2012 Honda Crosstour

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Pros: Optional 4WD; Stylish interior; Smooth and quiet ride

Cons: Styling is just plain odd; Compromised cargo area; No available 6-speed or higher transmissions

Overview
The Accord based Crosstour recently joined the Honda lineup in 2010 but has dropped the Accord name and gained standard features such as a rear-view camera, automatic headlights, Bluetooth® connectivity and an iPod®/USB audio interface for 2012. Another welcome addition for this year is a 192-hp 2.4L i-VTEC® engine which is less powerful than the available V6, but is also less expensive and more fuel efficient with an EPA rating of 21 city/29 highway.

At first glance you will either love it or hate it- in fact I’m still on the fence as to whether I like this vehicle because its styling is so bizarre. From what I gather, the Crosstour is geared towards shoppers who prefer a more versatile version of the popular four-door Accord, but its perplexing profile leaves me confused as to whether it’s a crossover, a wagon, or a hatchback. Simply put, it’s just one of those vehicles that are best seen in person, rather than gathering your opinions from pictures in magazines or brochures.

Its cabin is a dead ringer for the Accord and offers ample space and comfort for up to 5 passengers. The dash consists of an evenly distributed sea of buttons and the available navigation system only adds to its overabundant surplus of buttons- but it is still stylish.   A standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat expands cargo space from a meager 25.7 cu. ft. to 51.3 cu. ft. and is easy to make use of thanks to it streamlined tailgate. But that unique sloping tailgate has its drawbacks as well. It makes rear headroom a bit tight for taller passengers and when coupled with its intrusive rear strut housing, they both cut into the Crosstour’s usable cargo space. On the plus side however, there is a hidden, waterproof utility box housed beneath reversible carpeted floor panels in the cargo area that make cleaning a breeze.

Body Styles, Trim & Options
The 2012 Crosstour is available in two trim levels- Ex and EX-L. Standard features found on the EX (not already mentioned above) includes 17-inch alloy wheels, heated body-colored folding power mirrors, fog lamps, chrome exhaust tips, chrome window trim, a moonroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control (except on 4-cylinder EX), a seven-speaker sound system including a subwoofer and an in-dash six-disc CD changer. Stepping up to the EX-L model will add 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver seat memory functions, a cargo cover, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and an upgraded sound system with satellite radio. The only option available on EX-L models is a voice activated navigation system.

The Crosstour is available in both 2WD and Real Time 4-Wheel Drive® (EX-L V6 only) that engages only when front wheel slippage is detected by sending power to where there is tire grip. A 271-hp 3.5L V6 i-VTEC® engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ is available that delivers adequate acceleration and an EPA rating of 18 city/27 highway on 2WD models. Both the 4-cylnder and the V6 are mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission and the Crosstour provides the same accurate steering and predictable handling as the Accord- although you may find that its higher center of gravity and beefier curb weight gives it less of a sporty feel.

Safety:
Every 2012 Crosstour comes with a full array of standard safety features including Vehicle Stability Assist, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system and driver and front passenger active head restraints. Other standard features include front air bags, front side air bags with passenger detection, side curtain air bags with a rollover sensor and an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure that helps distribute frontal crash energy over a wider area to reduce forces transferred to the passenger cabin in the event of a frontal crash.

Warranty Information:
Every new Honda Crosstour is covered by a 3 year/36,000 mile New Vehicle Limited warranty; 5 year/60,000 mile Limited Powertrain warranty; Accessory Limited Warranty for 3 years/36,000 miles; Replacement Parts warranty for 1 year; a 5 year/Unlimited mile Limited Corrosion warranty; and a 15 year/150,000 mile emissions warranty.

MSRP:

Trim MSRP
EX $27,655.00
EX V6 $30,340.00
EX-L $30,705.00
EX-L with Honda Satellite Linked Nav. $32,805.00
EX-L V6 $32,990.00
EX-L V6 with Honda Satellite Linked Nav. $35,090.00

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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