The 2013 Honda Crosstour earns an average Total Car Score for the Midsize SUVs & Crossovers segment.
Unveiled in concept form at the New York Auto Show, the latest version of Honda’s controversial Accord-based crossover gets new sheetmetal for 2013 that, in Honda’s words, is a “more capable, SUV-like styling direction” than the outgoing model. That’s a good thing, as the previous Crosstour was widely panned for its neither-car-nor-SUV design.
Honda is re-engineering the Crosstour’s V6 engine and its six-speed automatic transmission to deliver more power and better fuel efficiency, though as of this writing the company’s not ready to reveal any stats. The 192-horsepower four-cylinder engine, introduced late last year as a new option, carries over.
Honda is touting the 2013’s Crosstour’s emphasis on safety: A rearview camera is now standard equipment, and the Crosstour can be equipped with lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems, as well as a camera in the passenger-side rearview mirror that monitors the vehicle’s blind spot.
The 2013 Honda Crosstour will be essentially all new for the model year, so we expect few changes in the next couple of years.
The 2013 Honda Crossover is a four-door five-passenger crossover vehicle with a choice of two engines and two trim levels.
Powertrain choices include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 192 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a five-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. A re-engineered 3.5-liter V6 engine is also available; as of this writing Honda was finalizing its output and fuel economy figures but expects the engine to be more powerful and more efficient than the previous V6. It’s joined with a six-speed automatic to drive the front wheels or Honda’s optional AWD system.
As with previous versions, the new Crosstour will be available in EX and EX-L models. Details of trim level equipment have not yet been announced, but Honda has said the new Crosstour will be equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a USB audio interface and a rearview camera as standard equipment.
New safety features available for the Crosstour include blind-spot display in the passenger-side rearview mirror, lane-departure warning and forward collision warning. Other optional equipment includes a navigation system, Pandora internet radio, satellite radio and a text-to-speech function.
The EPA has not yet released fuel economy data for the 2013 Honda Crosstour.
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