Honda has announced the full details and pricing of the facelifted 2013 Crosstour. A “concept” version was unveiled earlier this year at the New York Auto Show. The most significant feature of the updated Accord-based crossover is the Crosstour’s new maw, which is not as rotund and is more like a crossover than before.
The Crosstour has a squared-off, chrome grille treatment that links it better to the 2013 Accord and Civic sedans than the exceedingly wide grille of the 2010-2012 model. It comes with a revised lower front fascia that integrates chrome touches in the bigger foglight surrounds and the faux skidplate. At the back, we see a silver-painted skid plate, new reflectors, and model badging placed lower on the hatch.
The Crosstour has a blacked-out trim and new wheels, giving it a more squared-off and attractive overall appearance. Furthermore, its interior seems to have copied from the 2013 Accord’s playbook.
A new, smaller touchscreen has been added to the HondaLink infotainment system’ center stack on the high-end EX-L models. Offered as standard on the EX-L are forward collision and lane departure warning systems.
The new LaneWatch blind spot camera is featured on all Crosstours except for the base four-cylinder EX. However, a backup camera is available as standard across the board. Honda will still offer a 2.4-liter I-4 rated at 192 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque partnered with a five-speed automatic, which is available with just front-wheel drive.
As an option, Honda offers an Earth Dreams 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers 278 hp and 252 lb-ft, which replaces the 3.5-liter V-6 from last year. The engine is coupled with an all-new six-speed automatic and is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Honda was able to raise the fuel economy of the four-cylinder Crosstour so it can now return 22/31 mpg city/highway, an improvement from 21/29 mpg last year.
Even V-6 models received an enhanced fuel economy. The front-wheel drive variants increase by two mpg across the board to 20/29 mpg city/highway. On the other hand, the all-wheel drive Crosstours gain two mpg on the highway to achieve an 18/28 mpg rating. It has a starting price of $28,060 for the entry-level, two-wheel drive Crosstour EX, which is actually $525 lower than the price for the 2012 model.