New Honda Crosstour receives new updates for 2013

The 2013 Honda Crosstour has received extensive updates, including more purposeful exterior styling, significant upgrades to the interior design and materials, and a more powerful and more fuel-efficient Earth Dreams V6 engine coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. For the first time in Canada, the Crosstour features a standard 4-cylinder engine. The 2013 Honda Crosstour goes on sale November 21, 2012, and pricing begins at $28,990. Expanding the appeal of Crosstour by offering a new EX 4-cylinder entry-level trim, starting MSRP is $6,000 lower than the most affordable 2012 Crosstour V6 2WD trim.

“The rugged new styling, coupled with class-leading highway fuel-efficiency and a lower starting MSRP make the 2013 Honda Crosstour the smartest choice in a mid-size crossover,” said Dave Jamieson, assistant vice president, Honda Canada Inc.

Standard equipment on all Crosstour models includes a rearview camera with guidelines, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink™, USB/iPod® connection, fog lights, one-touch turn signals and an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror. The front-wheel-drive Crosstour offers two trim levels (EX, EX-L), and features the four-cylinder engine, with Real Time™ 4WD standard on the EX-L V6 model. Kona Coffee Metallic is a newly available colour for 2013.

The 2013 Crosstour is one of the first Honda models available with the new keyless Smart Entry with Push Button start, as well as Honda’s LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, which uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror to provide an enhanced rearward view of the passenger-side roadway. Other standard visibility-enhancing features include the rearview camera and new re-shaped rear headrests.

The 2013 Honda Crosstour also receives safety enhancements, including available Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Other safety upgrades to the 2013 Crosstour are designed to help it earn top IIHS roof-crush safety scores, as well as a 5-Star NCAP rating.

The two different four-cylinder Crosstour models, the 2-wheel-drive EX and EX-L, are powered by a 2.4-litre, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine. The four-cylinder models significantly broaden the Crosstour’s appeal through a lower price point and an estimated fuel economy rating1 of 9.4 L/100 km city, 6.4 L/100 km highway, and 8.1 L/100 km combined. The 4-cylinder engine produces 192 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 162 lb-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. A technologically-advanced 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control is standard equipment.

The new available Earth Dreams™ 3.5-litre, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V6 engine utilizes Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to maximize efficiency, allowing the engine to run on 3 or 6 cylinders, depending on engine load and speed. For 2013, power output climbs to 278 horsepower at 6200 rpm, a 7-hp gain over the 2012 Crosstour V6. Peak torque output is now 252 lb-ft. at 4900 rpm with a much wider torque spread. The net result is a more responsive engine across the rev range that drivers use every day, combined with better peak power for quick acceleration, passing, and climbing grades. The Crosstour V6′s new 6-speed automatic transmission also includes new steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Fuel efficiency for the V6 is also significantly improved, with it now achieving an estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating1 of 11.1/7.1/9.3 L/100 km for the Crosstour EX-L with Real Time™ 4WD. This represents a 0.6L/100 km reduction in combined fuel consumption.