- Midsize “hatchback”
- Four-cylinder or V-6 power
- More standard features than Accord
The 2014 Honda Crosstour, dubbed a midsize hatchback, offers extra cargo room and added features compared to midsize sedans.
Originally called the Accord Crosstour when it debuted in 2012, the Crosstour has since ditched the Accord name but still shares plenty of DNA with its midsize cousin. Up front, the two look similar but when you start looking back the differences become apparent. Instead of dropping off like a sedan the Crosstour’s rear glass just keeps going back and back to form a large hatchback instead of a standard car 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 vehicles alongside the Toyota Venza and Subaru Outback.
The Crosstour’s shape pays dividends when it comes to cargo room, offering 25.7 cubic feet versus 15.8 on the Accord, an increase of over 60-percent. 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-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The optional 278-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 adds extra coming in at power and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The V-6 also incorporates fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology which improves efficiency. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional on EX-L V-6 models.
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 Crosstour offers a standard backup camera, 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.