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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
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 122 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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

Love our Crosstour

By on Friday, April 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Sporty yet praticale"

Cons: "Rear visibility, but you get use to it"

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

"Have had this car for 3 years, when I told my wife I was going to buy her a new Crosstour she refused to let her Crosstour go. She said the new ones didn't have the stance or aggressive looks the 2012 does. It has made many trip to Florida down the east coast. Even though it's 3 years old it still get compliments. Has had no problems. Great ride plenty of room and gets better than advertised gas millage. Never sees the belly side of 80 and still gives me 30 mpg highway. Great storage space in back. And rear leg space is plenty for a 6 footer. Can't say enough positive things about this car."

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great Value

By on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Hondas are great cars and this Crosstour is not the exception. I have had Hondas for the last 15 years and none of them gave me any troubles. The only reason why I don't give a 10 to this car, is because its visibility. side and back visibility should be better."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

THE BEST CAR

By on Monday, January 26, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: BUY CRV

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"I had a Crosstour 2010 with 65k miles and regretted the exchanged for a CRV 2013 has not comparison the two cars, the very best Crosstour in relation to comfort and stability on a trip or even in cities."

29 people out of 50 found this review helpful

first Honda and not disappointed

By on Thursday, January 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "snappy power, agile on corners, spacious. and fun"

Cons: "rear view tight, turning radius,"

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

"I saw this car on display at Costco and was fascinated by it from the start. I like the style and the cargo room it provides. I like the spacious cargo area that it can provide (6 foot ladder is no problem) in this SUV. I like the fact that it is sporty but has the versatility I need. The 4 cylinder 192 HP engine has plenty of go for me. I absolutely LOVE the backup cam. And for a 3,700LB. car it corners amazing with very little lean. I like the ability to start out in 2nd gear during slippery conditions during the winter. The turning radius is wider than I would like for parking and the rear view has some blind spots that you need to get used to."

23 people out of 40 found this review helpful

Everything but the MPGs

By on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Ground Clearance, Highway MPG, Backup/Side Cameras"

Cons: "City MPG"

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

"My 2013 Crosstour has everything I wanted, except CITY fuel efficiency. I expected better than I'm getting with regards to CITY fuel efficiency, which makes that hit even more painful. However, highway MPGs are phenomenal and really make up for the loss, considering I live in a state with much rural travel time. That said, within the first thousand miles, we had to drive cross country in the car for a funeral, and 5,000 miles later, we were completely convinced we had made the right purchase. We averaged around 32 MPG on that trip. The comfort for three people and small dog was everything you could hope for on a 5 day, round-trip in a car. We only stopped for sleeping and a eating breaks. It was a ruthless trip, but the comfort of the Crosstour made it doable and halfway enjoyable. The backup camera and side view camera are awesome. The interior design is easy to adjust to - including controls for radio/settings/HVAC. The cargo space is plenty for a couple with pets or a couple kids. It's especially great when carting around older relatives who have trouble getting in and out of most other vehicles, because the ground clearance is superb. All cars should have the same ground clearance of the Crosstour, it's the perfect height for easy-on-the-body entrance and exit of a vehicle. Lastly, this is a vehicle that I feel safe in. We hit a deer going about 50mph ourselves, and the deer about 40mph. The passenger headlight took the brunt of the hit, and it didn't even crack. It did do some damage to the fender and some mounting parts behind the fender/light, but I was thoroughly impressed with the light still holding on and working after taking that hit. Overall, I give the car a 8/10. Truly, we do more city driving than anything else, and getting the MPG of a pickup truck is hurting the car's rating."

34 people out of 62 found this review helpful

Third Honda - all very good

By on Saturday, December 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Good driving car. Comfortable. Good travel with "stuff" car.Rear view somewhat difficult. Would recommend but drive first re: rear view."

14 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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