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2012 Honda Crosstour Adds Features, Drops Accord Name

2012 Honda Crosstour EX-L

2012 Honda Crosstour EX-L

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Officially called a “crossover SUV” by Honda, the 2012 Honda Crosstour isn’t like anything else on the road today (except the similarly-styled-but-mechanically-different Acura ZDX). Designed to look like a coupe and drive like a car but function like a crossover vehicle, the Honda Crosstour is easily the most polarizing vehicle in Honda’s current product lineup. Sales have been disappointing to date, thanks in part to the unconventional styling, compromised rear headroom and unimpressive fuel economy.

Honda’s not ready to pull the plug on their controversial crossover just yet, so the Crosstour returns for the 2012 model year with a few key changes. First, “Accord” is dropped from it name, so the new vehicle is simply the 2012 Honda Crosstour and not the Honda Accord Crosstour. Whether or not that will help the model find its own identity has yet to be seen, but the name is certainly less cumbersome than in previous years.

The 2012 Honda Crosstour continues to come in three major variants, including the base front-wheel-drive EX, the FWD EX-L and an EX-L version with Honda’s Real Time four-wheel-drive system. In addition to four-wheel-drive, a navigation system remains an available option on EX-L models only.

Base EX models now get automatic headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone integration and a USB audio input. These features are added to a list of standard features that already includes fog lights, projector-beam headlights, 17-inch aluminum wheels, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate controls, a 360-watt audio system and a hidden, removable utility box.

Stepping up to the EX-L version gets you such luxury touches as leather seating, heated front seats with a driver seat memory, improved speakers and an integrated HomeLink system.

All Crosstour models get a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with Honda’s i-VTEC variable valve timing and Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to maximize fuel economy. VCM allows the Crosstour to operate on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders depending upon engine load and reducing fuel consumption under normal operating conditions. All Crosstour models come with a five-speed automatic transmission.


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Comments (9)
  1. They did go quite far enough with the name. They should have done a marketing tie-in with SeaWorld and named it the Honda Shamu. It's nice to see that the Pontiac Aztek designers have found a new home.

  2. @Drew, I'm not sure I'd go that far, but it's certainly not the most attractive vehicle that Honda's ever penned.

  3. Is anybody buying these things to make it worth while for Honda to continue making them?

  4. @Matt, Honda had previously lumped Crosstours in with Accords, and I don't recall seeing a separate sales report by Accord model. It's a safe bet that sales to date have been "underwhelming."

  5. It is an odd looking vehicle, but the interior is quite nice. My neighbor bought one as he did the Ridgeline. Another neighbor told him, "you are ruining our property values and bringing the neighborhood down. He told him, "I got them cheap"! Hmm!

  6. I just have to laugh when a car company claims a 4-door looks like a coupe. WE'RE NOT IDIOTS! Only coupes look like a coupe. It's like calling a hatchback a "5-door". Yeah right.

  7. I have this V6 engine in my Accord coupe - take a little getting used to as the engine feels like it's missed firing a spark plug when the fuel saving mode kicks in... but the mileage is worth it... but when will Honda catch up to Hyundai in automatic transmission?!!!

  8. Harpoon the ugly beast and place the designers in shackles so we can pelt rotten tomatoes at them!
    What is it with the modern world where no one can admit they made a mistake. Car makers can't hide, people vote with their cash and have voted no on this monstrocity. Accept it, bow in appology and make something interesting (like a real successor to CRX not that silly hybrid thingy)

  9. @Reece, it's not just contemporary designers - do you remember the AMC Matador? Edsel?

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