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Editor's Overview

Not quite a wagon or a true SUV, the Honda Crosstour adds a touch of versatility and all-weather performance to Honda’s tried and true Accord platform. This wagonoid can send power to all four wheels via a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder or a more powerful 271-horsepower V6.

You'll Like The 2012 Honda Crosstour If...

If you like the ride and handling provided by the Accord Sedan, but your versatile cargo needs exceed that of a traditional trunk, the 2012 Crosstour Wagon makes an excellent choice.

You May Not Like The 2012 Honda Crosstour If...

While its wagon-like shape emanates functionality over form, the Honda Crosstour’s styling isn’t for everyone. Those looking for a more traditional-looking wagon might find the Subaru Outback more attractive.

What's New

Changes for 2012 are limited to the Crosstour EX Wagon and include the addition of auto on/off headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB audio interface. The Accord prefix is dropped, making official what everyone has been calling the Crosstour since its debut.

Interior Features

From the driver’s seat it would be hard to discern the difference between the Crosstour and its Accord cousin. The 2012 Honda Crosstour Wagon shares the same logically laid-out dash and center console, as well as the available navigation system. Other highlights include one-touch release levers on the rear seats and soft-touch leather seating surfaces that feel more Acura-like than Honda. Glancing rearward is all it takes to know you are definitely not sitting in an Accord. Behind the second-row seat is a 25.7-cubic-foot cargo hold featuring reversible floor panels useful when the cargo at hand is going to leave a mess behind. There’s also a removable utility box and side bins hidden beneath the carpeted floor. Fold the seats down, and the Crosstour can swallow 51.3-cubic feet of stuff, although due to the roofline’s low profile, it’s better that the stuff in mind is long and low rather than tall and bulky.

Exterior Features

From the outside, the 2012 Honda Crosstour appears more like a customized Accord wagon than a purposeful utility vehicle. Its aggressive grille and headlight treatment are very un-Honda-like, as it the sloping rear roofline that gives the appearance of a fastback coupe. That same roofline, however, also severely cuts into the Crosstour’s cargo area especially for tall or bulky items. In a nod to the Crosstour Wagon’s CUV-like credentials, Honda provides it with 6.2 inches of ground clearance and an available all-wheel-drive system. Although not permanently engaged as on the Subaru Outback, Honda’s Real Time all-wheel drive setup shifts torque to the rear wheels as needed then returns to functioning primarily as a front-drive vehicle.

Driving Impressions

Despite its radical looks, the 2012 Honda Crosstour Wagon’s underpinnings are firmly rooted in the humble Honda Accord family sedan. On long stretches of open road, the Crosstour Wagon possesses the same light and agile driving dynamics as the Accord Sedan. The handling is crisp and precise with body roll and lean kept to a minimum in all but the most hard-core driving situations. The 2012 Honda Crosstour’s 4,000-pound weight should act to hold it back, but acceleration with the V6 is impressive thanks in part to a responsive throttle that unleashes the Crosstour’s 271 horses without hesitation. Mercifully, Honda’s Active Sound Control System cancels out unwanted engine and road noise, creating a quiet and serene cabin. The 5-door Crosstour’s tall ride height gives the driver a commanding view of the road, and although rear visibility is good, the new rearview mirror camera further aides the driver when parking or backing up.

Pricing Notes

The 2012 Honda Crosstour CUV has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price starting just above $31,000 and topping out at around $38,000 with the addition of all-wheel drive, navigation and leather. We expect our Fair Purchase Price to reflect real-world transaction prices in line with sticker prices, so be sure to check it before you begin negotiating price. Unlike most Honda products, Kelley Blue Book expects the 2012 Honda Crosstour to hold only average resale values in the segment, on par with values of the Nissan Murano, slightly lower than the Toyota Venza and well below the Subaru Outback.

