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2012 Honda Crosstour

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2012 Honda Crosstour Review

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Honda calls its 2012 Crosstour a CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle), but we're not so sure. The 2012 Honda Crosstour is part wagon, part sedan, part CUV and 100-percent different. Riding on the same platform as the Honda Accord Sedan the Crosstour Wagon is given clearance to do more, with larger springs that elevate it six inches from the ground, and an available all-wheel-drive system that permits the Crosstour safe passage in foul weather. Defining what the Crosstour represents is easy; defining its competitors, however, is a bit more difficult. The Subaru Outback Wagon might be a good match, only it has more ground clearance, a permanently engaged all-wheel-drive system and more usable cargo hold. One might also pick some of the smaller CUVs such as the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 as Crosstour competitors, but neither has the athletic good looks or performance-oriented suspension of the 2012 Honda Crosstour. One might even argue that the Accord sedan itself is a competitor, providing the same interior layout, attention to detail and powerful yet fuel-efficient V6 engine. If the 2012 Crosstour Wagon's offbeat good looks don't stop you dead in your tracks, it may be a viable alternative to the bland sedan or ubiquitous CUV.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the ride and handling provided by the Accord Sedan, but your versatile cargo needs exceed that of a traditional trunk, the 2012 Crosstour Wagon makes an excellent choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While its wagon-like shape emanates functionality over form, the Honda Crosstour's styling isn't for everyone. Those looking for a more traditional-looking wagon might find the Subaru Outback more attractive.

What's New for 2012

Changes for 2012 are limited to the Crosstour EX Wagon and include the addition of auto on/off headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB audio interface. The Accord prefix is dropped, making official what everyone has been calling the Crosstour since its debut.

Driving the Crosstour

Driving Impressions Despite its radical looks, the 2012 Honda Crosstour Wagon's underpinnings are firmly rooted in the humble Honda Accord family sedan. On long stretches of open road, the Crosstour Wagon possesses...

the same light and agile driving dynamics as the Accord Sedan. The handling is crisp and precise with body roll and lean kept to a minimum in all but the most hard-core driving situations. The 2012 Honda Crosstour's 4,000-pound weight should act to hold it back, but acceleration with the V6 is impressive thanks in part to a responsive throttle that unleashes the Crosstour's 271 horses without hesitation. Mercifully, Honda's Active Sound Control System cancels out unwanted engine and road noise, creating a quiet and serene cabin. The 5-door Crosstour's tall ride height gives the driver a commanding view of the road, and although rear visibility is good, the new rearview mirror camera further aides the driver when parking or backing up.

Hidden Removable Utility Box
Adding 1.9 cubic feet of space to the rear cargo area, the removable utility box is made of plastic and easily washable; perfect for messy items.

Real Time 4WD
The Real Time 4WD system lets the 2012 Honda Crosstour CUV be more than just a grocery-hauler, allowing it to tread safely regardless of weather.

2012 Honda Crosstour Details
2012 Honda Crosstour photo Interior

From the driver's seat it would be hard to discern the difference between the Crosstour and its Accord cousin. The 2012 Honda Crosstour Wagon shares the same logically laid-out dash and center console, as well as the available navigation system. Other highlights include one-touch release levers on the rear seats and soft-touch leather seating surfaces that feel more Acura-like than Honda. Glancing rearward is all it takes to know you are definitely not sitting in an Accord. Behind the second-row seat is a 25.7-cubic-foot cargo hold featuring reversible floor panels useful when the cargo at hand is going to leave a mess behind. There's also a removable utility box and side bins hidden beneath the carpeted floor. Fold the seats down, and the Crosstour can swallow 51.3-cubic feet of stuff, although due to the roofline's low profile, it's better that the stuff in mind is long and low rather than tall and bulky.

Exterior
2012 Honda Crosstour photo

From the outside, the 2012 Honda Crosstour appears more like a customized Accord wagon than a purposeful utility vehicle. Its aggressive grille and headlight treatment are very un-Honda-like, as it the sloping rear roofline that gives the appearance of a fastback coupe. That same roofline, however, also severely cuts into the Crosstour's cargo area especially for tall or bulky items. In a nod to the Crosstour Wagon's CUV-like credentials, Honda provides it with 6.2 inches of ground clearance and an available all-wheel-drive system. Although not permanently engaged as on the Subaru Outback, Honda's Real Time all-wheel drive setup shifts torque to the rear wheels as needed then returns to functioning primarily as a front-drive vehicle.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on the 2012 Honda Crosstour Crossover Utility Vehicle includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a 5-speed automatic transmission, auto on/off headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB interface, cloth seats, a one-touch power moonroof, dual- zone auto climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, and a 360-watt AM/FM/6-disc in-dash audio system with seven speakers. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, electronic traction and stability control, and front-side and side-curtain airbags. Other convenient standard features include 10-way driver and 4-way passenger power adjustable seats, remote entry with power window control, a hidden utility storage compartment and 60/40 split rear seats with one-touch folding.

