2012 Honda Crosstour EX-L
Honda’s five-passenger 2012 Crosstour receives some styling and features enhancements, but nothing major in the way of powertrain changes. It’s also simply called the Honda Crosstour now, having dropped the Accord name.
Two models are available, the Crosstour EX and Crosstour EX-L. The aerodynamic look of the exterior conceals an accommodating rear cargo area with a large, lift-over tailgate. Inside, the Crosstour features functional under-floor storage and reversible cargo floor panels that make it easier to take the messy out of carrying dirty objects.
Power comes from a 271-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management that delivers 254 pound-feet of torque. This is the same powerplant used in the 2011 model. The engine is paired with a technologically advanced five-speed automatic transmission. EPA-rated fuel economy is 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway in the two-wheel drive Crosstour EX and 18/26 mpg on the Crosstour EX-L with available Real-Time 4WD (four-wheel drive).
Honda says that the 2012 Crosstour offers true utility-vehicle capability with 6.2 inches of maximum ground clearance in addition to the available Real-Time 4WD system.
New standard features on the 2012 Crosstour EX include auto on/off headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB audio interface. Two new colors are available: Twilight Blue Metallic (replacing Glacier Blue Metallic) and Basque Red Pearl (replacing Tango Red Pearl).
Other standard features on the Crosstour EX include a moonroof, 17-inch aluminum wheels, projector-beam headlights, dual-zone climate control, a 360-watt, seven-speaker audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, chrome door handles, rear privacy glass, compass and outside temperature indicator, cruise control, hidden removable utility box, fold-down 60-40 split rear seatback, and more.
The Crosstour EX-L adds 18-inch wheels, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, memory driver-side seat and memory side mirrors with reverse tilting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, Kevlar-cone audio speakers, and more.
Pricing for the 2012 Honda Crosstour 2WD EX begins at $30,340 up to $36,540 for the Crosstour 4WD EX-L with Navigation. Destination charge on all models is an additional $810.
Bottom line: Powerful engine, sporty appearance and impressive list of standard features make the 2012 Honda Crosstour a good choice for small families. On the downside, other competitors may have more to offer, such as the Toyota Venza, which offers two engines, costs about $4,000 less, has better cargo capacity and slightly better fuel economy.