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.
Pros: "form & function, can't beat it, love the power"
Cons: "wish it had LED lights, a little better mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Long time Honda owner. I had no awareness of this car (had my Accord for 12 years) until I went car shopping with my friend & fell in love with it. Of course, I then had to have it though I did consider getting another (would have been 3rd) Accord. While the Accord is a great car, it is a bit of a snooze in the excitement department. I splurged & got the 6 cylinder/4WD/Navi model & am soooo happy with it. I spend my day driving to numerous stops as part of my job so I need comfort as well as reliability & space. I couldn't be more satisfied. I absolutely love the utility provided in a comfortable & stylish way & the oomph of 6 cylinders when I need it. I get compliments constantly. While it's too bad it wasn't more widely accepted & met its demise for that reason, I appreciate having something that is not mainstream."
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""
"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."