Honda has pulled the sheet on the redesigned Crosstour here in LA, showing a car that is more refined, perhaps, than the outgoing model, but still not exactly what we'd call "a looker."

The usual suspects have been addressed in this refresh: the Crosstour's front fascia, fenders and side skirts have all been tweaked. The 2013 Crosstour will be available with both a 2.4-liter, 192-horsepower four-cylinder engine, and a more powerful, 278-hp 3.5L V6. Both engines are from Honda's new Earth Dreams family of powerplants and deliver better fuel economy – 22/31 city/highway miles per gallon for the four-banger – than last year's offerings.

Whether or not you care for the Crosstour's new mug (take a look at it on Honda's LA show stand in our attached gallery) you have to give it up to the company for making it easier than ever to buy, thanks to a lower MSRP. The Crosstour now starts at $27,230, which is $525 less than last year's model. Scroll down for a press release.
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2013 Honda Crosstour Now Offers Class-Leading Fuel Efficiency, More V-6 Power, Refined Styling, Enhanced Visibility and New Lower Base Price

Extensive updates, lower MSRP and improved fuel economy provide premium crossover with added value


The 2013 Honda Crosstour goes on sale November 20, 2012, with pricing beginning at $27,230 – a starting MSRP $525 lower than in 2012. Receiving extensive updates, the 2013 Honda Crosstour introduces more purposeful exterior styling, significant upgrades to the interior design and materials, and a more powerful, fuel-efficient Earth Dreams™ V-6 engine coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. The rugged new styling, teamed with class-leading fuel-efficiency and a lower MSRP on the base four-cylinder model make the 2013 Honda Crosstour the smartest choice in a premium mid-size crossover.

Standard equipment on all Crosstour models includes a rearview camera with guidelines, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink™, USB/iPod® connection, fog lights, one-touch turn signals and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror. The front-wheel-drive Crosstour offers two trim levels (EX, EX-L) available with four-cylinder or V-6 powertrains, with Real Time™ 4WD available on the EX-L V-6 model. Rich new exterior colors for 2013 include Kona Coffee Metallic and Mountain Air Metallic.

The 2013 Crosstour is one of the first Honda models available with the new keyless Smart Entry with Push Button start. The 2013 Crosstour also features Honda's LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, which uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror to provide an enhanced rearward view of the passenger-side roadway. Other standard visibility-enhancing features include the rearview camera and new re-shaped rear headrests.

The 2013 Honda Crosstour also receives enhancements on the safety front including available Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Other safety upgrades to the 2013 Crosstour are designed to help it earn top IIHS roof-crush safety scores, as well as a 5-Star NCAP rating.

Summary of Changes

-More rugged and premium exterior styling

-Upgraded interior design and materials

-More powerful available Earth Dreams™ 3.5-liter V-6 engine

-Class-leading EPA-estimated fuel economy – up to an estimated 31 mpg2 highway

-Standard visibility enhancements including rearview camera, re-shaped rear headrests and Expanded View Driver's Mirror

-Available 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters (V-6)

-Available Honda LaneWatch™ blind-spot display

-Available HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ compatibility

-Available Smart Entry with Push Button start

-Available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

-New Kona Coffee Metallic and Mountain Air Metallic exterior colors


The two different four-cylinder Crosstour models, the 2-wheel-drive EX and EX-L, are powered by a 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine. The four-cylinder models significantly broaden the Crosstour's appeal through a lower price point and EPA-estimated fuel economy rating1 of 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. The 4-cylinder engine produces 192 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 162 lb-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. A technologically advanced 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control is standard equipment.

The new available Earth Dreams™ 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine utilizes Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to maximize efficiency, allowing the engine to run on 3 or 6 cylinders, depending on engine load and speed. For 2013, power output climbs to 278 horsepower at 6200 rpm, a 7-hp gain over the 2012 Crosstour V-6. Peak torque output is now 252 lb-ft. at 4900 rpm with a much wider torque spread. The net result is a more responsive engine across the rev range that drivers use every day, combined with better peak power for quick acceleration, passing, and climbing grades. The Crosstour V-6's new 6-speed automatic transmission also includes new steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Fuel efficiency for the V-6 is also significantly improved, with it now achieving an EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating1 of 20/29/23 mpg on Crosstour 2WD models and 18/28/22 mpg1 for the Crosstour EX-L with Real Time™ 4WD. Compared to the 2WD 2012 Crosstour V-6, this represents a 2 mpg improvement in city/highway/combined fuel economy.


Since its debut as a 2010 model, the Honda Crosstour has created its own unique crossover SUV identity with a distinctively sleek, sporty and fuel-efficient style. This continues for 2013 with a newly refreshed exterior that provides a more rugged, active, and premium look, while still concealing an accommodating rear cargo area with a large tailgate. An under-floor storage area in the rear of the vehicle adds even more functionality, while reversible floor panels accommodate messy cargo.

Standard exterior features on Crosstour EX include chrome door handles, 17-inch alloy wheels and P225/65R-17 all-season tires. Additional exterior features on the Crosstour EX include auto-on/off projector-beam headlights, a one-touch power moonroof with tilt, body-colored folding power side mirrors with defrost, auto-up/down driver's and front passenger's windows, and rear privacy glass. The top-of-the-line Crosstour EX-L V-6 model adds 18-inch alloy wheels with P225/60R-18 all-season tires.


The Crosstour has inspired handling, thanks to its double-wishbone front and independent multi-link rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, and front strut tower bar. All Crosstour models include power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes. For true utility-vehicle capability, the Crosstour provides 6.2 inches of maximum ground clearance in addition to the available Real Time™ 4WD system.


