Ah, the Honda Crosstour. The oddly shaped, curiously impractical crossover carries on for another model year, albeit with a slightly shortened name. That's right, for 2012, Honda has dropped the 'Accord' name from the Crosstour, meaning it will now have to stand alone in the automaker's lineup (and on the company's sales charts, natch).

Name change aside, there aren't many big updates for the 2012 model year. Base EX models now benefit from standard auto on/off headlamps, rear-view camera, Bluetooth and USB audio interface. Add a few new colors to that list, and we've wrapped up the whole list of updates for 2012. Pricing starts at $30,340 for the entry level 2WD EX, excluding $810 for destination.

The Crosstour continues to be powered by Honda's tried and true 3.5-liter V6, producing 271 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Curiously, there's still no four-cylinder option, though that may change after an updated inline-four debuts in the CR-V later this year.

Follow the jump for Honda's full press blast about the 2012 Crosstour, and remind yourself of its not-so-pretty face in our attached high-res image gallery. If we're honest, it's still a little sad that we live in a world where the Honda Element can no longer exist, but the Crosstour continues to live.
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2012 Honda Crosstour Brings Sleek Design to Functional Crossover Vehicle

More standard features for 2012 include rearview camera, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, USB audio interface and more


08/03/2011 - TORRANCE, Calif.

The 2012 Honda Crosstour® approaches the crossover SUV formula from a distinctively sleek, sporty and fuel-efficient perspective while also maximizing the interior's cargo capacity, versatility and premium feel.

The Crosstour's exterior design emphasizes a bold, aerodynamic look that also conceals an accommodating rear cargo area with a large, lift-over tailgate. Premium interior styling, appointments and details extend from the passenger compartment all the way through the cargo area. An under-floor storage area in the rear of the vehicle adds functionality, while reversible cargo floor panels accommodate dirty objects.

The Crosstour is available in two trim levels, the Crosstour EX and EX-L, with Real Time™ 4WD also available on the EX-L model. For 2012, new features on the Crosstour EX include auto on/off headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth®1 HandsFreeLink® and USB audio interface. Two new colors are also available on all Crosstour models: Twilight Blue Metallic replaces Glacier Blue Metallic, and Basque Red Pearl replaces Tango Red Pearl.

The Crosstour comes standard with a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) for power and efficiency. The engine produces 271 horsepower at 6,200 RPM and 254 lb-ft. of torque at 5,000 RPM, while achieving an EPA-rated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 18/27/21 mpg2 on 2WD models. Meanwhile the Crosstour EX-L with Real Time™ 4WD delivers an EPA-rated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 18/26/21 mpg2.

To maximize efficiency, the engine's VCM cylinder deactivation system is programmed to run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders, based on current power requirements, and a technologically advanced 5-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment. For true utility-vehicle capability, the Crosstour provides 6.2 inches of maximum ground clearance in addition to the available Real Time™ 4WD system.

Besides its new-for-2012 auto on/off headlights, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and USB audio interface, standard features on the Crosstour EX include projector-beam headlights, fog lights, 17-inch aluminum wheels with P225/65R17 all-season tires, a moonroof, body-colored power side mirrors with defrost, chrome door handles, auto up/down driver and front passenger side windows and rear privacy glass. Inside are dual-zone automatic air conditioning with second-row ventilation, a 360-watt AM/FM 6-disc audio system with seven speakers, steering wheel-integrated audio controls, a compass and outside temperature indicator, cruise control, an easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seatback, a hidden removable utility box and more.

Crosstour EX-L adds 18-inch aluminum wheels with P225/60R18 all-season tires, leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats, a memory driver-side seat and memory side mirrors with reverse tilting capability, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, Kevlar® cone audio speakers, front aluminum dome-type tweeter speakers, an auto day/night dimming rearview mirror, a HomeLink™ transmitter and a cargo privacy cover.

The Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System3 and the Real Time™ 4WD mentioned above are available together or separately on the Crosstour EX-L. The Navigation system includes a rearview camera with guidance lines integrated into the display.

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.

