Slotting somewhere between a wagon and crossoverSUV, 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.
You'll Like This Car If...
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.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Most prospective SUV shoppers place cargo space and versatility at the top of their priority list. If that's indeed the case, we suggest you consider the Toyota Venza, Subaru Outback, or the value-priced 7-passenger Kia Sorento and Nissan Rogue.
On the heels of last year's makeover, the Honda Crosstour carries over unchanged for the 2014 model year.
Driving the Crosstour
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.
2014 Honda Crosstour Details
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.
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.
Under the Hood
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.
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.
Cons: "Feels cheap, aggravating technology and door locks"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I feel like the car drives like a toy. I had a Honda Accord in the early 80's that I loved and drove over 200,000 miles but I can't wait to get rid of this one. The MOST aggravating thing is the annoying way you have to open the hatch. Forget approaching the vehicle with packages; you have to put them down, hit the button on the fob several times and then manually lift the hatch. Why not AT LEAST put a latch release inside the drivers door? I've had this car for over a year and it never fails that every door locks and cannot be unlocked without walking back around the car to hit the button on the drivers side. Additionally, I find the interior cabin quite tight. It is absolutely impossible to use the storage compartment between the seats, you'd have to be a contortionist. The USB port cannot be reached from the drivers seat even without wearing the seatbelt. You have to exit the car and kneel on the seat. But my personal favorite pet peeve is the fact that while I deliberately bought a non-black interior the flooring is still black and the carpet has all the properties of Velcro. I even bought tan bath mats to put I the floor of the back but it, of course, they don't stay put. Honda doesnt even sell tan car mats as far as I can find out. The car is very hot with all that black. (And hard to keep clean.)
The technology is redundant and difficult to use.
I've never had a car I dislike more unless perhaps it was the first Saturn back in the early 90s."
Cons: "mileage is ok, back view, turning radius, stereo"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Went looking for a replacement for my 2013 Acura Tsx Sport Wagon with Tech, after this past winter. Acura RDX was not discounted very much and the ride was stiff. Mazda CX5 didn't feel as nice as I hoped, but was ok. Edge was nice, but big. CRV has a CVT - did not like that at ALL. Drove the Crosstour just to see if I liked it, and I drove it home the next day. Great Driving 4wd vehicle. The ride is amazing, and smooth. LOVE the Double Wishbone Front suspension, always have. The back view is awful, but not to hard to get used to. I got the 4WD EXL V6 Navi for 33.4K ($38.3K) sticker. Roomy enough for my stuff and two Retrievers"
"Have had this car for 3 years, when I told my wife I was going to buy her a new Crosstour she refused to let her Crosstour go. She said the new ones didn't have the stance or aggressive looks the 2012 does. It has made many trip to Florida down the east coast. Even though it's 3 years old it still get compliments. Has had no problems. Great ride plenty of room and gets better than advertised gas millage. Never sees the belly side of 80 and still gives me 30 mpg highway. Great storage space in back. And rear leg space is plenty for a 6 footer. Can't say enough positive things about this car."