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.
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.
Since the body of the new Honda Accord Crosstour is made from 46-percent high strength steel (340 grade or above), it is not only strong and rigid, it is safe as well. This rigidity results to high levels of ride comfort, quietness and vehicle dynamics.
Amazingly, Honda’s ACE Body structure is designed to improve frontal collision compatibility between vehicles with various bumper heights. Its Maximum Efficiency Floor (MEF) design features a network of longitudinal rails, floor cross-members and pillar reinforcements – all of which allow for higher degrees of handling, crash safety and packaging efficiency. Moreover, the Accord Crosstour comes with high tensile strength steel tubular beams inside the door structure, which delivers more intrusion resistance.
The occupants of the new Honda Accord Crosstour are sure to enjoy a smooth ride and a more silent cabin. This is thanks to the fact that the new Honda Accord Crosstour is designed to have low levels of Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH). To lower NVH, Honda made two approaches. One of these is employing traditional insulation on the floor, doors and firewall. For instance, Honda employed a triple door-seal system to further minimize wind and road noise. Honda also strategically used insulation in the rear fender wells to minimize road noise. In addition, the Japanese carmaker employed various active systems on the engine and audio system, each designed to cancel certain types of unwanted engine noise.
Furthermore, Honda heightened the Accord Crosstour’s aerodynamic performance by employing body rear spoiler and under-covers as well as a deflector under the front bumper and front strakes. Likewise, aerodynamic performance was improved through optimum inclination of the tailgate.