In some ways, the Crosstour has the qualities of both car types yet it still behooves us to watch Honda peddle the vehicle when it already has a full lineup of models that customers to choose from.
But hey, give credit to the Japanese carmaker for venturing into the road less travelled. The Crosstour really is on a unique platform and to be fair to it, the vehicle does have some impressive qualities about it that should make for an intriguing purchase, even if you have to compromise on some things to make way for other things.
It’s confusing, we know, but then again, isn’t that the state of mind the Crosstour will leave you in?
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Starting with the obvious, the Crosstour looks like a hybrid in an aesthetic sense. It’s long enough to be a wagon, tall enough to be a crossover, and a stylistically designed to be a sedan. If it didn’t carry the Honda name, the vehicle would probably be completely ignored.
But that’s the cache of being a Honda: you know you’re getting a car from one of the most reputable automakers in the world.
As far as its looks go, the Crosstour looks like a larger version of the Honda Accord , a not-so-strange coincidence considering that it traces its lineage to the Accord line. On that note, Honda playing around and making a car the equivalent of an oversized Accord with a fastback-style rear can be best described as designers probably having far too much downtime on their hands.
So what’s the best way to describe the Crosstour’s exterior appearance? A pupu platter of Honda models thrown into a singular design of what you’d expect from the lovechild of a wagon and a crossover.
2014 Honda Crosstour - Exterior Specification
Gallery Honda Crosstour
If you’re wondering if the interior of the Crosstour looks familiar, it’s because Honda based it on the Accord, which makes sense considering the former’s roots. What that gives us is a pretty slick-looking cabin that’s comes with a lot of high-quality materials.
As far as function is concerned, the Crosstour has plenty to go by; none more important than the neatly-arranged center console and the pair of LCD screens that you can avail of as an added option.There’s an identity to the interior setup of the Crosstour that should compensate for the exterior’s confusing look.
On the other hand, space is an issue on the Crosstour, even if it comes with a 25.7-cubic-foot cargo area with reversible floor panels (that figure goes up to 51.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity once the rear seats are folded). So why is space an issue? Because if not for its design, specifically the low-lying fastback roof, the Crosstour could have had more space at its disposal. That’s a pretty big deal if the vehicle wants to classify itself as a crossover.
|Headroom (in, front/rear)||39.5 / 37.5|
|Legroom (in, front/rear)||42.2 / 37.4|
|Shoulder Room (in, front/rear)||57.8 / 56.2|
|Hiproom (in, front/rear)||55.3 / 53.9|
|Cargo Volume (cu ft, rear seat up/down)||25.7 / 51.3|
The Honda Crosstour comes with two distinct powertrains: a 2.4-liter, in-line-four engine and a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. The four-cylinder carries an output of 192 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 162 pound-feet of torque at 6,200 rpm whereas the V-6 has 278 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 252 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm at its disposal.
No official performance numbers have been released but we expect the smaller engine to hit 60 mph in 7.2 seconds to go with a top speed of about 135 mph with the V-6 doing the 0-to-60 sprint in just 6.4 seconds to go with an estimated 150-mph top speed.
2014 Honda Crosstour - Drivetrain Specification
|Trim||EX, EX-L||EX V-6, EX-L V-6|
|Engine Type||In-Line 4-Cylinder||V-6|
|Power(HP @ RPM)||192 @ 7000||278 @ 6200|
|Torque(LB-FT @ RPM||162 @ 4400||252 @ 4900|
|Bore and Stroke (MM)||87 x 99||89 x 93|
|Compression Ratio||10.0 : 1||10.5 : 1|
|Valve Train||16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC®||24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®|
The Honda Crosstour’s ranges from $27,380 for the 2WD EX base model all the way up to $37,240 for the top-of-the-line 4WD EX-L V-6 Navi.
|Crosstour 2WD EX||$27,380|
|Crosstour 2WD EX-L||$31,065|
|Crosstour 2WD EX-L Navi||$31,065|
|Crosstour 2WD EX-L Navi||$33,165|
|Crosstour 2WD EX V-6||$31,040|
|Crosstour 2WD EX-L V-6||$33,690|
|Crosstour 2WD EX-L V-6 Navi||$35,790|
|Crosstour 4WD EX-L V-6||$35,140|
|Crosstour 4WD EX-L V-6 Navi||$37,240|
Believe it or not, the Honda Crosstour was initially thought of as a competitor for the BMW X6. Yeah, well, you know...
Once Honda smartened up and became realistic, it set its sights on a more attainable rival: the Toyota Venza. But in doing so, some of the flaws of the Crosstour was exposed when lined up against the Venza.
For one, the Venza is cheaper. It also has superior cargo capacity. Those two ’wins’ for the Venza fully encompass the identity crisis of the Crosstour. To try to even the playing field a little bit, Honda gave the 2014 Crosstour a choice of two engines that can now rival the Venza’s own pair of engine choices: a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 182 foot-pounds of torque at 4,200 rpm and a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 246 pound-feet of torque at 4,700 rpm.
