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 ISAQUE on Monday, January 26, 2015
I owned and sold this car
Reason: BUY CRV
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I had a Crosstour 2010 with 65k miles and regretted the exchanged for a CRV 2013 has not comparison the two cars, the very best Crosstour in relation to comfort and stability on a trip or even in cities."
25 people out of 43 found this review helpful
By englishswede on Thursday, January 15, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "snappy power, agile on corners, spacious. and fun"
Cons: "rear view tight, turning radius,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I saw this car on display at Costco and was fascinated by it from the start. I like the style and the cargo room it provides. I like the spacious cargo area that it can provide (6 foot ladder is no problem) in this SUV. I like the fact that it is sporty but has the versatility I need. The 4 cylinder 192 HP engine has plenty of go for me. I absolutely LOVE the backup cam. And for a 3,700LB. car it corners amazing with very little lean. I like the ability to start out in 2nd gear during slippery conditions during the winter. The turning radius is wider than I would like for parking and the rear view has some blind spots that you need to get used to."
16 people out of 32 found this review helpful
By DDP on Tuesday, December 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ground Clearance, Highway MPG, Backup/Side Cameras"
Cons: "City MPG"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My 2013 Crosstour has everything I wanted, except CITY fuel efficiency. I expected better than I'm getting with regards to CITY fuel efficiency, which makes that hit even more painful. However, highway MPGs are phenomenal and really make up for the loss, considering I live in a state with much rural travel time. That said, within the first thousand miles, we had to drive cross country in the car for a funeral, and 5,000 miles later, we were completely convinced we had made the right purchase. We averaged around 32 MPG on that trip. The comfort for three people and small dog was everything you could hope for on a 5 day, round-trip in a car. We only stopped for sleeping and a eating breaks. It was a ruthless trip, but the comfort of the Crosstour made it doable and halfway enjoyable. The backup camera and side view camera are awesome. The interior design is easy to adjust to - including controls for radio/settings/HVAC. The cargo space is plenty for a couple with pets or a couple kids. It's especially great when carting around older relatives who have trouble getting in and out of most other vehicles, because the ground clearance is superb. All cars should have the same ground clearance of the Crosstour, it's the perfect height for easy-on-the-body entrance and exit of a vehicle. Lastly, this is a vehicle that I feel safe in. We hit a deer going about 50mph ourselves, and the deer about 40mph. The passenger headlight took the brunt of the hit, and it didn't even crack. It did do some damage to the fender and some mounting parts behind the fender/light, but I was thoroughly impressed with the light still holding on and working after taking that hit. Overall, I give the car a 8/10. Truly, we do more city driving than anything else, and getting the MPG of a pickup truck is hurting the car's rating."
32 people out of 60 found this review helpful