Are you looking for a crossover vehicle and aren’t sure where to start? Honda makes a very versatile CUV that blends efficiency with comfort and has some interesting styling. Let’s kick the tires of Honda’s Crosstour.
The model I tested was the 2WD EXL packing a 192 horsepower 2.4L i-VTEC 4-cylinder under the hood. This model also comes with 4WD and a V6 engine as options, but I was pleasantly surprised with the strength and refinement of the 2.4L i-VTEC.
The exterior style is a mixed bag. It appears to be a marriage of wagon and SUV, but isn’t too much of either — a true crossover. Ride height is taller than a sedan but not as high as an SUV. Length is comparable to a wagon with spacious rear seats and a very large trunk area, but no optional third row seating. Loading and unloading the trunk is made simple with a large and angled hatch opening.
The Crosstour offers a pleasing interior with quality materials, varying textures and a clean, easy-to-use dash design. The navigation screen and stereo controls are separated into two monitors and the HVAC controls are completely separate and placed around the stereo. This design works very well and is effortless to learn and use.
When you need to back out of a parking spot or your driveway, the rear-view monitor has three camera angles. You can select a straight-back view, a wide-angle look or a downward view of what is directly behind the bumper.
Another cool feature is the “LaneWatch” blind spot display. A camera is located under the passenger mirror and is engaged when you turn on the right turn signal so you can see what is beside you or in the blind spot. This camera is actually very useful when changing lanes or making sharp turns. This camera can also be manually controlled via a button on the end of the signal stock.
Driving dynamics are rock solid. Handling is flat and predictable, acceleration is satisfying and the ride comfort is solid and quiet. In total, the Crosstour is extremely versatile and a joy to live with on a daily basis.
I asked five people their opinion of the exterior style and three of them liked it, so beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Either way, this Honda is a home run in terms of functionality and value.
Mileage numbers from Honda are 22 city and 31 highway, with a combined number of 25 mpg. I managed 22.7 mpg during my test.
Total vehicle pricing is $33,845 with rear-view camera, Bluetooth, USB audio connections and side curtain airbags with rollover protection being standard options.