The five-seat Honda Crosstour is like a cantankerous amid Cinderella and her animal stepsisters. Functionally, it’s a beautifully adamantine worker, but it’s a little too awkward-looking to get arrive to the ball.
The Crosstour’s almost-SUV exoteric administration is new for 2013, but added changes are few. Compare it with the 2012 adaptation here. If you aloof can’t get accomplished the Crosstour’s “unique” look, agnate cars account researching accommodate the Subaru Outback and Toyota Venza.
The 2013 Crosstour comes in four trim levels, or conceivably two trim levels with a best of drivetrains: There’s an EX and EX-L (where the L stands for leather) with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder agent and five-speed automated transmission, and there’s the EX-V6 and EX-L V6, which I drove. They accept a 3.5-liter V-6 agent and a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard; alone the EX-L V6 comes with either front- or all-wheel drive. The car comes accepted with 17-inch admixture wheels. Check out the front-drive versions side-by-side here.
I approved and approved to get over my abhorrence to the Honda Crosstour’s styling, but it aloof looks like some crazy agreement from a chop shop, with the advanced end actualization absolutely altered from the aback end. While active to a academy event, a adolescent mom said it looked like an old Ford Pinto wagon.
Whether you adulation it or abhorrence it, one affair that’s not arguable is the Crosstour’s functionality. Its odd appearance makes it accessible for both accouchement and grandparents to get into and out of it, and it sports a ample and abundantly anatomic burden space.
The Honda Crosstour’s advanced seats are ample and flat. This, accumulated with the SUV-like seat’s acme — college than a sedan’s — fabricated it acutely accessible for my 72-year-old ancestor to get in and out of the Crosstour, admitting his bound advancement from blight treatments. The cast side, however, is that the advanced seats were abundantly afflictive for my bedmate and me. The collapsed seat-bottom beanbag is rather defective in … able-bodied … cushioning, as is the backrest. With such bound abutment and no ancillary bolstering, I begin myself adjusting and readjusting the bench position throughout my time in the Crosstour, to no avail. The lumbar abutment in the advanced seats is far too great, and alike with the lumbar acclimation receded as abundant as possible, my lower aback was still apprenticed too far forward, preventing my amateur from alike affecting the seatback. As a passenger, I resorted to alive in my bench every few account to atone for my ache — article not calmly or cautiously done as a driver. While the advanced seats are well-designed for accessibility, ergonomically they’re aloof all wrong.
Large in-door accumulator bins in both advanced doors, a centermost animate aloof ample abundant for my iPad Mini (around 8 inches by 5.25 inches) with a second-tier tray on top for abate items, a baby accessible bin beneath the centermost ascendancy panel, and a brace of cupholders kept all my allowance and ends well-organized.
One affair that wasn’t well-organized, however, was the Honda Crosstour’s audio system. If I accept to advertence the owner’s chiral to amount out how to tune the radio to a specific station, it needs to be simplified.
The Crosstour’s advanced belvedere leads to absolutely a advanced backseat. Its 53.9 inches of rear bench hip allowance matches the Outback but avalanche abbreviate of the Venza, which has 56.5 inches of rear bench hip room. (See all three compared here.) There was affluence of crabbed amplitude in the Crosstour for my three daughters, ages 8, 10 and 12, with the youngest in a Bubble Bum booster seat.
While there was abundant amplitude to calmly fit all my kids side-by-side, with allowance in amid for them to adeptness their bench belt buckles, the adolescent that got ashore in the average bench alternated amid admiring and antisocial it. The centermost basement position is on top of a hardly aloft hump, which fabricated it difficult for that adolescent to authority herself cocked in corners; she was generally agee over assimilate one of her sisters. This was fun for the adolescent in the average (like a carnival ride) and absolutely abhorrent for the sisters sitting in the outboard seats, whose amplitude was consistently encroached upon.
Kiddos in the backseat accept admission to in-door bottleholders in the rear doors, accumulator pockets on the seatbacks and a fold-down armrest in the centermost basement position with two cupholders in it.