Gallery Toyota Venza
If you’re looking for a unique Honda, the Crosstour is for you. The Crosstour does have some good qualities about itself, particularly the Accord-like interior. But those looking for a crossover are more inclined to put a premium on cargo space, something the Crosstour doesn’t have nearly enough of compared to some of its rivals.
- Luxurious interior
- Affordable, relatively speaking
- It’s unique, that much we’re sure of
- Inferior cargo capacity
- Not as fuel efficient
- Better options on the market
Gallery Honda Crosstour
September 25, 2013
Going on sale today with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price1 (MSRP) starting at $27,380, the 2014 Honda Crosstour offers a unique combination of crossover practicality, sedan-like drivability and premium features. The Crosstour’s impressive standard and available features include keyless Smart Entry with Push Button start, driver visibility enhancing technologies such as LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, and a more powerful, fuel-efficient Earth Dreams™ V-6 engine. With the exceptional versatility of its four-way configurable, 51.3 cubic feet of cargo area2, hidden removable utility box, and comfortable seating for five, the feature-packed 2014 Honda Crosstour is the smartest option in the premium mid-size crossover segment.
The purposeful and ruggedly styled Crosstour is available in two front-wheel-drive trim options (EX, EX-L) powered by either a four-cylinder engine with a class-leading EPA highway rating of 31 mpg3 or a powerful 278 horsepower4 V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management™. The EX-L V-6 model is also available with Real Time™ 4WD. All Crosstour models come equipped with a rearview camera with guidelines, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink™, USB/iPod® connection, fog lights, one-touch turn signals and an expanded view driver’s mirror as standard equipment. Available features include HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ compatibility, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW).
The four-cylinder two-wheel-drive EX and EX-L Crosstour models are powered by a fuel efficient 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine. The engine produces 192 horsepower and 162 lb-ft. of torque5. A technologically advanced 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control is standard equipment.
The Earth Dreams Technology™ 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine is available on the two-wheel-drive EX and EX-L and is standard on the 4-wheel drive EX-L. The engine utilizes Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to maximize efficiency, allowing the engine to run on three or six cylinders, depending on engine load and speed. Producing 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft. of torque4, the V-6 engine allows for quick acceleration, passing and grade climbing. The Crosstour V-6’s 6-speed automatic transmission includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The Crosstour’s unique style blends crossover purpose and ruggedness with a sleek and sporty premium look. The distinctive bodywork conceals an accommodating rear cargo area with a large tailgate opening and low lift-in height. Standard exterior features on Crosstour EX include chrome door handles, 17-inch alloy wheels and P225/65R-17 all-season tires. Additional exterior features on the Crosstour EX include auto-on/off projector-beam headlights, a one-touch power moonroof with tilt, body-colored folding power side mirrors with defrost, auto-up/down driver’s and front passenger’s windows, and rear privacy glass. The top-of-the-line Crosstour EX-L V-6 model adds 18-inch alloy wheels with P225/60R-18 all-season tires.
The Crosstour’s inspired handling is thanks to its rigid body structure using more than 50-percent high-strength steel, and its four-wheel independent suspension—with a double-wishbone front and independent multi-link rear, front and rear stabilizer bars, and a front strut tower bar for added rigidity. All Crosstour models include power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes. For true utility-vehicle capability, the Crosstour provides 6.2 inches of maximum ground clearance in addition to the available Real Time™ 4WD system.
Premium interior styling, appointments and details extend throughout the Crosstour’s versatile passenger compartment. Inside the Crosstour EX are automatic air conditioning with an air-filtration system (dual-zone automatic climate control on EX-L V-6 models), a 360-watt AM/FM 6-disc CD audio system with seven speakers, Bluetooth™ HandsFreeLink®, a USB audio interface, steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and phone controls, an auto day/night dimming rearview mirror, an easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seatback, a hidden removable utility box, reversible floor panels and more.
Crosstour EX-L models add leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats, memory driver’s seat and memory side mirrors with reverse tilting capability, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, Kevlar® cone audio speakers, front aluminum dome-type tweeter speakers, HondaLink™ with Aha™ compatibility, Pandora® compatibility, XM® Radio, compass and outside temperature indicator (also included on EX V-6), and more. The EX-L V-6 model also adds a HomeLink™ transmitter.
The Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System6 is available on Crosstour EX-L models. All EX-L and above Crosstour models feature an upgraded multi-view rearview camera with guidance lines integrated into the display. Real Time™ 4WD is available on the Crosstour EX-L V-6.
Safety and Driver Assistive Technology
Crosstour safety technology includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Additional safety equipment on the Crosstour includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, and active front seat head restraints.
Standard on Crosstour EX-L models are Honda’s Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems. FCW can alert the driver when a potential collision with another vehicle ahead is detected, and LDW can alert the driver when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use.
Technologies and design features that enhance the driver’s outward visibility and situational awareness, offered as standard equipment on all 2014 Crosstour models, include reshaped rear headrests, a standard rearview camera, and a new Expanded View Driver’s Mirror. All models except for four-cylinder EX also feature the Honda-exclusive LaneWatch™ blind spot camera.
The Crosstour is produced7 at the Honda of America Mfg., Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in East Liberty, Ohio.
The 2014 Honda Crosstour is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty.