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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.

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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 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."

4 people out of 4 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."

5 people out of 9 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."

9 people out of 11 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."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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
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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 33 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."

18 people out of 35 found this review helpful

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