The 51.3 cubic anxiety of best burden aggregate in the Honda Crosstour is one of its greatest assets. It feels cavernous, alike abaft the rear seats. In the accident you charge added amplitude (maybe to aerate an air mattress and go glamping), levers in the burden breadth bend the seatbacks instantly. For families that charge alike added amplitude to booty stuff, the Outback and Venza are alike bigger options, with 71.3 cubic anxiety and 70.2 cubic anxiety of best burden volume, respectively.
The Crosstour does accept a few nice, hardly comfortable appointments, such as covering seats in the EX-L trims, acrimonious advanced seats (another additional for my father, who was absolutely chilled) in those aforementioned college trims, a ample moonroof and a sunglasses holder. The blow of the fit and finish, however, seems a little like a bargain afterthought. You apperceive it’s bad back a 10-year-old credibility out the artificial autogenous aperture handles that, as she says, “feel like they’re activity to breach off back you grab them.”
Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): AmpleCargo/Trunk Amplitude (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Galore
Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): GreatFun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Some
The four-wheel-drive Crosstour I drove, which featured a 278-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, was decidedly fun out on the road. It had affluence of get up and go, which I wasn’t anticipating based on the car’s ample wagon shape. It drives like a abundant abate car, activity as if it drives itself rather than acute too abundant accomplishment from the disciplinarian to accumulate it up to acceleration on the highway.
There’s a abundant antithesis of abundance in the Crosstour’s abeyance with affluence of alley acknowledgment to accomplish you feel well-connected to the pavement. Both the council and braking are ablaze and effortless, after accident any of their responsiveness.
The V6 Crosstour with all-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 19/28/22 mpg city/highway/combined. This bumps up to 23 mpg accumulated for the front-wheel-drive V6, and 25 mpg for the four-cylinder, which comes alone with front-wheel drive.
The 2013 Honda Crosstour is an Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance Top Assurance Pick, accepting accustomed IIHS’ accomplished appraisement of Good in moderate-overlap front, side, rear and roof-strength tests. The National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration hasn’t crash-tested the Crosstour.
As is appropriate of all new cartage back the 2012 archetypal year, the Crosstour has accepted anti-lock brakes, cyberbanking adherence ascendancy and absorption control. The six accepted airbags accommodate disciplinarian and advanced commuter dual-stage airbags, disciplinarian and advanced commuter side-impact anatomy airbags and ancillary dark airbags that extend from the advanced seats to the rear.
Installing child-safety seats in the Crosstour can be absolutely tricky. The lower Latch anchors are in the bench bight, but they’re blocked by the adjustment of the bench belt webbing, causing parents to accept to bend about for the anchor. Accouchement in booster seats adeptness additionally accept adversity with the bench belt buckles, which are on billowing bases, authoritative it difficult for booster-aged accouchement with bound adeptness to catch up independently. For abounding details, see aftermost year’s Car Bench Check of the Honda Crosstour, which additionally represents the accepted model.
As with added Honda’s, including the Accord, a advancement camera is accepted on all Honda Crosstour trim levels, and rear esplanade abetment sensors are accessible for addition $498. The camera is a huge advice due to decreased rear afterimage from the breach bottle in the rear hatch. The rear camera offers three views: a wide, a attenuated and a straight-down view, giving drivers the adeptness to accept the best examination bend for anniversary circumstance.
Honda’s LaneWatch (see an evaluation), additionally accepted in all Crosstour trim levels except the abject four-cylinder EX, projects an angel of the passenger-side dark atom assimilate the advancement camera awning back you about-face on your right-turn indicator. I admired accepting this added eye back alteration lanes on the highway, but admired for article agnate on the larboard side, as able-bodied as a dark atom admonishing arrangement giving me an aural accent back a car was in my dark spot. That’s not accessible on the Honda Crosstour. Honda has congenital a larger, wide-angle side-view mirror on the larboard to compensate.
The EX-L comes accepted with forward-collision admonishing and lane abandonment admonishing systems.
See all the accepted assurance appearance listed here.