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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 144 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

Have owned 5 Hondas in family, Crosstour is fav!

By on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive!"

Cons: "Wish it had automatic lift gate instead of manual."

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

"This is my 2nd Crosstour, loved the first one so much I bought the 2nd one when lease was up.Beautiful, drives so smoothly and super quick resppnse time. Carries 4 adults comfortably or 3 kids in the back. Always get stopped and people comment on what a stylish car it is."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best Honda I have ever owned

By on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, comfortable, stylishy different"

Cons: "Rear view can take a while to get used to"

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

"I've owned the Civic sedan and coupe models and the CRV prior to purchasing this car. I liked all of them but I LOVE, LOVE the Crosstour! I just purchased a 2012 EX-L AWD V6 with nav used and it is by far the nicest Honda, or any make of car in fact, that I have ever owned. It handles great despite being a big, heavy car. I am getting 22 mpg city, has lots of power, and plenty of room. I like that it is unusual looking in style. There are tons of Civics and CRVs on the road but I rarely see a Crosstour and I like having something that is different rather than fitting in with the crowd. I love all of the features that come with the EX-L. The sound system is great. The ride is very comfortable. I am petite and love that the driver's seat adjusts in so many ways. The first time ever in my life I am able to see out over the hood of the car I am driving with a seat that raises in height! Also love the memory for the seat and side mirrors settings so no more having to spend 5 minutes trying to get them readjusted after my 6 foot tall husband drives the car. The rear view took a bit to get used to but after driving it for a couple of weeks and getting comfortable with the rear camera, I am at ease with it. I am 58 and plan on this being my last car. I love it so much I don't ever want to part with it. Too bad Honda stopped making them. The Crosstour truly is a fantastic vehicle."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great car. AWD is flawless. Workmanship quality

By on Monday, February 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

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
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very stable and maneuverable."

Cons: "Electronic steering is vague. My drive is 911."

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

"The body style took a bit of getting used to. Quite different for Honda but similar in characteristics to BMW X6 and other high priced cars. The Crosstour 3.5 V6 has excellent power and is a very stable car to drive in inclement weather. We often go out with friends and will take our Crosstour as it is much more comfortable than the standard SUV types they drive. My next venture to WY to participate in dig will require a bit of off road (not of the serious nature) so Im looking fwd to seeing how it performs in these conditions."

11 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Saturday, February 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

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
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, solid build, nice gas mileag for a 6"

Cons: "Looks, rear visibility"

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

"I've been driving Honda since 1988 starting used and moving to new civics and then a pair of accords. I never really liked my 09 accord but this Crosstour more than makes up for it. I wanted a reliable, comfortable, quiet, 4wd car mostly for my 75 mile ride to the office. I live on a dirt road and the NH snow demanded 4wd. I still think the car looks a little weird and seeing out the back is tough but my crosstour drives like a car should. (the passing camera and backup cameras are actually useful) I've been getting 30mpg to/from the office when I mostly use the cruise and the V6 allows me to 'jump to light speed' when I need to. Its a joy just having that much power/acceleration available. Very comfortable seating in both in the pilot and navigator seats. I even spent 3 hours as super cargo and was comfortable in the back. Sad 2015 was the last model year for this great car."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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

By on Monday, January 4, 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."

11 people out of 38 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."

19 people out of 36 found this review helpful

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