2012 Honda Crosstour Review
The Honda Crosstour has a shortened name for 2012, but reviewers say the Crosstour is also short on practicality and value.
With the 2012 Honda Crosstour, Honda is trying to mix the best of a sedan and an SUV into a wagon. Edmunds writes that “the quest to offer a little of everything keeps the Crosstour from doing anything really well,” and most automotive journalists agree. While the Crosstour has a good engine and smooth ride, performance overall is boring. Inside, there’s plenty of passenger space, but cargo space is lacking, and cargo space is one of the main reasons shoppers choose to purchase a wagon. In addition to all that, the Crosstour has a high price tag compared with its rivals. That’s a major sticking point for reviewers.
Consumer Guide writes, “Honda's genre-bending Accord Crosstour brings enhanced cargo versatility and the availability of all-wheel drive to the celebrated Honda Accord platform. The balanced performance and fine passenger accommodations of Honda's Accord sedan carry over intact. However, Crosstours command a significant price premium over their sedan siblings, so shoppers will have to decide if the added utility is worth the extra cost.”
Overall, while reviewers admit that the Crosstour may work for shoppers who value passenger space over budget and cargo-carrying abilities, they overwhelmingly recommend that you check out the competition.
Other SUVs/Wagons to Consider
The Subaru Outback costs less than the Crosstour and has standard all-wheel drive. It also packs in more cargo space and better fuel economy. Though the Outback has fewer standard features than the Crosstour, you can outfit it with optional features that the Crosstour has standard and still save money.
The Toyota Venza shares a lot of similarities with the Crosstour. It is based on the Toyota Camry sedan, and the Crosstour is based on the Honda Accord sedan, a direct competitor of the Camry. However, while reviewers complain about the Crosstour’s price and utility, the Venza wins praise for its price, utility and upscale feel. Many reviewers consider the Venza a much better option than the Crosstour.
Details: Honda Crosstour
The 2012 Honda Crosstour comes as the base EX trim or the more upscale EX-L. All-wheel drive is available only on EX-L models. A V6 engine is standard. For 2012, the Crosstour goes from being called the Accord Crosstour to simply the Crosstour. Bluetooth and a USB port are also newly standard. See full 2012 Honda Crosstour specifications.
- "We hate to belabor the point, but since Honda themselves brought specific challengers into the equation, it bears noting: Apples-to-apples, the competition is cheaper." -- Autoblog
- "The Crosstour also loses out to its main competitors: the similarly conceived and sized Subaru Outback and Toyota Venza. Both hold more gear and are available in more affordable versions with four-cylinder engines." -- Edmunds
- "While the car packs a lot of content, that seems a bit pricey to us, especially considering you can get into a V-6 Murano and Edge for several thousand dollars less." -- Automobile Magazine
- "What we are sure of is this is one delightful car to drive, as well as a lot more useful than the Accord sedan." -- Motor Trend
- "If absolute utility is the main criteria for selecting one of these tall wagons, the Toyota Venza offers more cargo capacity and greater hauling capability in a taller crossover package.” -- Popular Mechanics