Honda Crosstour Review

Honda Crosstour Review

The Honda Crosstour is essentially a tall wagon version of the previous-generation Accord sedan that features increased ride height and available all-wheel drive (AWD), a combination that delivers more utility and more all-weather capability. It's certainly more versatile than a regular Accord, but that tapering roof line means there's considerably less cargo space than there would be in a conventional wagon or SUV with its traditional boxy shape.

In other words, if you're drawn toward the composed ride and handling dynamics of an Accord sedan but want more cargo space and/or the option of all-wheel drive, then the Crosstour is worth considering. But unless the Crosstour's somewhat controversial design strikes a chord with you, there are more sensible crossovers out there.

Current Honda Crosstour
The Honda Crosstour comes in two trim levels -- EX and EX-L. The EX comes with automatic headlights, a sunroof, a power driver seat, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a seven-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer and an iPod/USB audio interface. The V6 version of the EX tacks on extra equipment including a rearview camera, a blind-spot warning system, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control and Bluetooth audio. The EX-L adds to those items things like bigger wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver memory settings and satellite radio. The one option for the Crosstour is a navigation system, which is only available on the EX-L.

The Honda Crosstour offers a choice of two engines -- a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 192 horsepower or a 3.5-liter V6 with 278 hp. A five-speed automatic is standard on the four while a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters comes with the V6. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available on the EX-L V6.

On the road, performance of the inline-4-powered Crosstour is lackluster, which is no surprise given this Honda's near 2-ton mass and the price paid for the higher fuel mileage. And though the overall acceleration delivered by the V6 is more than adequate, the off-the-mark performance is a little soft due to a lack of torque. But despite the Honda Crosstour's elevated center of gravity and extra 300 pounds compared to the Accord sedan, it's still pleasant to drive, with predictable steering, composed handling and a quiet interior.

Those familiar with the previous-generation Accord sedan would feel right at home in the Crosstour's cabin, from the decent materials to the solid fit and finish. The current Accord sedan is a step up, however, in terms of quality, functionality and appearance. In particular, the Crosstour suffers from a glut of unattractive buttons and the optional navigation system only adds to the clutter.

The Crosstour's sloping roof line eats into rear cargo space -- there's only a bit over 51 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded -- though rear passengers enjoy ample leg- and headroom.

Used Honda Crosstour Models
The Honda Crosstour debuted for the 2012 model year, though that essentially just signaled a name change for this model, as it was produced the previous two years under the Accord Crosstour moniker.

Regardless of the name, it differs slightly from today's vehicle. The four-cylinder was not always available, while the V6 produced 271 hp prior to 2013. Its transmission was also a five-speed unit and fuel economy ratings were slightly lower for both engines. These pre-'13 Crosstours looked a little different and had fewer features available.

Honda Crosstour years