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2013 Honda Crosstour

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2013 Honda Crosstour Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.0

A scaled-down alternative to traditional SUVs, the 2013 Honda Crosstour is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma wrapped in sheet metal. Think of it as the Swiss Army Knife of automobiles – equal parts sedan, wagon and SUV. But like a Swiss Army Knife, the Honda Crosstour's all-in-one design inherently limits the full potential of its various functions. For instance, the sloping roofline compromises both cargo versatility and overall styling, providing its more visually appealing rivals like the Toyota Venza, Ford Edge and Subaru Outback with a near 30-percent advantage in cargo space. Nonetheless, the 2013 Crosstour might be the ticket for those who appreciate the impressive build quality of the Honda Accord sedan but find its conventional trunk and lack of optional all-wheel drive (AWD) too limiting.

You'll Like This Car If...

If sedan-like driving characteristics top your list of priorities, the 2013 Honda Crosstour could be the wagonoid you've been looking for. Class-leading fuel economy figures, along with Honda's enviable reputation for reliability, make the Crosstour a solid choice for buyers who favor substance over style.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Today's marketplace is teeming with SUVs that offer significantly more cargo room than the 2013 Crosstour. In addition, a similarly-priced Ford Explorer or Toyota Highlander includes a comparable level of standard equipment as well as a third row of seating (unavailable on the Honda).

What's New for 2013

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.

Driving the Crosstour

Driving Impressions Despite its unconventional looks, the 2013 Honda Crosstour's underpinnings are firmly rooted in the Honda Accord family sedan. On long stretches of open road, the Crosstour possesses the same light...

and agile driving dynamics as its sedan-equivalent. The handling is crisp and precise, with body roll and lean kept to a minimum in all but the most hardcore driving situations. The 2013 Crosstour's 3,700-pound curb weight should act to hold it back, but acceleration and throttle response from the 278-horsepower V6 is quite impressive. Honda's Active Sound Control system cancels out unwanted engine and road noise for a more quiet 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 the bodywork that surrounds it.

HIDDEN REMOVABLE UTILITY BOX
Made of plastic for easy cleanup, the removable utility box adds some two cubic feet of concealed storage space to the rear cargo area.

REAL TIME 4WD
Unlike the Honda Accord, the 2013 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.

2013 Honda Crosstour Details
2013 Honda Crosstour photo Interior

The interior of the 2013 Honda Crosstour is nearly identical to the 8th-generation Accord sedan on which it is based. The cabin is tightly constructed with new high-quality materials. The center stack features an attractive, high-tech appearance, but it's excessively cluttered with identical-looking buttons. 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
2013 Honda Crosstour photo

From the outside, the 2013 Honda Crosstour looks like a 4-door Accord onto which a large, sloping rear end has been grafted. Despite the cosmetic "enhancements" for 2013, we still feel the Crosstour's odd proportions and over-the-top styling cues make it look more like a 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard features on the 2013 Honda Crosstour consist of auto-on/off headlights, a rearview-mirror-mounted backup camera display, a USB interface, fabric upholstery, a sliding center console, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, a power moonroof, , a 10-way power driver's seat, and a 7-speaker audio system with subwoofer. On the safety front, every Crosstour includes six airbags, all of the expected electronic stability controls and active head restraints that tilt forward on impact to help prevent whiplash-related injuries.

Optional Equipment

Other than the voice-activated navigation system, optional equipment on the 2013 Crosstour is obtained by stepping up to a higher trim level. Notable tech features include Pandora Internet Radio and Aha Radio access, an 8-inch multi-information display with customizable settings, and a multi-angle rear backup camera with guidelines. While a Bluetooth hands-free phone system is included as standard fare, the basic Bluetooth audio profile that allows users to wirelessly stream music to the vehicle is reserved exclusively for the range-topping EX-L model. Other notable options include a new lane-departure warning system, keyless access with push-button start, and a blind spot monitor.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Honda Crosstour offers a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or an updated 3.5-liter V6 that produces a 278-horsepower. The V6 mill employs Honda's Variable Cylinder Management system, which allows the engine to run on three, four or six cylinders, depending on driving demands. A rather outdated 5-speed automatic is the only transmission available on 4-cylinder models, while V6-equipped Crosstours make use of a new 6-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

