It’s a bit difficult trying to explain the 2013 Honda Crosstour to anyone. The best way we can find to describe it is to imagine Honda doing a Accord wagon and then sticking it on top of a raised suspension. Yes, we do get some strange looks when we describe it. But in our defense, the Accord Crosstour is a strange vehicle. One where we are still wondering why Honda even decided to build it. Still the Crosstour seems to be a hit for a variety of buyers who are looking for a bit more space, but don’t want to jump to an SUV or large crossover.

For 2013, Honda has made some changes to the Crosstour to make it more appealing to buyers. Up front is a new front clip that features a larger grille and a revised set of headlights. The side profile features more pronounced fender flares and side skirts. Inside, the Crosstour gains Honda’s dual screen infotainment system: one screen sits on top of the center stack displaying information such as navigation, radio, and other items of note, while the other screen sits below it and provides controls for the audio. In the cargo space, Honda put in a massive underfloor compartment that can be filled with anything that you would like to keep from prying eyes.

The 2013 Honda Crosstour is available with two engines:

  • 2.4L, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder: 192 horsepower, 162 pound-feet of torque
  • 3.5L Earth Dreams 3.5L, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V6: 278 horsepower, 252 pound-feet of torque

Four-cylinder models use a five-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. V6 models use a six-speed automatic transmission and can be ordered with front-wheel or Honda’s Real Time 4WD system. V6 models also come with Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) which can turn off three cylinders to help improve fuel economy.

EPA rates the 2013 Honda Crosstour at,

  • 2.4L Four-Cylinder FWD: 22 City/31 Highway/25 Combined
  • 3.5L V6 FWD: 20 City/30 Highway/23 Combined
  • 3.5L V6 4WD: 19 City/28 Highway/22 Combined

A 2013 Honda Crosstour starts at $27,230 for the base EX front-wheel drive model and rises up to $37,090 for the top of the line 4WD EX-L Navi model. Competitors to the Honda Crosstour include the Subaru Outback, Toyota Venza, and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.