Thursday, March 10, 2016


THis  new tagline for this car ought to be , "Honda Crosstour: It's not for everybody, but rather then, it doesn't attempt to be." Because the truth is, it isn't and it doesn't. Think Honda Accord pseudo-hybrid suv, and you'll basically have Crosstour nailed. Truth be told, in 2010 at its presentation, the model was known as the Accord Crosstour. 

While the auto is still most certainly taking into account Honda's leader (but the past cycle, not the present emphasis) it's sufficiently distinctive in the psyches of Honda's promoting group that potential clients needn't be helped to remember the Crosstour's subordinate nature. In all honesty, there are a few focal points to running with a Crosstour; boss among them is the accessibility of all-wheel drive, which isn't offered with Accord. Further, Crosstour drives more like an auto than any hybrid SUV. Its lifted ride stature may be viewed as an or more, also                                                                                                                                                                                           Crosstour’s styling definitely falls into the polarizing category. Depending on how you look at it, the model either delivers the best features of the Accord’s visage, along with elements of a crossover SUV. Or, grafting crossover attributes onto the look of the Accord makes for a completely ungainly appearance. It’s really a question of perspective. At any rate, if you like the Accord, but wish it were offered in a hatchback body style, the way it was for so many years in the past, here’s your best shot at an Accord hatchback and the utility such a configuration brings to the model.

Inside, Crosstour and Accord (the previous generation, mind you) are identical. The sweeping roofline makes for a roomy passenger compartment, and the hatchback helps the Crosstour claim 51.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the real Crosstour's energy originates from a decision of two motors. The 2.4-liter four-chamber makes 192 strength and 162 lb-ft of torque. Honda sets this motor with a five-speed programmed transmission and front-wheel drive. The other offering is a 3.5-liter V-6 with 278 pull and 252 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed programmed transmission are standard here, yet all-wheel drive is accessible as a choice. 

Efficiency is evaluated at 25 miles for every gallon joined for the 2.4-liter four, and 23 mpg consolidated for the V-6 with front-wheel drive. Get all-wheel drive and the EPA says you can expect 22 miles for every gallon consolidated.                                                                                                                                                                              On the safety front, Crosstour features ABS, traction control, stability control, a full complement of airbags, and a rearview camera system. Upper trim level models include Honda’s LaneWatch, which uses a camera in the right-side rearview mirror housing to provide a view of the blind spot when the right turn signal is activated.

The IIHS rates Crosstour with its highest possible accolade (“rock and roll”) in all testing.  says Crosstour is a four-star vehicle in rollover ratings, but shows no crash test ranking for the model.                                                                                         For the 2015 models, Honda Crosstour EX pricing starts at $27,530. Standard features include automatic headlights, foglamps, a sunroof, power accessories, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth telephony.

All new $31,190 Crosstour EX V-6 trim package adds keyless entry and push-button start, an eight-inch touchscreen interface, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth audio streaming, and smartphone application integration.

All new $31,215 EX-L package adds leather, heated front seats, forward collision, lane departure warning, and satellite radio. Another $2100 gets EX-L w/Navi (and yes, a satellite navigation system). EX-L V-6 comes in at $33,835, while EX-L V-6 w/Navi commands $35,940. All-wheel drive EX-L V-6 goes for $35,285. Crosstour base pricing tops out at $37,385 for an all-wheel drive EX-L V-6 w/Navi.           

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