2.4-liter inline-4
192 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg

3.5-liter V6
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 (AWD)

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2013 Honda Crosstour Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 140 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Of all the cars I have ever owned - rate this a 2

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
2/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Cute exterior"

Cons: "Interior ugly and hard to clean, locking design"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I haven't liked this car since two weeks into ownership. It drives like a cheap car. It's only "pro" lies in its cuteness. What I despise the most is the interior. Even though mine is considered tan, everything but the seats is black! The carpet appears to have been woven with Velcro in mind. This darn thing makes its own decision about when it should lock itself. It's so very aggravating to exit the car, walk to the back to get packages only to have to return to the front (no matter the weather) to unlock the hatch. The paint finish isn't all that great either. OBVIOUSLY designed by a man, nothing attractive about the interior and the new electronic control panels are difficult to get used to as so much of it is redundant. But iisnt it nice the way its so very manly looking in a blue light computer sort of way! Be nice if it made sense."

Great handling for a crossover

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Handling and comfort"

Cons: "Cargo capacity"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Extremely comfortable ride for 4 full size adults. Handling is awesome for a vehicle this size. Cargo area is limited due to shock towers."

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great road car

By on Wednesday, November 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Performance"

Cons: "Plastic parts (fade) and tacky floor mats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Another good Honda product. Mechanically it's been close to perfect. Rides OK, mileage 22-25 in town and 28-32 on highway. The problem seeing through the rear window is minimal. It forces you to use your side mirror which is actually safer. My biggest complaint lies with materials. The upper door panels are plastic and were faded when purchased new. The "roping" around moon roof was also very faded on purchase. Both were reported to Honda, photo's were taken but I never got a response. The other issue was the floor mats, at 45K they started wearing through. Very cheap material much like the other products above. Bottom line, if you can put up with some cheap and tacky workmanship, you'll have a very dependable car. This is my 7th Honda and I'm very disappointed at the material workmanship and will look at other options in the next year when I'm ready for a new car."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great Value

By on Tuesday, November 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 350

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great smooth ride, well built solid car."

Cons: "Takes a bit to get used to the rear window."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I was a bit hesitant to buy a Crosstour due to some of the negative reviews, but I decided to go for it due to the versatility of the vehicle and the deep discounts dealers are offering. Roughly (presently) about $7K or so off of MSRP for the EX-L 4WD version. Took a bit to get used to the split rear window, but with the rear camera activation for backing up and right turns, it's just fine. It's a great ride, and I feel safe in it with my family, as it's a solidly built car. The V6 is silky smooth and will get up and go when you need it. For the horsepower you get combined with the great fuel mileage for this sized vehicle, the V6 4WD is a great value at the prices they are selling them for."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Under Appreciated

By on Saturday, October 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "design, unique, storage, interior space"

Cons: "cargo light"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The car budget was tight, so I took a chance on the CT because of the deals they had been offering. First, the disappointments. A light in the cargo area was a silly oversight. The wheel wells are deep, cutting into the cargo space. And the four cylinder is adequate. And come on, include the cargo cover for goodness sake. Snarking aside. I like this thing. And I am a bit of fincky one. I had considered a Mini Roadster, a Lexus 200, and an LR2. The CT is a stand apart. It provides the funky fun of the others with the reliablity of a Honda. The interior is comfortable, well thought out, and well crafted. It makes for a nice drive. The extras are surprising, giving the car a luxury feel. The passenger side camera is a wonderful addition, countering the concerns with blind spots. The dash is convenient and attractive. The design that the critics love to hate makes it a distinctive, fun thing--a pleasant diversion from the ubiquitous Audi knockoffs and Explorer look alikes. It is a break from the usually stodgy, Victorian Honda styling. I am pleased with the price, with the quality, with the design. I owe the critics a thank you. The lackluster sales saved me around 4K."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

My Dream Vehicle

By on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Lots of cargo capacity, great value, great design"

Cons: "none, in my opinion"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have been wanting and looking for a V6 AWD Crosstour for years. I have owned Honda before and always thought it to be a very reliable but fun vehicle. The CT gives me all the space I need and drives well. I believe it to be well made and designed. I originally did not like the dual screens on the interior, but it is very useful. I get good gas mileage and have plenty of power."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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