Optional Equipment

Optional equipment for the 2012 Honda Crosstour CUV includes Real Time 4-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels and a Honda satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition and a rearview camera, all of which can only be had by choosing the up-level EX-L trim.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Honda Crosstour Wagon is powered by a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine that uses Honda's Variable Cylinder Management system which allows the engine to run on three, four or six cylinders, depending on driving demands. The only transmission choice is a 5-speed automatic that uses Honda's G Shift Control and RPM rev-matching, which "blips" the throttle for smooth downshifts. G Shift holds the transmission in gear when the vehicle is cornering.

2.4-liter inline-4
192 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29


3.5-liter V6
271 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
254 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27(2WD), 18/26 (4WD)

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2012 Honda Crosstour Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 132 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Have owned a lot of cars-this is one of the "BEST"

By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great to Drive-all you would want in a Sporty SUV!"

Cons: "Poor viewing out rear window hatch..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Car is everything a middle age person would want to drive. Sporty, Fast, Powerful, Comfortable, and just pure enjoyable to drive! Good gas for a 278 hp motor. As good a car as I have ever owned...and I have owned a lot of nice cars! "2010 Crosstour EX-L 3.5L V6 AWD""

Folow up after my trip.

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my wife's car and I usually don't drive it much. However, I recently drove it from the Midwest to Seattle through Montana. I did 1300 miles in 1 sitting....a nice test for a car. I had the cruise near 80 when the speed limits allowed..I also navigated a few mountain passes as well. I was very impressed with the car....it was probably the best road trip car I've ever driven...I have done this route 30 Plus times with various vehicles....many driving straight through. If you drive long distance on the highway and need adequate room, this is you're car. This car kncked down 31.4 MPG (1300 miles)average at mostly 80 MPH. If you drive it 70 MPH it'll get 32-34 and this car has a V-6...it also has cylinder deactivation so it stays in 3 cylinder mode most of the time. You also find out what kind of seats you have when you drive for 18 consecutive hours...these seats did very well. I also liked the ability to turn on the right side camera without turning on the turn signal. I also rocked the heck out of the xm radio(don't tell my wife) and it sounds pretty good. The most interesting and important feature for my particular trip was the LDW. (lane departure warning) This feature is especially important when fatique could become a factor. The light is calibrated perfectly...activating a foot or so from the line and keeping you out of trouble BEFORE you get into trouble. The LDW light comes on with an audible noise...which I couldn't hear at times due to my cranking of the stereo. However, the light does a good job of alerting, especially at night when those long drives get Looong. In closing, I felt better after this rad trip then any other one...and its due to the car not needing me "driving" it constantly. Its too bad Honda isn't building it anymore cause its a really great car.(mines a 2014 V-6) Its also 4WD to boot. The dealers still have a few left and they are going cheap. Great bang for the buck...and a Great road car...can't wait to see what it will do in the snow. Peace."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Car. Love SUV style without SUV bulge.

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great to drive, great gas mileage, low maintenance"

Cons: "limited trunk height,nees electric hatch release"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Traded my Infiniti for this car and couldn't be happier. Better gas mileage, more room especially for tall son in the back seat. Overall more room than the Infiniti four door and much better gas. Only have to use regular gas which has saved a lot of money in the long run. Two negatives, the slope of the hatch back makes for rearrange of luggage for long trips and wish the hatch back came with automatic buttons and not the pull down handle. The bells and whistles that come automatically are a plus. Navigation very user friendly."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Downsized from Cadillacs. Not sorry.

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "450 miles per tank. Plenty of power. Great looks."

Cons: "Seat belt fasteners loo low."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I drove Cadillacs, large Mercedes or BMW's for three decades. Retired but not sedentary and liked the looks of the Crosstour. Decided to save money by buying the lower-end model (4 vs V-6, cloth interior vs leather). This car has a 4-clyinder engine that reminds me of my old Lotus sports car. Cruises easily at 100mph (in west Texas). Passengers often ask if the engine is turbocharged, since it has a power boost at around 3,000 rpm. My only complaint is that the seat belt fasteners are too low for my wife to easily buckle herself in."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I really love my car

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've always been puzzled by the bad reviews. When I first bought the Crosstour in 2011, I never received more compliments and inquiries with any other car. It is solid, and reliable, with a strong engine, and never gets stuck in the snow. It is a real shame Honda have discontinued it after 2015. One of their problems was in promoting it as a type of SUV, when it is really just a great awd wagon. Sorry to see you go. Honda has lots of new model changes coming, but I don't think any fit the Crosstour niche."

16 people out of 31 found this review helpful

this car drives and handles great.

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car. it is by far the best winter vehicle I have ever had. The full time four wheel drive makes its unstoppable in adverse winter weather. The car drives and handles great and has plenty of power. The leather interior is comfortable. The dash could be a little more dressed up but is adequate. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone considering it."

16 people out of 31 found this review helpful

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