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2012 Honda Crosstour

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2012 Honda Crosstour Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

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 140 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Of all the cars I have ever owned - rate this a 2

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
2/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Cute exterior"

Cons: "Interior ugly and hard to clean, locking design"

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

"I haven't liked this car since two weeks into ownership. It drives like a cheap car. It's only "pro" lies in its cuteness. What I despise the most is the interior. Even though mine is considered tan, everything but the seats is black! The carpet appears to have been woven with Velcro in mind. This darn thing makes its own decision about when it should lock itself. It's so very aggravating to exit the car, walk to the back to get packages only to have to return to the front (no matter the weather) to unlock the hatch. The paint finish isn't all that great either. OBVIOUSLY designed by a man, nothing attractive about the interior and the new electronic control panels are difficult to get used to as so much of it is redundant. But iisnt it nice the way its so very manly looking in a blue light computer sort of way! Be nice if it made sense."

1 person out of 7 found this review helpful

Great handling for a crossover

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

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
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Handling and comfort"

Cons: "Cargo capacity"

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

"Extremely comfortable ride for 4 full size adults. Handling is awesome for a vehicle this size. Cargo area is limited due to shock towers."

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great road car

By on Wednesday, November 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Performance"

Cons: "Plastic parts (fade) and tacky floor mats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Another good Honda product. Mechanically it's been close to perfect. Rides OK, mileage 22-25 in town and 28-32 on highway. The problem seeing through the rear window is minimal. It forces you to use your side mirror which is actually safer. My biggest complaint lies with materials. The upper door panels are plastic and were faded when purchased new. The "roping" around moon roof was also very faded on purchase. Both were reported to Honda, photo's were taken but I never got a response. The other issue was the floor mats, at 45K they started wearing through. Very cheap material much like the other products above. Bottom line, if you can put up with some cheap and tacky workmanship, you'll have a very dependable car. This is my 7th Honda and I'm very disappointed at the material workmanship and will look at other options in the next year when I'm ready for a new car."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great Value

By on Tuesday, November 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 350

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
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great smooth ride, well built solid car."

Cons: "Takes a bit to get used to the rear window."

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

"I was a bit hesitant to buy a Crosstour due to some of the negative reviews, but I decided to go for it due to the versatility of the vehicle and the deep discounts dealers are offering. Roughly (presently) about $7K or so off of MSRP for the EX-L 4WD version. Took a bit to get used to the split rear window, but with the rear camera activation for backing up and right turns, it's just fine. It's a great ride, and I feel safe in it with my family, as it's a solidly built car. The V6 is silky smooth and will get up and go when you need it. For the horsepower you get combined with the great fuel mileage for this sized vehicle, the V6 4WD is a great value at the prices they are selling them for."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Under Appreciated

By on Saturday, October 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "design, unique, storage, interior space"

Cons: "cargo light"

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

"The car budget was tight, so I took a chance on the CT because of the deals they had been offering. First, the disappointments. A light in the cargo area was a silly oversight. The wheel wells are deep, cutting into the cargo space. And the four cylinder is adequate. And come on, include the cargo cover for goodness sake. Snarking aside. I like this thing. And I am a bit of fincky one. I had considered a Mini Roadster, a Lexus 200, and an LR2. The CT is a stand apart. It provides the funky fun of the others with the reliablity of a Honda. The interior is comfortable, well thought out, and well crafted. It makes for a nice drive. The extras are surprising, giving the car a luxury feel. The passenger side camera is a wonderful addition, countering the concerns with blind spots. The dash is convenient and attractive. The design that the critics love to hate makes it a distinctive, fun thing--a pleasant diversion from the ubiquitous Audi knockoffs and Explorer look alikes. It is a break from the usually stodgy, Victorian Honda styling. I am pleased with the price, with the quality, with the design. I owe the critics a thank you. The lackluster sales saved me around 4K."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

My Dream Vehicle

By on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,500

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Lots of cargo capacity, great value, great design"

Cons: "none, in my opinion"

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

"I have been wanting and looking for a V6 AWD Crosstour for years. I have owned Honda before and always thought it to be a very reliable but fun vehicle. The CT gives me all the space I need and drives well. I believe it to be well made and designed. I originally did not like the dual screens on the interior, but it is very useful. I get good gas mileage and have plenty of power."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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