Overview & Reviews
The Honda Crosstour is essentially a tall wagon version of the previous-generation Accord sedan that features increased ride height and available all-wheel drive (AWD), a combination that delivers more utility and more all-weather capability. It's certainly more versatile than a regular Accord, but that tapering roof line means there's considerably less cargo space than there would be in a conventional wagon or SUV with its traditional boxy shape.
In other words, if you're drawn toward the composed ride and handling dynamics of an Accord sedan but want more cargo space and/or the option of all-wheel drive, then the Crosstour is worth considering. But unless the Crosstour's somewhat controversial design strikes a chord with you, there are more sensible crossovers out there.
Current Honda Crosstour
The Honda Crosstour comes in two trim levels -- EX and EX-L. The EX comes with automatic headlights, a sunroof, a power driver seat, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a seven-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer and an iPod/USB audio interface. The V6 version of the EX tacks on extra equipment including a rearview camera, a blind-spot warning system, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control and Bluetooth audio. The EX-L adds to those items things like bigger wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver memory settings and satellite radio. The one option for the Crosstour is a navigation system, which is only available on the EX-L.
The Honda Crosstour offers a choice of two engines -- a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 192 horsepower or a 3.5-liter V6 with 278 hp. A five-speed automatic is standard on the four while a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters comes with the V6. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available on the EX-L V6.
On the road, performance of the inline-4-powered Crosstour is lackluster, which is no surprise given this Honda's near 2-ton mass and the price paid for the higher fuel mileage. And though the overall acceleration delivered by the V6 is more than adequate, the off-the-mark performance is a little soft due to a lack of torque. But despite the Honda Crosstour's elevated center of gravity and extra 300 pounds compared to the Accord sedan, it's still pleasant to drive, with predictable steering, composed handling and a quiet interior.
Those familiar with the previous-generation Accord sedan would feel right at home in the Crosstour's cabin, from the decent materials to the solid fit and finish. The current Accord sedan is a step up, however, in terms of quality, functionality and appearance. In particular, the Crosstour suffers from a glut of unattractive buttons and the optional navigation system only adds to the clutter.
The Crosstour's sloping roof line eats into rear cargo space -- there's only a bit over 51 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded -- though rear passengers enjoy ample leg- and headroom.
Used Honda Crosstour Models
The Honda Crosstour debuted for the 2012 model year, though that essentially just signaled a name change for this model, as it was produced the previous two years under the Accord Crosstour moniker.
Regardless of the name, it differs slightly from today's vehicle. The four-cylinder was not always available, while the V6 produced 271 hp prior to 2013. Its transmission was also a five-speed unit and fuel economy ratings were slightly lower for both engines. These pre-'13 Crosstours looked a little different and had fewer features available.
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It 's a keeper ! - 2015 Honda Crosstour
By HanDuyenDat - December 31 - 7:02 am
You have to drive the car to appreciate it, not just by looking and professional reviews, not a sport car more like touring.
Got a great closout bargain - 2015 Honda Crosstour
By Craig Holcombe - November 25 - 4:22 pm
My wife and I were looking to replace our trusty 2002 Odyssey after our boys had grown and were originally looking at a Subaru. Then my wife remembered that she had driven a Crosstour one time when our van was being serviced and really liked it, so why not check that out? One left at the dealer as they were discontinuing the model, at 20% below MSRP. Took it for a test drive and bought it on the spot. Great car to drive, responsive and handles very well. The controls are well laid out, and i really like the cool blue color. The interior is very comfortable and I am looking forward to doing an extended road trip soon. Very pleased with the purchase, and glad we got one before they were all taken!
Pleasantly surprised - 2015 Honda Crosstour
By David Turbyfill - November 15 - 6:48 pm
Traded in outback. Better acceleration, almost as good MPG, much more comfortable, better handling, better looking. I was in market for new outback or forester. The crosstour is far better in my opinion and I am a huge Subaru fan -- I still own one. It has become the family choice of transportation over Acura RDX and Subaru Crosstrek. Only knock is rear window view.
