Back when Honda launched the Crosstour in 2010, it fielded questions from the media asking why it chose to forego a four-cylinder model. At the time, officials indicated that a four-cylinder engine would result in minimal fuel economy improvements, noting that the company's aim was to target premium-minded customers for whom the 3.5-liter V6 seemed more appropriate.

But with the fog of slow sales often comes a need to rethink strategies, and Honda has responded to sluggish demand for the Crosstour with a new four-cylinder model for 2012 with a just-announced base price of $27,655 (*plus $810 in destination charges). That's about $2,500 less than a comparable six-cylinder model.

Despite Honda's earlier assertions, the new 192-horsepower, 162 pound-feet of torque 2.4-liter model actually does receive a rather substantial bump in fuel economy performance. The new front-drive trim nets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on the highway – the V6 only manages 18/27. Both the new four-cylinder and 271-hp/254 lb-ft V6 come with a five-speed automatic as standard kit.

In equipment news, all Crosstour models will now receive standard auto-dimming mirrors, a USB hookup, Bluetooth telephony and standard backup camera, among other features.

Honda shifted 17,974 Crosstour models last year, down 37.9 percent from its 2010 total of 28,851 units. The company had targeted sales of 40,000 units annually.
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Honda Announces Pricing for New Four-cylinder 2012 Honda Crosstour
Starting at $27,655, four-cylinder model delivers great value and an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway

01/27/2012 - TORRANCE, Calif.,

Starting at $27,655, four-cylinder model delivers great value and an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway

Jan. 27, 2012 – The new four-cylinder, two-wheel-drive Honda Crosstour® is set to debut at U.S. dealers nationwide today with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) ranging from $27,655 for the well-equipped Crosstour EX to $32,805 for the luxurious Crosstour EX-L Navi, plus a destination and handling charge of $8101 per vehicle.

The four-cylinder Crosstour models join the current 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 Crosstour models already available. In addition to bringing additional value to the Crosstour line, the new four-cylinder model delivers EPA-estimated fuel economy2 that increases 3 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway compared to V6-equipped models.

"The new four-cylinder Crosstour offers sleek design, unmatched passenger comfort and ingenious functionality now with four-cylinder pricing and fuel economy," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "With four-cylinder and V6 options and a long list of standard features, Crosstour should be on every CUV buyer's shopping list."

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 System3 is available on the Crosstour EX-L.

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

With the launch of the new four-cylinder Crosstour, several 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®4HandsFreeLink® and USB audio interface.


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      Fonin
      • 2 Years Ago
      it is not always about fuel economy, sometimes you want to save money with the lesser engine. example, by going 4cy on the Sorento, we saved $1500 or more over the cost of the v6. both will net us about the same MPGs based on our driving habits and routes. we saved on the cost of the vehicle overall by not going v6. we don't tow and it wasn't about to be a racecar so... savings was before the pump.
      leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      it's not the engine holding sales back dumb-asssssssssssssss. it the ugliness of it's design holding it back while a few grand off for the 4 cyl might persuade some people, i still think it will sink like a rock
      axiomatik
      • 2 Years Ago
      hmm, my CX-7 gets similar mileage, comes with bluetooth and a backup camera, looks much better (to my eyes), and stickered for about $3000 less. I don't see any value in the Crosstour.
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      finzenchrome
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great! More "ugly" per gallon.
      Quen47
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ooooh a five speed automatic! Not bad- for 2002.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Quen47
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          Quen47
          • 2 Years Ago
          Well... I agree. The GC should have more gears too, although when you are talking about a big torquey V8 it's not as big a deal as with a small 4-cylinder.
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          guyverfanboy
          • 2 Years Ago
          Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 Length: 189.8 Width: 76.5 Weight: 4470 Honda Crosstour Length: 196.8 Width: 74.7 Weight: 3852 The Grand Cherokee weighs a whopping 618 lbs more. That's a HUGE difference!
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          Sabyrne88
          • 2 Years Ago
          The Grand Cherokee also has 19 more horsepower, a bit more torque, is faster to 60, weighs 800 pounds more and can trailer 5,000 lbs (compared to 1,500 lbs for the crosstour). Not to mention it has more room in every category except front leg room (including luggage volume, passenger volume and even the fuel tank). You can google these things you know, not kidding you... http://autos.aol.com/cars-compare?cur_page=details&v1=USC20JES052B0&v2=USC20HOS062A0&v3=&v4=&v5=
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Quen47
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          action3500
          • 2 Years Ago
          Not that Cross-tour is a sports car, but Honda uses same 5-speed slush box in Accord Coupe V6 and the thing is tuned for maximum efficiency. You end up having a nice-looking coupe with tenancies of family mover. Sure it's reliable, but extra cog would make it a bit more fun and still have decent efficiency.
          Quen47
          • 2 Years Ago
          No, it its absolutely reasonable to take Honda to task for only having 5 speeds because it is a symptom of something bigger. I am actually a car geek, which means I remember when Honda was a metaphor for "innovation" as opposed to "proven technology" (the same phrase old GM used to justify selling their ancient Buick pushrod V6 into the 2000's). The fact is that honda could get better mileage and performance out of a new transmission, but they won't bother because suddenly it's good enough to be almost as good as the competition and coast on their reputation. Your point about your Sonata is illustrative- 10 years ago the thought that Hyundai would even be in the same ballpark as Honda was ludicrous. All credit to Hyundai for what they have accomplished, but the complacency that Honda (and Toyota) are going through that have allowed everyone else to catch up to them are reminiscent of the American big three in the 70's and 80's.
      Get Squirly
      • 2 Years Ago
      KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!
      Papi L-Gee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somewhere, fat-kid is passed out in ecstasy. The rest of us are shaking our heads in disbelief, wondering how come Honda still doesn't get it.
      flcerberus
      • 2 Years Ago
      So they kill off the really useful and cool Element to bring this White Whale of hideousness out instead? Honda definitely has lost it's soul!
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flcerberus
        EXACTLY!!! Everyone I know that owns an Element absolutely loves it, me included. There is simply nothing on the market that had the same combo of utility, space efficiency, reliability, drivability and economy. IDIOTS!... The way Hondas are built and the way I maintain my cars means I will have mine forever, regardless of other cars I buy.
        AP1_S2K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flcerberus
        I asked an industry type of why Honda is eff'n up, and he said Honda put a douchebag that isn't even into cars/honda due to his seniority at the company vs. putting a person who cares into the position. Sounds so typical of the Japanese.
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really Honda, you think the reason for this thing's poor sales is the lack of a four cylinder engine? You can add the price and the styling to that list too.
      untitledfolder
      • 2 Years Ago
      I never understand how designs like these make it through the various layers of management and creative talent at a company. Did no one stop and say, "Wow. This looks horrible. Perhaps we should stop?" Not often can I not find one single appealing thing about a vehicle. From rear to front the whole thing looks like a turd.
        Frank
        • 2 Years Ago
        @untitledfolder
        The profile pic seems reminiscent of an old AMC from the late 70's (Hornet or Spirit) and I don't mean that in a good way.
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      UGH-GLEE! Someone needs to be fired for this "beautiful" design.
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