Ever since the launch of the, uh, polarizing Honda Crosstour, the rumormill has been buzzing with word that Honda might someday add a four-cylinder engine to the lineup. Makes sense, since the Accord on which it's based offers a four-pot, and the CUV's key competitor, the Toyota Venza, also offers a more efficient four-cylinder powertrain.

The 2012 Crosstour – remember, it no longer wears the Accord name – will now be offered with a 2.4-liter inline-four in its EX and EX-L trims. Rated at 192 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, the front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder Crosstour is good for up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway (21 mpg in the city), and is mated exclusively to a five-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the top-trim EX-L V6 model, none of the four-cylinder Crosstours will be available with all-wheel drive. What's more, four-cylinder models will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels, whereas six-cylinder Crosstours can be had with 18-inch rollers.

New powertrain aside, the Crosstour remains largely unchanged for 2012. A couple of new paint colors are available, and formerly optional equipment like Bluetooth, auto headlights, a backup camera and an automatic dimming rearview mirror are now standard. Hit the jump for the full details in Honda's press release.
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New Four-cylinder 2012 Honda Crosstour EX and EX-L Combine Affordability, Fuel Efficiency and a Sleek Crossover Design

The four-cylinder model delivers an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway

12/21/2011 - TORRANCE, Calif.

Two new four-cylinder, two-wheel-drive Honda Crosstour® models are set to go on sale next month, broadening the vehicle's appeal through a lower price point and EPA-estimated fuel economy that increases 3 mpg1 in the city and 2 mpg1 on the highway.

Equipped with a 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline four-cylinder engine producing 192 horsepower, the newest Crosstour is available in two trim levels, including the Crosstour EX and leather-upholstered Crosstour EX-L. A Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System2 is available on the Crosstour EX-L.

EPA-estimated fuel economy on the four-cylinder Crosstour is 21 mpg1 city and 29 mpg1 highway, a significant increase from the 271-horsepower 2WD V6 model's EPA estimated 18 mpg1 city and 27 mpg1 highway.

With the launch of the new four-cylinder Crosstour models, some useful features are now standard across the entire Crosstour family, which first debuted for the 2010 model year with V6 power. Standard features now include an automatic dimming rearview mirror, a rearview mirror back-up camera display for improved rear visibility (non-Navigation models), convenient auto-on/off headlights, Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink® and USB audio interface.

Bold Exterior and Functional Interior

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 exterior design emphasizes a bold, aerodynamic look that also conceals an accommodating rear cargo area. The four-cylinder model includes body-color door handles and unique 17-inch alloy wheels with P225/65 R17 all-season tires. Two new colors are available on all 2012 Crosstour models: Twilight Blue Metallic replaces Glacier Blue Metallic, and Basque Red Pearl II replaces Tango Red Pearl.

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.

Efficient Four-cylinder Powertrain

The new four-cylinder Crosstour models come with a 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine for power and efficiency. The engine produces 192 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 162 lb-ft. of torque at 4,400 RPM, while achieving an EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 21/29/24 mpg1. To maximize efficiency, a technologically advanced 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control is standard equipment.

Comprehensive Feature List

In addition to auto-on/off headlights, Bluetooth3 HandsFreeLink®, USB audio interface and rearview mirror back-up camera display with integrated guidelines, additional standard features on the new four-cylinder Crosstour EX include projector-beam headlights, a moonroof, body-colored power side mirrors with defrost, auto-up/down driver and front passenger side windows, and rear privacy glass. Inside are air conditioning with second-row ventilation, a 360-watt AM/FM 6-disc audio system with seven speakers, steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and phone controls, an easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seatback, a hidden removable utility box and more.

Crosstour EX-L adds leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats, a memory driver-side seat and memory-linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down capability, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, a premium audio system with Kevlar® cone speakers and front aluminum dome-type tweeter speakers, XM® Radio and more. Also available on the Crosstour EX-L is the Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System2 which includes a rearview camera with guidelines integrated into the display.

Safety Assets

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.

Warranty

The 2012 Honda Crosstour is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty.

Additional media information including detailed 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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      Tom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why Honda will only put bun warmers on their leather seat trims is just ridiculous.
      Email
      • 3 Years Ago
      Strangely, I like the hatchback Accord. The front IS a mess, and it is heavy, but it's a nice riding and driving car. Co-worker has one and i'm actually impressed with how well it rides
      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Up until now, I've been disappointed with the Crosstour. To my mind, it wasn't weak or slow enough. This should make it much more attractive.
      DMCenvy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why wont this car die already?
      Radioactive Flea
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great. Now instead of buying an overpriced ugly car, I have the option of buying a slow overpriced ugly car. What will I do?
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder why this wasn't on the list of top 50 worst cars of all time?
        Rob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        Crosstour, Acura ZDX, BMW 5 GT and BMW X6 are the most hideous looking SUV/CUV in production. If I had to pick the worst of this ugly lot my vote goes for the Acura ZDX. Sales are plummeting on this car and I doubt a cheaper fwd 4 cyl model is going to help it .
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rob
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        over9000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        because it's SELLING. There are a bunch where I live in.
      Don
      • 3 Years Ago
      the 2013 refreshed Crosstour with much better aerodynamics and 6 speed auto should be able to get up to 24 city, 32 highway
      BB79826
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still can not get over how hideous this thing is. What a horrible, horrible idea this car was. Maybe they'll just sell the damned wagon next generation. Well, I can dream, at least.
      Josh
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, Honda killed the Element because of low sales, kept the Ridgeline because of slow sales and keeps the Crosstour because it has slow sales? All those I just listed sell UNDER 20k a YEAR. Boggles the mind, just boggles it.
        Don
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Josh
        They already have CR-V so no need for Element. Ridgeline and Crosstour are musts for Honda as they fulfill very important roles in the lineup.
          plarson79
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Don
          I completely disagree. The Ridgeline is not a true pick-up, and buyers know that. The Crosstour is not a full sized crossover, either, It's a bloated Accord and the rear storage capacity is laughable. A Venza, Murano or Edge are much more useful.
          Don
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Don
          @parson79 who says Ridgeline is a pick-up?
          DC
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Don
          @Don Honda direct quote "On Wednesday, Honda’s manager of truck product planning Sage Marie wrote, “I would like to lay to rest any rumors about the future of the Honda Ridgeline. In no uncertain terms, the reports in the media that we have plans to discontinue the Ridgeline pick-up truck are false.” That's who.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Josh
        [blocked]
      Don
      • 3 Years Ago
      21 city is quite good. Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot get 18 city
        Don
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Don
        with 6 speed it can get 22 or 23 city, better than Chrysler 200
          ravenosa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Don
          You getting paid by the thumbs down or something?
      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do AB people hate 5dr fastbacks? I tested this car when new,was a little shy on agility. Wish GM would do a malibu size in this style .. On my 3rd gm 2.4, wouldn't have anything else
        roadkill
        • 3 Years Ago
        @diffrunt
        Seriously, have you ever driven a decent car? People don't hate all 5 door hatches, but this may be the worst one, but it is close between it, the Malibu max and the old Pontiac Aztec!
      Jared
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Crosstour makes me happy. It's why I sell so many Outbacks
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