A Different Car! - 2015 Honda Crosstour
By David DiIenno - October 30 - 4:43 pm
I went to the dealership to purchase an Accord for my wife. She has been a Honda die-hard for many years, jumping from an Accord to several generations of the Pilot. The children are older, and the days of carting around strollers are long past, so the need for an SUV is not so important. She opted for the sedan. While waiting at the dealership, the Crosstour caught my eye. I need AWD and the space this hatchback provides would be more than enough for any shopping trip. I live in the Northeast so a sure footed ride is essential. I test drove it and was impressed that the Crosstour behaved like an Accord, albeit having heavy characteristics, most notably when braking. I want to caveat this, as I drove the Accord for hours before testing the Crosstour. I like the fact it sits higher than the standard sedan, but yet it is not like the "stanbdard" CUV/SUV that has more capacity that I rarely need, and poor gas mileage to match. Before I give my opinion on the car, i want to convey that I have owned Suburbans, Audi (A7&A8), and Explorers. Pros: This is a car is a well appointed Accord on hatchback steroids. It doesn't look like the sharp lined, rolling boxes that are dominating the car market. There is so much emphasis on the storage capacity that is claimed to be lacking ( which if you used one, you would realize it has a tons of space), but no mention of the rider comfort that is lost in the other CUV's such as the Venza or the Outback. Try riding in the back seat of one of those cars for a two hour trip... The rear seating area in the Crosstour is comfortable for two average adults with surprisingly ample legroom and ceiling height. The cabin is very quiet. The access to the rear hatch is waist high...no bending or leaning in. The V6 is very quick and responsive. The transmission shifts smoothly. The EX-L is loaded with amenities. Handling is adequate. Cons: I find the Crosstour to be too much like a Honda sedan! Is that a bad thing? The rear view is not for the average Mommy. It is a fine highway cruiser, but the city environment transmits a bit much through the wishbone suspension. Closing: The Crosstour gets a bad rap for being real. Come on...I mean when do you need over 51 Cubic Feet of cargo space every time you get behind the wheel? I find it humorous that cargo space is king when 99% of the time it's truly empty space. If you have more than three kids, you would need an SUV anyway. Its a well thought our cross-breed that has tons of space for those occasions of uber shopping, and yet it is a fine sedan when you need one, which is 99% of the time... and 24 MPG average doesn't suck.
An understated Vehicle - 2015 Honda Crosstour
By C.N. - October 23 - 12:56 am
I read several of the reviews before considering this vehicle, I didn't even know it existed until I shopped around. I am coming from a Pilot where we drove the wheels off of it and went on many adventures. I noted that people either loved or hated this car. I think this is a car many people will have missed and once it's out of production people will look back and appreciate it for what it is. Fortunately, it is not a high demand vehicle so I was able to get a great deal to move the inventory from the dealer. We are an active family who does road trips and plenty of cycling. 15 years of driving trucks or vehicles that drive like a truck I was ready to get into a sedan style but with some cargo space for gear. The small SUV's were suggested but at the end of the day I didn't like the style or set up of feeling like I was driving a little box or a Pilot that was shrunk. I really liked the idea of a wagon or hatchback to load our gear and go. This vehicle drives well and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything that we like to do. The up side is better gas milage and a more comfortable ride. Plenty of room in the front as well as for the back seat passengers. The roof line may be a bit low for tall people back there. Enough cargo for what we do and the hidden compartments are nice. I opted for the roof rack for bikes, which can be noisy with the roof open but close the sliding roof liner and the interior is very quite, especially compared to the Pilot or the Tacoma I drove. Only two things that I do care for is fist the audio sound. The speakers are weak and don't have a great sound quality. Second, to get a 2" receiver hitch to carry additional bikes or cargo is near impossible. I know you can't tow with this vehicle but It's a miss for a cross over vehicle not to allow these for people who carry bikes or already have a rack. Fortunately, I found a manufacture that can do a 2" receiver for this car that I may try. Finally, the rear visibility takes some getting use to because it is split, but it's not too bad. All in all I'm very pleased with this vehicle.