Premium interior styling, appointments and details extend throughout the Crosstour's versatile passenger compartment, which is further improved for 2013 with upgraded interior design and materials. Inside the Crosstour EX are automatic air conditioning with an air-filtration system (dual-zone automatic climate control on EX-L V-6), a 360-watt AM/FM 6-disc audio system with seven speakers, Bluetooth™ HandsFreeLink®, a USB audio interface, steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and phone controls, an auto day/night dimming rearview mirror, an easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seatback, a hidden removable utility box and more.

Crosstour EX-L models add leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats, memory driver's seat and memory side mirrors with reverse tilting capability, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, Kevlar® cone audio speakers, front aluminum dome-type tweeter speakers, HondaLink™ with Aha™ compatibility, Pandora® Internet radio compatibility, XM® Radio, compass and outside temperature indicator (also included on EX V-6), and more. The EX-L V-6 model also adds a HomeLink™ transmitter.

The Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System2 is available on Crosstour EX-L models, and all EX-L and above Crosstour models feature an upgraded multi-view rearview camera with guidance lines integrated into the display. Real Time™ 4WD is available on the Crosstour EX-L V-6.


Crosstour 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.

Standard on Crosstour EX-L models is Honda's new Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems. FCW can alert the driver when a potential collision with another vehicle ahead is detected, where LDW can alert the driver when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use.

A series of visibility enhancements on the 2013 Crosstour can improve safety by increasing the driver's awareness of other vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles that are around the Crosstour. Standard on all Crosstour models, save the four-cylinder EX, is Honda's exclusive new LaneWatch blind spot camera. Other improvements on all Crosstour models include reshaped rear headrests that enhance rearward visibility, a standard rearview camera, and a new Expanded View Driver's Mirror.


The Crosstour is produced3 at the Honda of America Mfg., Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in East Liberty, Ohio. At its introduction, the Crosstour was named one of the "Top 10 Family Cars" by Kelley Blue Book's Consumer Guide then added "Recommended Buy" honors to the Crosstour.


The 2013 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.

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1 Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

2 Certain functions that rely on a satellite signal will not work correctly in Hawaii and Alaska. These functions include but are not limited to automatic clock updates and time zone adjustments.

3 Honda products are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.Third-party trademark: The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say that I don't mind the way this looks at all. The MPG it offers is not bad either for something that large, plus they are very comfortable and I like the AWD option. I hope it does well for them.
      Leather Bear
      • 2 Years Ago
      A friend replaced his old Civic Hybrid with a '12 Crosstour V6 several months ago. He wanted to stay in the Honda family but needed something with more room. He looked briefly at an Insight (too small in the back seat) and was leaning toward a CR-V when the sales critter showed him the Crosstour. The full-boat Crosstour was discounted so heavily that it was virtually the same price as the CR-V he was considering, and the deal was too good to pass up. Fast forward to today, and the MPG is so-so (he knew that going in) and the exterior design remains as goofy as ever, but he loves it otherwise. Can't say I wouldn't do the same thing in the similar circumstances.
      Nanda Holz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Con't.... We plodded out 6 hours on this dirt road in my grandpa's F350 Ford crew cab out side of Kamloops, eating lunch and fishing at this idilic lake (email for pix) at a junction in the back country, with maybe one beat up truck or reservation owned rusted out Pontiac passing by every hour. I hear something and look to my left, and it was like rally driver Sebastian Loeb was on vacation out testing a Crosstour and late for a photo shoot with the Swedish Bikini team on his way to Lake Louise near Banff..and I see a gloss black Crosstour coming railing around the long sweeper at 60mph+, fully crossed up (pun intended) with a huge 4wd roaster tail spitting rocks at the Bambi's and Thumpers running around in those Subaru commercials. I barely knew what that wagony-thingy was...but this particular driver sure knew what it was. Now, I know what that heck this person must have been feeling like...grinning ear to ear, then just lift off the gas and square it up as you roll into town...and pretend you are a loping grandma on a milk run, to then look down and see you've creamed your Honda does not make all its cars to fit into nice little me-to categories, and look at your functional and gorgeous spouse and then this Crosstour thingy, and you might realize, like I have recently's everything I have been looking for in a car...I The only problem is the Crosstour's sexy cousin, the Acura ZDX is whispering sweet nothing's into my frugal be con't eh!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would anyone buy a Crosstour, especially when compared to a CR-V? Passenger volume: CR-V=104.1 ft³, Crosstour=101.4 ft³ Cargo volume: CR-V=37.2 ft³, Crosstour=25.7 ft³ EPA mileage: CR-V=23/31/26, Crosstour=22/31/25 Pricing: CR-V 2WD EX=$24,795, Crosstour 2WD EX=$27,230 Dimensions: CR-V=178.3"L x 71.6"W, Crosstour=196.6"L x 74.7"W
        • 2 Years Ago
        New color, same verdict: still ugly. And as you've aptly pointed out, compromised to the point of uselessness compared to a compact, much less a mid or full-size crossover. Honda's slogan is 'The power of dreams.' Yet the only way I can see someone dreaming this up is if they're on LSD.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Because the CRV is much noisier and doesn't ride as smooth
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the AMC brand from back in the 70's.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Crosstour is a perfect example of how not to conceive an automobile. When you try to make a car that suits everyone, it usually ends up suiting no one.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reminds me of a velcro shoe
      Steven Chang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Headlights must be larger. GD that thing is ugly. whoever approved this nonsense should be fired.
      • 2 Years Ago
      the zombe car is back .... KILL THE CROSSTOUR AND KILL IT NOW!!!!! please Honda im BEGGING you
      • 2 Years Ago
      ZDX much? Dont let the pictures fool you, this thing is a boat, with pathetic MPG figure and high price to match. A fully loaded Honda CRV would be a better choice.
      Noor Ahmed
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know how to make it easier to buy, Honda? STOP CHURNING OUT UGLY
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