2013 Honda Crosstour Preview

November 15, 2012

Honda previewed updates to the Crosstour Crossover back at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April, and now the updates have become official. With better fuel efficiency, more power, and tweaked styling Honda is hoping to nab a larger piece of the crossover market.

Up front Honda has tweaked the grille to be more in-line with the new 2013 Accord sedan along with updated headlights. The front lower valance has been beefed up bringing it more in-line with something you'd expect on the Subaru Outback. Honda said it was looking to give the 2013 Crosstour a more rugged and refined look, and we feel it hit the mark.

Crosstour EX models now feature chrome door handles, 17-inch alloy wheels, and auto-on/off projector-beam headlights, a one-touch power moonroof with tilt, body-colored folding power side mirrors with defrost, and auto-up/down drivers and front passenger's windows with rear privacy glass. Stepping up to the top-of-the-line EX-L V-6 model adds 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside the Crosstour features upgraded materials and styling thanks to the updated 2013 Accord sedan on which the Crosstour is based. The EX models feature automatic air conditioning with filtration, Bluetooth handsfree, a USB audio interface, steering wheel-mounted controls, along with an auto dimming rearview mirror. Top shelf EX-L V-6 models add dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather-trimmed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, along with HondaLink with Aha capability, Pandora, and Internet radio capability.

The Crosstour will retain both a four-cylinder and six-cylinder engine option. The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 192 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The V-6 engine is now Honda's new Earth Dreams 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. While the four-cylinder continues to use a five-speed automatic transmission, the V-6 engine is now connected to a six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Fuel economy has improved across the board. The four-cylinder model has an EPA estimated rating of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with a 25 mpg combined rating. The V-6 model has significantly better fuel economy than last year with an EPA estimated rating of 20 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined in front-wheel drive models, while all-wheel drive models drop those ratings to 18 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.

The Crosstour continues to feature a double-wishbone front suspension with an independent multi-link setup in the rear. Handling is further aided by front and rear stabilizer bars along with a front strut tower bar.

For 2013 the Crosstour receives a big upgrade in the safety department with a new forward collision warning system and lane departure warning system on the EX-L models. The Crosstour also features better visibility thanks to Honda's new LaneWatch blind spot camera system and reshaped rear headrests. Also included for 2013 is a standard rearview backup camera and expanded view driver's mirror.

Honda has also lowered the base price of the Crosstour for 2013 by $525 to $27,230. Sales will begin on November 30 at your local Honda dealership.

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