2013 Honda Crosstour Overview
Outfitted with some of the latest safety technology and extra cargo room, the 2013 Honda Crosstour is a beefier midsize sedan alternative.
Originally called the Accord Crosstour when it debuted in 2012, the 2013 Crosstour ditched the Accord name but still shares plenty of DNA with its midsize cousin. We will mainly focus on the differences however, starting with that large rear end. The Crosstour looks similar to the Accord, especially up front, until you get rearwards, where instead of dropping off like a sedan the Crosstour’s rear glass just keeps going back and back to form a large liftgate instead of a trunk. This gives the Crosstour an appearance that’s a weird mix of sedan and SUV, without the elevated ride. It competes in a new segment of car with vehicles like the Toyota Venza and Subaru Outback.
The Crosstour’s shape pays dividends when it comes to cargo room with 25.7 cubic feet versus 15.8 on the Accord, a two-thirds increase. That’s plenty of extra room for luggage, golf clubs, eggplants, or whatever else you need to lug around. The 60/40-split folding rear seat also collapses and opens up a cavernous 51.3 cubic feet of cargo room.
Under the hood, there are two engine options: the base engine is a 192-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The optional 3.5-liter V-6 adds a few extra horses for 2013, coming in at 278-horsepower. It is mated to a six-speed automatic and also incorporates fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional with the V-6.
Thanks to those tricks, the Crosstour’s V-6 is actually very comparable to the four-cylinder when it comes to fuel economy. The four-cylinder returns 22/31 mpg city/highway, compared to 20/30 mpg for the V-6 (opting for AWD drops those figures to 19/28 respectively).
Inside, the Crosstour seats five and comes with many standard options, including USB/iPod port, Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel audio controls, and air conditioning. Also available are an i-MID display with an 8-inch screen, navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and satellite radio.
The 2013 Crosstour adds a standard backup camera for 2013, as well as some of the new safety technology that debuted on the new Accord including the LaneWatch system which uses a camera beneath the passenger mirror to display the adjacent two lanes of traffic when the right signal is activated. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system, active front-seat head restraints, and six airbags.