Rolling into showrooms in limited quantities just prior to its official unveiling in Los Angeles, the 2013 Honda Crosstour boasts numerous visual and mechanical changes aimed at enhancing its appeal and adding value to the mix. The exterior gets a bolder look thanks largely to a redone front clip that features a more prominent grille treatment, edgier fascia lines revised foglamps and a brushed aluminum skid plate. The rear gets a similar redo, gaining some new contours and an aluminum diffuser. Reshaped fender flares and new lower sills complete the look.

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The Crosstour's cabin also benefits from a similar kind of "purposeful" remake adding more premium materials and features, including a standard rearview camera, Expanded View Drivers Mirror and reshaped rear headrests. All 2013 models except the 4-cylinder EX also come with Lane Watch blind-spot camera, while the leather-trimmed EX-L gains Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, HondaLink featuring Aha compatibility and Smart Entry with Push Button start.

The 2013 Crosstour remake also extends underhood. While the 192-horsepower/2.4-liter 4-cylinder and 5-speed automatic transmission carry over in the front-drive EX /EX-L models, the front-drive/AWD EX-L and beyond get a new and more powerful (278 vs 271 horses) yet more fuel-efficient "Earth Dreams" version of Honda's 3.5-liter V6 with Variable Cylinder Management that's now backed by a new, paddle-shiftable 6-speed automatic in place of the previous 5-speed automatic transmission.

As a final bit of good news, pricing for the most affordable model, the 2013 Honda Crosstour 2WD EX, opens at $28,060 which is a $525 drop from the 2012 figure. At the top end of the range, the Crosstour 4WD EX-L Navi opens at $37,920.

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