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Honda Crosstour

A little weird, a lot versatile.

Honda’s Crosstour crossover might be a bit unloved — most crossover fans prefer the CR-V, and full-on wagon fans with enough scratch go for the Acura TSX sport wagon — but help is on the way in the form of the Crosstour Concept that signals a refreshed model coming soon. In the meantime, the Crosstour (formerly the Accord Crosstour) shares both of its namesake’s engines: a 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder making 192 hp (front-wheel drive) and a 3.5-liter V-6 (FWD or all-wheel drive). As such, the Crosstour is like a high-riding Accord, with solid handling, reasonably good grunt, and decent fuel economy. Gas mileage is decent in in-line four-cylinder models and still fairly good in V-6 models, thanks to Variable Cylinder Management. The Crosstour’s unique styling — a sort of cross between a station wagon and an SUV — does create some ergonomic problems. Rear-seat headroom is sparse, and the cabin of the Crosstour is no more roomy than that of the Accord sedan, although there is a fairly significant amount of extra cargo capacity. The Crosstour strikes a good balance between design and versatility and represents a convenient option for car buyers torn between the mass of an SUV and the economy of a sedan.

COMPETITORS

Acura TSX

Subaru Outback

Toyota Venza

Volvo XC70

new for 2013

The Crosstour is unchanged for 2013, but a refreshed model is on the way.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are traction and stability control, ABS, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

MPG

CITY 18–21

HWY 26–29

PRO

Decent fuel economy

Available four-wheel drive

Room for cargo

CON

Unusual styling

Lack of rear headroom

Base Price Range: $28,900–$37,700 (est.)

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Front-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: EX, EX-L

BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger

ENGINES: 2.4L I-4, 192 hp, 162 lb-ft

3.5L V-6, 271 hp, 254 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 5-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 100.8–101.4 cu ft

CARGO SPACE: (rear seats up/down) 25.7/51.3 cu ft

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