The Crosstour is assembled in Ohio at the Honda of America Mfg., Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Editor's Note: For 2012, the official name becomes Crosstour®, replacing Accord Crosstour (2010 and 2011 models).

Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2012 Honda Crosstour is available at www.hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com.


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      JC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey they are all over my neighborhood driven by soccer moms.
      autoplaybook
      • 3 Years Ago
      What do you want to bet Honda will still record the Crosstour as an Accord on their sales charts? Toyota includes the Matrix in the Corolla's tally, even though it's NEVER been marketed in the US as a Corolla Matrix in the decade it's been offered in the US. Without the Crosstour, the Accord slips from the #2-selling midsize sedan YTD (155,454) to #4 (143,936), behind the Altima (153,182) and Fusion (151,004), and just a hair's breadth above the #5 Malibu (142,312).
        • 3 Years Ago
        @autoplaybook
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        @autoplaybook
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      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's like an AMC Eagle without the personality.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda Aztek. Honda used to be awesome. Now they just make fail after fail after blandmobile.
      Felix
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is hideous. From a styling perspective, I would happily take the Toyota Venza over this.
      Frank
      • 3 Years Ago
      And some folks thought the rendered Chrysler 200 wagon looked bad. I would rather drive that than this. And what's with the 5 speed auto? Do Accords have 5 speed autos?
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frank
        Go drive the 200, then drive the Crosstour. I've driven both, and I'll take the Crosstour each and every single time. The 200 is a huge improvement over the Sebring, but I found all it really does well is go fast in a straight line (Pentastar equipped).
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          I agree with you about the 200, but I was reffering to the imagined wagon, not the sedan.
        Hi There Paul
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frank
        Accords still have a 5 speed auto, as does every other Honda. The Honda even still has the old intrusive style of trunk hinges, rather than the newer torsion rod type. There are rumors that the new CRV will have a six speed.
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hi There Paul
          Paul, The older Accords did have the non intrusive trunk hinges (1994-19?? generation), something Chrysler copied in their new 1995 Chrysler Cirrus/Dodge Stratus (aka "cloud cars").
        Hi There Paul
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frank
        Accords still have a 5 speed auto, as does every other Honda. The Honda even still has the old intrusive style of trunk hinges, rather than the newer torsion rod type. There are rumors that the new CRV will have a six speed.
      Tone
      • 3 Years Ago
      You mean, they're not burning it with fire for 2012? Baddies...
      MechE
      • 3 Years Ago
      I share other people's thoughts on this car, however there have been about 10 occasions where I was talking to someone face to face and they disagreed when I remarked how ugly this car is. It seems non-autoblog readers actually like this thing and I can't help.but notice that I see many on the road.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MechE
        Yeah, I find that odd as well but I completely agree. I see Crosstours all the time in the Northern VA area....
        illnever tell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MechE
        Haha, I had a conversation with a friend a while back and made the claim that anything autoblog commenters say is ugly and will horribly fail, is compared to an Aztek, and should be burned at the stake, will invariably sell. Manufactures make note.
        autoplaybook
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MechE
        Not many. Only 11,500 have been sold so far this year. Pretty paltry.
          illnever tell
          • 3 Years Ago
          @autoplaybook
          Maybe that was their sales target. I mean, I'm kidding but who knows, they could be in the green already. This thing is not exactly budget priced. I they make $3,000 on every car, you're already talking over $34 milliion before fixed costs.
      BC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is the Audi A4 Avant also "curiously impractical"? Because it has the same cargo volume with the seats down, considerably less with the seats up, and a lot less power to haul itself and cargo around, although it does get a few more mpg.
        Sugaki
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BC
        You can't be serious. They're not even remotely similar cars. The A4 Avant is more than a foot and a half shorter, yet has the same cargo volume as the Audi--that *does* show how impractical the Crosstour is.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sugaki
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      Jarda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it possible that this thing is uglier and uglier every time I see it?
      zrosum
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's too bad Honda didn't go with a traditional wagon shape in the rear. They could have a legitimate Outback fighter.
      DCI Gene Shunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      My dealership is still fresh out of Fits and yet still has plenty of Crosstours in stock. The market hath spoken.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DCI Gene Shunt
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