- More powerful V-6.
- Slight styling tweaks.
- Safety upgrades.
Why It Matters
- Honda Crosstour sales have slumped, so something had to be done.
- Honda is determined to make the Crosstour ‘work.’
2013 Honda Crosstour Concept Debut: Notable Features
- Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system.
- Optional Real Time four-wheel drive.
- Improved interior materials.
2013 Honda Crosstour Concept Debut: Styling
The 2013 Honda Crosstour Concept looks quite a bit like the first generation of the crossover with the addition of a more aggressive front end treatment as well as a few other changes to the vehicle’s trim. The inside of the car is a styling mystery thanks to Honda’s blacked-out windows and locked door policy, but the company insists that improvements are on the way in the form of paddle shifters, keyless entry and an eight-inch, dash-mounted LCD display.
2013 Honda Crosstour Concept Debut: Under The Hood
The 2013 Honda Crosstour Concept is motivated by either a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine offering up 192 horsepower or a revised 3.5-liter V-6 that will offer more than the 271 ponies available in from the similar motor currently found in the Crosstour. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard with the four-cylinder while the V-6 gains a six-speed auto and cylinder-deactivation technology to help with fuel economy.
2013 Honda Crosstour Concept Debut: Competition
It’s really hard to say what vehicles are cross-shopped against the Crosstour Concept, because although Honda positions the vehicle as a mid-size premium crossover the market sees it very differently. Fans of mid-size wagons could conceivably be interested in test-driving the Crosstour.
Why We Like It
We admire Honda’s determination to show mid-size crossover buyers why the 2013 Honda Crosstour Concept should not be overlooked – we just wish that they had brought a more compelling design to the New York Auto Show.
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