higher-end crossovers. The EX V-6 takes in a stouter driveline, adding relatively decent performance to the mix. The EX-L offers top-notch fuel economy and loads of premium features. Finally, the EX-L V-6 adds V-6 power and performance to the wide array of premium features offered up by the EX-L.

The crossover market is stuffed to the seams with competition, and the Crosstour takes on the less rugged of the group. The first competitor for the Crosstour is the 2013 Toyota Venza, which features a recently restyled body, a base 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 181 horsepower and plenty of standard features for its price. Next up is the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek, which comes standard with a 2.0-liter engine with 148 horsepower, five-person cloth seating and a six-speaker audio system. The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen is another key competitor, and it comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with 140 horsepower and 236 foot-pounds of torque, five-person leatherette seating and standard 16-inch alloy wheels.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Honda Crosstour
Starting price
$17,458

2013 Honda Crosstour EX

Recommended for: Small families that need an inexpensive, easy-to-drive crossover

The 2013 Honda Crosstour EX comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that creates 192 horsepower and 162 foot-pounds of torque. The engine hooks up to a five-speed automatic transmission and transfers power to the front wheels. Given the amount of competition the Crosstour deals with, the EX trim level, despite being the base level, is pretty well equipped. On the outside, the EX comes standard with: Active Noise Cancellation, Vehicle Stability Assist, 17-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, power moonroof, fog lights, projector headlights, daytime running lights, brake assist, keyless entry, intermittent wipers, rear wiper, heated side-view mirrors, chrome door handles and chrome exhaust tips. On the inside, the Crosstour EX comes standard with: cabin air filter, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows and door locks, basic rearview camera with rearview-mirror-mounted display, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity with text message function, tilt steering, power 10-way driver seat, seven-speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD/USB/MP3 capabilities, 360 watts and a subwoofer, steering-wheel-mounted cruise, audio and Bluetooth controls, and Maintenance Minder system.

2013 Honda Crosstour
Starting price
$17,458

2013 Honda Crosstour EX V6

Recommended for: Families that need a little extra power with their crossover

The EX V-6 trim level, much like its name alludes to, adds in a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that puts out 278 horsepower, which connects to a six-speed automatic transmission with “Sport” mode and available paddle shifters. The EX V-6 trim level goes beyond just a larger engine, as it adds in some extra comfort and appearance features. On the outside, the EX V-6 trim level adds in: 18-inch wheels, smart entry system, electric power steering and multi-angle rearview camera. Inside the cabin, the EX V-6 adds in: i-MID with an 8-inch screen, dual-zone auto climate control, Honda Lane Watch, engine “Start/Stop” button, steering-wheel-mounted i-MID control, four-way power passenger seat, HondaLink, touchscreen for audio system, Pandora radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, exterior thermometer, and compass.

2013 Honda Crosstour
Starting price
$17,458

2013 Honda Crosstour EX-L

Recommended for: Established families looking for a premium crossover with good mpg and leather

he EX-L drops the Crosstour back down to the same driveline as the EX trim level – four-cylinder with five-speed automatic transmission. What the EX-L does, however, is add some extra luxury to the base EX trim level. On the outside, the EX-L trim level takes the EX’s standard features and adds in memory side-view mirrors. Inside the cabin, the EX-L tosses in: dual-zone auto climate control, multi-angle rearview camera, Honda Lane Watch, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shifter knob, steering-wheel-mounted cruise/audio/phone/i-MID controls, two-position memory driver seat, four-way power passenger seat, heated leather seating, HondaLink, audio system touchscreen, Pandora radio, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and multi-information display with average fuel economy, Bluetooth hands-free link and audio streaming, clock, compass, customizable settings, instant fuel economy indicator, miles-to-empty display, and SMS text message function.

2013 Honda Crosstour
Starting price
$17,458

2013 Honda Crosstour EX-L V6

Recommended for: Buyers that want all of the premium features along with V-6 power in their crossover

The EX-L V-6 trim level is the peak for the 2013 Crosstour, as it takes the EX-L features and adds in some extra luxury and the V-6 driveline found in the EX V-6 trim level. On the outside, the EX-L V-6 trim level comes with the EX-L’s trimmings and adds in: 18-inch wheels, electric power steering and Smart Entry. Inside the cabin, the EX-L V-6 trim level again carries all of the EX-L’s features and adds in: engine “Start/Stop” button, HomeLink and fuel economy indicator.

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