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.
Changes for 2012 are limited to the Crosstour EX Wagon and include the addition of auto on/off headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB audio interface. The Accord prefix is dropped, making official what everyone has been calling the Crosstour since its debut.
Honda calls its 2012 Crosstour a CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle), but we're not so sure. The 2012 Honda Crosstour is part wagon, part sedan, part CUV and 100-percent different. Riding on the same platform as the Honda Accord Sedan the Crosstour Wagon is given clearance to do more, with larger springs that elevate it six inches from the ground, and an available all-wheel-drive system that permits the Crosstour safe passage in foul weather. Defining what the Crosstour represents is easy; defining its competitors, however, is a bit more difficult. The Subaru Outback Wagon might be a good match, only it has more ground clearance, a permanently engaged all-wheel-drive system and more usable cargo hold. One might also pick some of the smaller CUVs such as the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 as Crosstour competitors, but neither has the athletic good looks or performance-oriented suspension of the 2012 Honda Crosstour. One might even argue that the Accord sedan itself is a competitor, providing the same interior layout, attention to detail and powerful yet fuel-efficient V6 engine. If the 2012 Crosstour Wagon's offbeat good looks don't stop you dead in your tracks, it may be a viable alternative to the bland sedan or ubiquitous CUV.