The Honda Crosstour was originally named the Honda Accord Crosstour upon its release, as the Japanese auto manufacturer hoped to capitalize on the popularity of its Accord mid-size sedan and coupe. The Accord Crosstour, a full-size crossover sport utility vehicle, was designed to fit in just below the Honda Pilot in the company’s sport utility vehicle lineup. The Accord Crosstour boasts crossover capabilities, but it was designed to function more like a hatchback or a station wagon, and was based on the platform of the Honda Accord sedan. Though the Crosstour has a longer wheelbase than the Pilot, its raked hatch means that the Crosstour has less cargo capacity than the Pilot and can hold only two rows of seats as compared to the Pilot’s three rows of seating. Much like the Honda Accord mid-size competed primarily with the Toyota Camry sedan, the Accord Crosstour’s main competition in the market is the Toyota Venza, a crossover SUV that was based on the Camry. Both the Crosstour and the Venza were designed to replace the wagon variants of their corresponding sedans. The Honda Accord Crosstour went on sale in the last quarter of 2009 as a 2010 model year vehicle, priced slightly higher than the Honda Accord sedan. Through the Crosstour’s life, it has been sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, the Middle East, and China. Chinese-market Crosstour vehicles are built in China by a Chinese subsidiary of Honda, though all other Crosstours are built in a Honda assembly plant in Ohio in the United States.
The Accord Crosstour’s drivetrain features two engine options: an inline-four that produces 192 horsepower, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, and a front-mounted 3.5-liter V6 engine that yields 278 horsepower and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Crosstour comes standard in front-wheel-drive, but buyers of the V6 engine can opt for an all-wheel-drive upgrade. The base model’s four-cylinder engine earned Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings of 22 miles per gallon city, 31 highway, and 25 combined. Fuel economy suffers just slightly when upgrading to the V6; that drivetrain is rated for 20 miles per gallon city, 30 highway, 23 combined. Four-cylinder Crosstours get 17-inch alloy wheels; V6 models get an upgrade to 18-inch alloys.
In 2012, Honda decided to drop the “Accord” from the name, leaving the vehicle to stand on its own as the Crosstour. This is also when the aforementioned four-cylinder engine option became available; early Crosstour buyers all got the V6. The next model year, 2013, the Crosstour received a facelift that was previewed at the New York International Auto Show in April of 2012. The revised Crosstour saw a minor drop in the base price as well as a handful of new standard features. The V6 drivetrain got minor upgrades to improve fuel efficiency, the interior was redesigned, and drivers were treated to a new 10-way power seat. Options for that model year included a lane departure warning system, a forward collision warning system, and an upgraded rear view camera with additional viewing angles. The Honda Crosstour is scheduled to remain in production through the 2014 model year.