Notable Equipment

Standard equipment on the 2012 Honda Crosstour Crossover Utility Vehicle includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a 5-speed automatic transmission, auto on/off headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB interface, cloth seats, a one-touch power moonroof, dual- zone auto climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, and a 360-watt AM/FM/6-disc in-dash audio system with seven speakers. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, electronic traction and stability control, and front-side and side-curtain airbags. Other convenient standard features include 10-way driver and 4-way passenger power adjustable seats, remote entry with power window control, a hidden utility storage compartment and 60/40 split rear seats with one-touch folding.

Notable Options

Optional equipment for the 2012 Honda Crosstour CUV includes Real Time 4-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels and a Honda satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition and a rearview camera, all of which can only be had by choosing the up-level EX-L trim.

Favorite Features

Hidden Removable Utility BoxAdding 1.9 cubic feet of space to the rear cargo area, the removable utility box is made of plastic and easily washable; perfect for messy items.Real Time 4WDThe Real Time 4WD system lets the 2012 Honda Crosstour CUV be more than just a grocery-hauler, allowing it to tread safely regardless of weather.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Honda Crosstour Wagon is powered by a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine that uses Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management system which allows the engine to run on three, four or six cylinders, depending on driving demands. The only transmission choice is a 5-speed automatic that uses Honda’s G Shift Control and RPM rev-matching, which "blips" the throttle for smooth downshifts. G Shift holds the transmission in gear when the vehicle is cornering.2.4-liter inline-4192 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm162 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 3.5-liter V6271 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm254 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27(2WD), 18/26 (4WD)

Editors' Notes

Honda calls its 2012 Crosstour a CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle), but we’re not so sure. The 2012 Honda Crosstour is part wagon, part sedan, part CUV and 100-percent different. Riding on the same platform as the Honda Accord Sedan the Crosstour Wagon is given clearance to do more, with larger springs that elevate it six inches from the ground, and an available all-wheel-drive system that permits the Crosstour safe passage in foul weather. Defining what the Crosstour represents is easy; defining its competitors, however, is a bit more difficult. The Subaru Outback Wagon might be a good match, only it has more ground clearance, a permanently engaged all-wheel-drive system and more usable cargo hold. One might also pick some of the smaller CUVs such as the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 as Crosstour competitors, but neither has the athletic good looks or performance-oriented suspension of the 2012 Honda Crosstour. One might even argue that the Accord sedan itself is a competitor, providing the same interior layout, attention to detail and powerful yet fuel-efficient V6 engine. If the 2012 Crosstour Wagon’s offbeat good looks don’t stop you dead in your tracks, it may be a viable alternative to the bland sedan or ubiquitous CUV.

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in comparison to cars In it class Honda crosstour is good and durable, it is very good on fuel and economical, its spacious good for family nice interior and design you gotta love it

2012 Honda Crosstour

it you love the Honda Accord Sedan but want something a little more sporty and practical with added usability; then the 2012 Honda Accord Crosstour is for you. The base model 2012 Honda Accord Crosstour starts at $30,340. The engine is a strong 3.5 liter V-6 that features i-VTEC. Power figures are 271 horsepower and 254 lb-ft. of torque. The 2012 Honda Accord Crosstour comes in both 2WD and 4WD. Fuel economy ratings are 18 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway for the 2WD model.

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My favorite detail is the compartments in the trunk for storage.

2012 Honda Crosstour EX-L

It is very comfortable and great on gas but doesn't sit as low as most cars so you can see the road better. The leather interior is very easy to clean. All of the seats even the back are very comfortable and spacious. I love that the seats fold down so you can purchase and load larger items. The compartments in the back under the surface are great for storing items such as tools and jumper cables, even a blanket and extra set of clothes.

- Samantha U

Great Car with a few outdated faults.

2012 Honda Crosstour EX-L

The car has mostly all the bells and whistles. I previously owned a Nissan Murano that has everything in it. Sadly, the Honda doesn't have the audio warning beeps for collision or blind spot and the satellite radio antenna is old I suppose. So Sirius sent us a post factory satellite radio to plug in. I hate the cords everywhere. The car otherwise is a great buy for the cost and performs good also.

- Angie S

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