Forget the 4 CYL - 2014 Honda Crosstour
By Robert Vanderheiden - September 15 - 4:52 pm
The Honda Crosstour is quite different from the Accord and still based on the previous Accord model. That means the dash, seats, etc are from the older model. Not a big issue but one thing is just plain ridiculous for a car of this statue and price and that is the fact that there is no outside temp on the EX. Really? Even my daughter's PT cruiser has that. Perhaps not a big deal for some, but if I had known when test driving the car... I would probably not have purchased it. Most frustrating thing about this car is the power or better lack of power. It accelerates like a turtle. It only starts increasing speed at higher revs. It is at times actually dangerous when changing lanes for example when quick acceleration is demanded. It simply does not happen. It does not change gears fast enough depending on speed of the car... for example, when driving 20-30 miles an hour and you want to quickly accelerate to overtake someone or change lanes, the car just responds very slowly which can be dangerous. Of course the car drives easily at higher speeds, no problem there, except getting there takes longer than you would expect. The car does provide a comfortable interior with ample space and it is nice that you have a 5th door... i.e. a hatchback. It is easy to drop the rear seats and the extra space is nice if you have dogs for example. The seats are firm and perhaps not to everyone's liking. My wife simply hates the seats and wants to go back to a Nissan which seats are much more comfortable for her. I am OK. I actually drove the car cross country up to 800 miles a day without any problem or fatigue. So this may be a personal preference. Do try the car out on a longer test drive.
Best Kept Secret Gone From Auto Availablility - 2015 Honda Crosstour
By Gary Jones - August 27 - 7:55 pm
Read several reviews on auto before purchase and was aware they were not going to be sold anymore. Found my golf clubs were easy to get in and out as well as my dogs. Though wheel wells do cut down on some wide items like a 4x8 sheet of plywood, the amount of stuff one can get in is better than the Ford Escape I traded in on the Crosstour. With V-6 the around town gas mileage is better by a couple mph than my Escape Turbo and the Road mileage was 5-6 mpg better 25 vs 30). Love the car. Only con is rear visibility and seats on a little tiring on a 1,000 mile trip. Shame the car is no longer. Will be keeping mine until the wheels fall off.
Didn't Love it, Until I Drove It - 2015 Honda Crosstour
By really1 - April 1 - 3:12 pm
After the winter of 2014 here in the Northeast, I decided to trade in my 2013 Acura Tsx Sport wagon in. I knew I wanted AWD and wanted to stick with Honda. The Acura RDX...my first choice..rode really stiff and the discount was awful. The CX-5 also had barely a discount and felt cheap inside. The Ford Edge,2014,was a little old to me, knowing the 15 was on it's way and only rode OK. I don't like the CVT transmissions - so that knocked out both the CRV and any Subaru (although Subaru was never really an option) I NEVER considered the Crosstour until I drove it. Love the ride and handling.
Great vehicle - 2012 Honda Crosstour
By dswanson30 - December 20 - 7:51 am
Wonderful vehicle. I'm a month into ownership and absolutely love this car. The build quality is spectacular, its super smooth on the highway and it excels at everything I throw at it. I drive 60+ miles a day over a mountain pass and appreciate this car every day! Its pretty decent in snow with the stock tires (snow tires coming soon). Great space for my family of 4!
One More Time - 2014 Honda Crosstour
By like2bike - October 31 - 8:24 am
I had a 2010 Crosstour and now have a 2014 - the first time I have ever bought the same model twice. The comfort, quietness and practicality are compelling. Try as I might, I couldn't find another vehicle that fit my needs as well. The interior is upcale enough for clients and the backseat comfort and leg room are outstanding. Chicago winters demand all-wheel drive. I use the speaker phone a lot and the Active Sound Control provides a very quiet cabin. Unlike many SUVs, my bicycle can be stored in the back without the seat down, plus it's out of sight. Gear fits cleanly into the floor storage compartment. Good acceleration and over 30 mpg highway.