What differentiates the Crosstour from its sedan progenitor is its focus on cargo hauling. The Crosstour boasts a useful 25.7 cubic feet with the rear seats up and a truly roomy 51.3 cubic feet when they are folded. It also features an 8 inch deep under-floor Hidden Removable Utility Box with a reversible lid.
The new base engine for the Crosstour is a 2.4-liter 4 cylinder with 192 hp at 7,000 RPM and 162 lb-ft. of torque at 4,400 RPM. Fuel economy is rated at 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the hwy for this engine.
Power for the Crosstour is provided by Honda’s 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine, which generates 271 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 254 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. Fuel economy takes a minor hit compared with the 4 cylinder, dropping to 18 mpg in city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Both engines make use of a 5 speed auto transmission that is down a cog compared with the gearboxes of many competitors.
Other than the name change, the latest model year also saw a few other changes, such as include auto on/off headlights, a rear view camera, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and USB audio interface for the Crosstour EX.
The Crosstour is offered in EX and EX-L trim levels with unique levels of equipment depending on engine. Only the EX-L can be spec’d with the optional AWD system.
The EX model comes standard with projector-beam headlights, moon roof, body-colored power side mirrors with defrost, auto-up/down driver and front passenger side windows and rear privacy glass. Inside, features include air conditioning with second-row ventilation, a 360-watt AM/FM 6-disc audio system with 7 speakers, steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and phone controls, an easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seat back, a hidden removable utility box and more.
The 4 cylinder 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 rear view mirror, a premium audio system with Kevlar cone speakers and front aluminum dome-type tweeter speakers, XM Radio and more.
Highlights of standard features on the Crosstour EX V6 include: dual-zone auto air conditioning with 2nd row ventilation, 360-Watt AM/FM 6-disc audio system with 7 speakers, easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seat back, 17-inch aluminum wheels with 225/65 R17 all-season tires, hidden removable utility box, cruise control, moon roof, auto up/down driver and front passenger side windows, rear privacy glass, steering wheel-integrated audio controls, compass and outside temperature indicator, projector beam headlights with auto-off, fog lights, chrome door handles, body-colored power side mirrors with defrost, and more.
The Crosstour EX-L V6 adds or upgrades: leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats, leather steering wheel, leather gear shift knob, auto day/night dimming rear view mirror, 18-inch aluminum wheels with 225/60 R18 all-season tires, auto on/off headlights, memory driver-side seats, memory side mirrors with reverse tilting capability, cargo privacy cover, HomeLink transmitter, Kevlar cone speakers, aluminum dome-type front tweeter speakers and a USB audio interface.
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 includes: Vehicle Stability Assist, commonly referred to as Electronic Stability Control; 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; dual-stage, multiple threshold front airbags; and active front seat head restraints.