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2013 Honda Crosstour

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2013 Honda Crosstour Review

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A scaled-down alternative to traditional SUVs, the 2013 Honda Crosstour is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma wrapped in sheet metal. Think of it as the Swiss Army Knife of automobiles – equal parts sedan, wagon and SUV. But like a Swiss Army Knife, the Honda Crosstour's all-in-one design inherently limits the full potential of its various functions. For instance, the sloping roofline compromises both cargo versatility and overall styling, providing its more visually appealing rivals like the Toyota Venza, Ford Edge and Subaru Outback with a near 30-percent advantage in cargo space. Nonetheless, the 2013 Crosstour might be the ticket for those who appreciate the impressive build quality of the Honda Accord sedan but find its conventional trunk and lack of optional all-wheel drive (AWD) too limiting.

You'll Like This Car If...

If sedan-like driving characteristics top your list of priorities, the 2013 Honda Crosstour could be the wagonoid you've been looking for. Class-leading fuel economy figures, along with Honda's enviable reputation for reliability, make the Crosstour a solid choice for buyers who favor substance over style.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Today's marketplace is teeming with SUVs that offer significantly more cargo room than the 2013 Crosstour. In addition, a similarly-priced Ford Explorer or Toyota Highlander includes a comparable level of standard equipment as well as a third row of seating (unavailable on the Honda).

What's New for 2013

After three years of production, the Honda Crosstour undergoes a mid-cycle refresh for the 2013 model year. Key changes include revised exterior styling, upgraded interior materials, a 7-horsepower bump for the optional V6, and a newly-available HondaLink infotainment system with Aha Radio compatibility.

Driving the Crosstour

Driving Impressions Despite its unconventional looks, the 2013 Honda Crosstour's underpinnings are firmly rooted in the Honda Accord family sedan. On long stretches of open road, the Crosstour possesses the same light...

and agile driving dynamics as its sedan-equivalent. The handling is crisp and precise, with body roll and lean kept to a minimum in all but the most hardcore driving situations. The 2013 Crosstour's 3,700-pound curb weight should act to hold it back, but acceleration and throttle response from the 278-horsepower V6 is quite impressive. Honda's Active Sound Control system cancels out unwanted engine and road noise for a more quiet ride. The Crosstour's raised ride height gives the driver a commanding view of the road ahead, though rearward visibility is problematic through the narrow rear glass and the bodywork that surrounds it.

HIDDEN REMOVABLE UTILITY BOX
Made of plastic for easy cleanup, the removable utility box adds some two cubic feet of concealed storage space to the rear cargo area.

REAL TIME 4WD
Unlike the Honda Accord, the 2013 Crosstour offers the all-weather capability of available Real Time 4WD. Under normal driving conditions, power is shunted only to the front wheels, improving fuel economy. If the system detects a loss of traction at the front, torque is automatically routed to all four wheels for better grip.

2013 Honda Crosstour Details
2013 Honda Crosstour photo Interior

The interior of the 2013 Honda Crosstour is nearly identical to the 8th-generation Accord sedan on which it is based. The cabin is tightly constructed with new high-quality materials. The center stack features an attractive, high-tech appearance, but it's excessively cluttered with identical-looking buttons. In terms of storage, behind the 60/40-split rear seat is a 25.7-cubic-foot cargo area with reversible floor panels, which come in handy when dealing with messy items. With the rear seats folded flat, the Crosstour offers 51.3-cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity, though most wagons and SUVs can accommodate considerably more.

Exterior
2013 Honda Crosstour photo

From the outside, the 2013 Honda Crosstour looks like a 4-door Accord onto which a large, sloping rear end has been grafted. Despite the cosmetic "enhancements" for 2013, we still feel the Crosstour's odd proportions and over-the-top styling cues make it look more like a caricature than a car. The fastback-style rear end severely cuts into the Crosstour's cargo area, and the narrow opening makes loading bulky items a real challenge. Unlike some of its lofty rivals, however, the Honda Crosstour is an SUV that doesn't require a leap of faith to exit the vehicle.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard features on the 2013 Honda Crosstour consist of auto-on/off headlights, a rearview-mirror-mounted backup camera display, a USB interface, fabric upholstery, a sliding center console, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, a power moonroof, , a 10-way power driver's seat, and a 7-speaker audio system with subwoofer. On the safety front, every Crosstour includes six airbags, all of the expected electronic stability controls and active head restraints that tilt forward on impact to help prevent whiplash-related injuries.

Optional Equipment

Other than the voice-activated navigation system, optional equipment on the 2013 Crosstour is obtained by stepping up to a higher trim level. Notable tech features include Pandora Internet Radio and Aha Radio access, an 8-inch multi-information display with customizable settings, and a multi-angle rear backup camera with guidelines. While a Bluetooth hands-free phone system is included as standard fare, the basic Bluetooth audio profile that allows users to wirelessly stream music to the vehicle is reserved exclusively for the range-topping EX-L model. Other notable options include a new lane-departure warning system, keyless access with push-button start, and a blind spot monitor.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Honda Crosstour offers a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or an updated 3.5-liter V6 that produces a 278-horsepower. The V6 mill employs Honda's Variable Cylinder Management system, which allows the engine to run on three, four or six cylinders, depending on driving demands. A rather outdated 5-speed automatic is the only transmission available on 4-cylinder models, while V6-equipped Crosstours make use of a new 6-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

2.4-liter inline-4
192 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg

3.5-liter V6
278 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
252 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 mpg (front-wheel drive), 19/29 mpg (AWD)

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2013 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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