The 2013 Honda Crosstour SUV Crossover comes with a choice of two impressive engines to appeal to a variety of drivers. The first is a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a five-speed automatic to deliver 192 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. That does not seem like a ton of power, but fuel economy certainly makes up for any performance it is lacking, returning 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Then, there is also a 3.5-liter V6 with a six-speed automatic , which work together to produce 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 60 mph is achieved in an impressive 7.5 seconds and fuel economy is not as horrible as you might expect, yielding 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Unfortunately, this vehicle is just not equipped to tow much more than 1,000 pounds. One huge downfall is that the Crosstour has a massive 40.2-foot turning circle. This is significantly bigger than most SUVs on the road, making it difficult to maneuver and park in tight spaces. As far as handling goes, despite the large turning circle, the vehicle is still surprisingly responsive. The ride quality is comfortable and smooth, and the cabin remains quiet.
• Audio - The audio system is not awful, but it does not compete with what is found in other vehicles. A seven-speaker system produces 360 watts of power, and comes with a six-disc CD changer, auxiliary input jack and USB audio interface.
• Navigation - The available Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System can recognize more than 1,500 voice commands, and stores seven million points of interest.
• Engine Start/Stop Button - Never fumble for your keys again. This feature recognizes the key fob in your pocket or purse and allows you to start your vehicle with the push of a button.
There is no shortage of safety features in the Honda Crosstour. It does have a long braking distance, taking 131 feet to stop from 60 mph, but it receives top safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in roof, front and side-impact crash tests. A few of the many safety features to appreciate include:
• Blind spot monitoring
• Forward collisions warning
• Stability control
• Lane departure warning
• Traction control
• Tire pressure monitoring
• Electronic brakeforce distribution
• Dusk sensing headlamps
• Engine immobilizer
• Emergency braking assist
• Seatbelt pretensioners
• Ventilated brakes
• Child seat anchors
Clearly, the highlight of the vehicle is the exterior. There is no denying that the Crosstour is one of the best looking vehicles on the road. An athletic stance and sporty lines serve as the perfect foundation to exceptional features, like a streamlined tailgate, new front bumper and grille, fin-type roof-mounted antenna and 18-inch alloy wheels. This is a vehicle that looks great from every angle.
You might expect the Crosstour to not have that much headroom, based on its styling, but you will be quite surprised. The inside is spacious with a respectable amount of leg and headroom in both rows. Plus, the seats all the way around are quite comfortable and supportive. The design is modern and thoughtful, and those who have been in Honda Accord will notice the similarities, as the vehicle inspired the cabin of Crosstour. The only flaw is that the center stack is quite busy with a ton of buttons. Plus, if you add on the optional navigation system it becomes even more overwhelming.
Cargo space definitely will not blow you away in this vehicle. Behind the rear seat there is a respectable 25.7 cubic feet, but only 51.3 cubes overall.