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2013 Honda Crosstour Preview

4/30/2013
Fast Facts:
  • 5-passenger seating
  • New 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Available smartphone-linked infotainment system
  • 4- and 6-cylinder engine options
  • Up to 51.3 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seat folded
  • 4 trim levels offered

Introduction
After three years on the market, the 2013 Honda Crosstour arrives with revised styling, new technology features, powertrain upgrades, increased fuel economy, and improved interior materials. EX, EX-L, EX V-6, and EX-L V-6 trim levels are offered, and car shoppers have the choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) capability.

Exterior Features
All versions of the 2013 Honda Crosstour are equipped with a power tilt/slide moonroof, rear window wiper, automatic headlights, fog lights, and heated power outside mirrors. A tilt-down feature, activated when the transmission is shifted into reverse, is added to mirrors on Crosstour EX-L and EX-L V-6 variants. Other exterior amenities include alloy wheels, chrome trim, and rear privacy glass.

Interior Features
The EPA has classified the 2013 Honda Crosstour as a small SUV, one that offers 5-passenger seating and up to 51.3 cubic feet of cargo space when its 60/40 split-folding rear seat is down. The EX also features Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio buttons, 10-way power driver's seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a backup camera display. Rounding out the array of standard amenities is a 360-watt sound system with USB and auxiliary input jacks.

For Crosstour EX-L, EX V-6 and EX-L V-6 trim levels, the list of equipment grows to include dual-zone climate control, push-button start, 4-way power front-passenger seat, and an 8-inch center screen that serves as the user interface for USB devices and paired smartphones.

As their names imply, EX-L and EX-L V-6 add leather upholstery and trim, as well as premium speakers, satellite radio service, heated front seats, and memory settings for the driver.

Optional Features
Honda's voice-activated navigation system is the only factory option available for the 2013 Crosstour, and includes related steering wheel-mounted controls, real-time traffic information, and 16 GB of memory for audio files. Availability is limited to EX-L and EX-L V-6 trim levels.

Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive 2013 Honda Crosstour is available with a choice of two power plants, one of which is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Output measures 192 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. The second option is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that now delivers 278 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque, and is available with front- and all-wheel-drive Crosstour models. In place of the 5-speed is a new 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Complimenting these powertrains is a front double-wishbone suspension with a shock tower brace added for extra rigidity, an independent multi-link rear setup, and stabilizer bars. All Crosstour models deliver 6.2 inches of ground clearance.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Honda Crosstour are:

  • Crosstour FWD with 4-cylinder engine: 22/31/25 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Crosstour FWD with V-6 engine: 20/30/23 mpg
  • Crosstour AWD: 19/28/22 mpg

Safety
The 2013 Honda Crosstour is equipped with 6 air bags, front active head restraints, traction control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, and brake assist. Forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems are standard on EX-L and EX-L V-6 trims.

In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Crosstour received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset crash protection; the Crosstour also received a "Top Safety Pick" designation from the Institute. As this preview is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated the 2013 Honda Crosstour for crashworthiness.

Technology
The 2013 Honda Crosstour's V-6 engine delivers EPA-estimated fuel economy reaching up to 30 mpg on the highway. Part of the credit goes to cylinder-deactivation technology, which shuts down two or three cylinders under light load situations.

Also noteworthy is LaneWatch, a new blind-spot monitoring system that's standard on all but the base Crosstour EX. Activated by turning on the right turn signal, a camera mounted on the passenger outside mirror transmits an image to the 8-inch center screen. Honda suggests LaneWatch provides a much broader view than drivers would get by looking over their shoulder.

Another feature found only on the 2013 Honda Crosstour's upper trims is an infotainment system that can read incoming text messages and, when paired with a compatible smartphone using the HondaLink app, links the driver to Internet radio, podcasts, and audible news feeds.

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