The big-hatch Crosstour is based on the previous-generation Accord, which would indicate a replacement is due soon.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder with five-speed automatic transmission operates as the base powertrain; the 278-horsepower V6 is optional and works with a six-speed automatic. Front- and available all-wheel-drive are still offered.
Since it first arrived for the 2010 model year, the roomy Crosstour remains a radically different kind of Honda. Crosstours can be ordered with four-wheel-drive propulsion to help conquer most road conditions, but only when the V6 is specified. Honda’s “Real Time” four-wheel-drive system redirects power to the rear wheels when front-tire slip is detected. Adding four-wheel-drive increases the curb weight by a modest 185 pounds while reducing city/highway mpg fuel economy to an easy-to-take 18/28 from 20/29 for front-wheel-drive versions. Raising the Crosstour’s hatch reveals a cargo hold with nearly double the volume of an Accord sedan. Additional stowage can be realized by flipping the twin levers positioned next to the inside fender wells. Another neat trick is the removable load floor that conceals a brief-case-sized storage bin. Turn the carpeted side over and you have a hard plastic shell for placing muddy boots, wet clothing, towels, etc. The V6 has a deactivation program that shuts down two or three cylinders, depending on the engine load, to reduce fuel consumption. The base Crosstour EX includes dual-zone climate control, power moonroof, eight-inch information screen, rearview camera and a 300-watt audio system with speed-sensitive volume control and a USB audio interface. The EX-L adds leather-covered seats (heated in front), auto-dimming rearview mirror and 18-inch wheels (17s are on the EX).
Base price (incl. destination): $28,100
Type: Four-door hatchback/wagon
Base engine (hp): 2.4-liter DOHC I4, (192)
Optional engine (hp): 3.5-liter SOHC V6 (278)
Layout: Front- /four-wheel-drive
Transmission: Five-speed automatic (2.4); six-speed automatic (3.5)
MPG (city/hwy): 22/31 (2.4)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 3,660