This year’s model of the Honda Crosstour has many notable changes to it from bumper to bumper. Industry experts have seen the 2013 model at the New York International Auto Show where it has gone from concept to the first year that it is available to the general public. Originally, this car was the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour before Honda gave it a simpler and more attractive name. Styling is the first big change with the debuting model year having a brand new grille and front bumper. On the rear bumper, the tailgate has been re-engineered to let the Crosstour have a more rustic and wider appearance. The concept’s 19-inch five-spoke wheels have been modified to have a slightly smaller and better looking 18-inch design. In fact, the entire car has undergone different levels of change from the concept car; some speculate that because the concept car’s looks, design and pictures were almost given away by Honda as the car evolved from a proto-type to a vehicle available to the public. Overall, this five-door hatchback model has a more powerful six-cylinder engine, better styling, a better interior trim, and a raised suspension that gives this new model from Honda the best chances of succeeding with consumers.
Looking at the exterior, the 2013 Honda has many noticeable changes from its predecessor concept models. Along with the new styling, Honda has added a gray polymer lower body, re-engineered wheels, more color options and “skid plate” elements to the back and front bumpers. The side view mirror on the operator’s side is going to be increased; this will enable the driver to see pedestrians on the road and other vehicles when passing. The 19-inch wheels are no longer going to be available for this car.
Looking inside, there are many features that spell comfort and convenience. Interior upholstery and materials are going to be made more durable after the concept’s original materials proved too fragile. There is also an eight-inch screen that enables drivers to use the navigation and entertainment systems. This screen also gives on-demand information regarding the car’s instrumentation. There is also an exterior, rear camera to aid in backing up, paddle shifters for the six-cylinder models, Bluetooth hands-free capability, USB capability, voice-operated texting, Pandora Internet radio, keyless entry and a push-button ignition system. Beyond the standard features for the 2013 Crosstour, there are countless other upgrade options for this vehicle. Upholstery can be upgraded to leather, a premium stereo system is better, there are independent driver and front passenger climate control.
Looking at the space inside for both driver and occupants, reviewers have given it mixed reviews. As one believes the vehicles taller body will give everyone more room, real-world experience says otherwise. While getting in and out of the car is markedly better than Honda’s concept models, the curved roofline has proven to give marginal improvements when it comes to increasing headroom for the rear passenger seating areas. While the seats do fold down to lengthy objects, the car’s cargo area is compromised through its angled glass, raised cargo floor and rear suspension strut towers that really make the cargo space narrow than is conducive for carrying ample goods.
There are many different trim, color and powertrain options for the 2013 Honda Crosstour. Looking at its base model, the EX, it only comes in a two-wheel drive option. This trim model comes in either a grey or black exterior cover and only has a black interior color. The EX-L trim level is available in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options. The two wheel drive option is available in both the grey and black exterior options and the standard black interior. However, the four-wheel drive option gives consumers the choice of an Ivory interior with a dark brown exterior color or a black interior color with the following exterior color options: white, grey, black or red. The top tier trim level, the EX-L Navi is available in only a four-wheel drive option and has the same color options at the four-wheel drive EX-L model.
Taking a peak under the hood gives consumers a powerful engine that does no compromise fuel efficiency for the 2013 Honda Crosstour. Every new 2013 model features a 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with it only available in front-wheel-drive. Producing more than 271 horsepower, it does not sacrifice its fuel efficiency because it now features Variable Cylinder Management as part of its current engine improvements. Combine this with Honda’s automatic four-wheel-drive optional traction system and paddle shifters for its automatic transmission, virtually nothing is sacrificed and everything is gained.
Even though there is a six-cylinder engine under this car’s hood, it does not impinge upon fuel efficiency in the slightest. The most recent fuel efficiency ratings for this car have it at 21/29/24 city/highway/combined. Therefore, even though there is a powerful engine under the hood providing enough power for safety and responsiveness, it still gives owners a great deal when it comes to filling up on gas.
When it comes to safety, nothing is lacking so its passengers, drivers and others will be 100% safe. This car comes standard with four-wheel disc brakes that feature Honda’s proprietary electronic brake-force distribution and its brake assist technology. Its other proprietary technology is its Advanced Compatibility Engineering technology; this helps the car’s frame, not its driver and occupants sustain the energy which minimizes injuries. Other safety features include passive stability and traction control, six expertly placed air bags, a camera to help operators backup safely and wider than industry standard driver’s side view mirrors to ensure there are no blind-spot issues. Other safety features include collision and lane-departure warning systems.
Looking at this car from its concept models to its first year as a vehicle available to the public, it has advanced leaps and bounds. However, there is much improvement needed, especially in the cargo and interior spaces for driver and passengers alike. Time will tell and further improvements will be evaluated as Honda receives feedback from its initial customers of one of its newest cars.