By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 6.9
Slotting somewhere between a wagon and crossover SUV, the 2014 Honda Crosstour looks like nothing that's roamed our roads before. As a sedan, wagon and SUV all rolled into one, the Crosstour could be considered a vehicular jack-of-all-trades – at least on paper. Because at the end of the day, the Honda Crosstour's one-size-fits-all nature brings about a number of compromises. For instance, the Toyota Venza, Ford Edge, and Subaru Outback simply outclass the Honda Crosstour when it comes to cargo space, while sedans like the Subaru Legacy and Ford Fusion offer superior driving dynamics as well as available all-wheel drive. For all its limitations, however, the 2014 Crosstour is, after all, a Honda. That brings with it a reputation for quality, fuel efficiency, and reliability.
If you crave the high level of quality and dependability for which the Accord sedan is renowned, but find its traditional trunk and lack of optional all-wheel drive too limiting, the 2014 Honda Crosstour could be right up your alley.
On the heels of last year's makeover, the Honda Crosstour carries over unchanged for the 2014 model year.
Driving Impressions Despite its unconventional looks, the Honda Crosstour's underpinnings are firmly rooted in the Honda Accord family sedan. On long stretches of open road, the Crosstour feels nearly...... as light and agile as its sedan-equivalent. The electrically-assisted steering is equally crisp and precise, while body roll and lean are kept to a minimum in all but the most hardcore driving situations. The 2014 Crosstour's 3,700-pound curb weight should act to hold it back, but acceleration and throttle response from the optional 278-horsepower V6 is quite impressive. Honda's Active Sound Control system cancels out unwanted engine and road noise for a quieter 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 surrounding bodywork.
HIDDEN REMOVABLE UTILITY BOX
Adding nearly two cubic feet of space to the rear cargo area, this removable plastic utility box is easily washable for storing items that would otherwise make a mess of the main compartment.
REAL TIME 4WD
Unlike the Honda Accord, the 2014 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.
Inside, the 2014 Honda Crosstour is nearly identical to the 8th-generation Accord sedan on which it is based. The dash layout is ergonomically smart and constructed with high-quality materials. The center stack features an attractive, high-tech appearance thanks in part to a pair of optional LCD screens. 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
From the outside, the 2014 Honda Crosstour looks like a 4-door Accord onto which a large, sloping rear end has been grafted. Despite last year's cosmetic "enhancements," we feel the Crosstour's odd proportions and over-the-top styling cues make it look more 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.
For about the same amount of money, the Honda Crosstour offers a far more extensive list of standard equipment than the Ford Edge or the Toyota Venza. In base form, the Crosstour includes auto on/off headlights, a backup camera with on-screen guidelines, a 10-way power driver's seat, a power moonroof, and a 7-speaker sound system with Bluetooth phone connectivity and a USB port. With regards to safety, all 2014 Honda Crosstours feature six airbags, the latest electronic stability aids, and active headrests designed to minimize whiplash-related injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
Apart from navigation and all-wheel drive, optional features for the 2014 Honda Crosstour are tied to trim level. Regardless of engine choice, every EX-L model includes forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery with heated front seats, and touch-screen audio with Pandora Internet radio and hands-free text messaging functionality. On a sour note, only EX-L models offer the basic Bluetooth profile that enables you to wirelessly stream music from your MP3 player or mobile phone to the vehicle. To put that into perspective, the vast majority of modern compact cars include Bluetooth audio streaming as standard fare.
The 2014 Honda Crosstour offers a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or a recently updated 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. The optional V6 employs Honda's Variable Cylinder Management system, which allows the engine to run on three, four or six cylinders, depending on load demands. A rather outdated 5-speed automatic is the only transmission available on 4-cylinder models, while V6-equipped Crosstours make use of a 6-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
192 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg
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 (all-wheel drive)
With a starting price of just over $28,200, the Honda Crosstour undercuts the Toyota Venza and Ford Edge by nearly $500. The Subaru Outback, on the other hand, opens at right around $24,300 and includes all-wheel drive at no additional cost. And, unlike the Toyota Venza, only the Crosstour's range-topping EX-L V6 trim can be had with all-wheel drive. To that end, it's worth noting that the EX-L V6 checks in close to $36,000. If you're ready for the next step, KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price Tool provides you with the necessary information to get the best deal on your next car. Whereas the majority of Honda products lead their respective classes in terms of resale value, the 2014 Crosstour is expected to hold only average 5-year residuals.
By judesays on Friday, July 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "total comfort! Love the style!"
Cons: "better gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love old vintage cars. I wanted a fashionable, comfortable, different looking, car with luxury and this car has it all. I wanted a car that I felt safe in and a dependable car. You can scat and scat-n-doodle out of the way because this car is not sluggish, never dragging like some cars I have had in the past. I told myself this may be the last car I own since I will retire soon and I decided to for once buy the new car that I really wanted and when I saw it I fell in love at first sight. You know how it is when that happens, it can only grow from there. I hope you enjoy yours as much."
11 people out of 20 found this review helpful
By PlainsGirl on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Never any maintenance that isn't routine."
Cons: "Must set side mirrors to remedy blind spot."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my 5th Honda in 15 years. Love the extra weight of the Crosstour over an Accord V6 (owned 3). Also, the additional height from the road means big trucks don't splash your windshield in rain or snow so you can't see. With A/C running, I can get 22-25 miles/gallon on the highway."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Mom Jom on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Worst Car Ever Owned
Pros: "Fun to drive"
Cons: "Expensive to own and unreliable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I was excited to down size from my mini vans to a fun and sporty car. This quickly changed in the first year we owned the 2010 Crosstour. On four occasions during 3 years of ownership I lost full power on the interstate going 60-70 mph during rush hour. Upon being towed to the Honda dealership no problems were ever located, it just needed new spark plugs. Really? How many new cars need to have spark plugs replaced and how many times? Honda was less than responsive and never resolved the problem. The layout of the climate control and radio/navigation system was challenging and poorly planned. Often requiring you to take your eyes off the road to use. The newer models did not improve much either. Gas mileage was less than impressive and faired worse than my Chrysler mini vans. The oil changes were pricey given the need for synthetic oil. Essentially making this a more expensive car to maintain. The trunk lacks a light leaving missed groceries often. A power lift gate is needed for this beast. Most models in this price range have a power lift gate."
11 people out of 21 found this review helpful