2013 Honda Crosstour Concept Preview

Jeff Youngs | May 15, 2012
  • Previews next-generation Honda Crosstour
  • Updated styling
  • Revised interior trim
  • New features and technology
  • More powerful V-6 engine


The Honda Crosstour is an Accord-based, 5-door hatchback with a raised suspension, and this "concept" car is essentially what the updated 2013 Crosstour model will look like.

Exterior Features

For the 2013 Crosstour, Honda plans to add new front styling, gray plastic lower body trim, "skid plate" elements to the front and rear bumpers, redesigned wheels, and two new colors to help freshen the crossover SUV's appearance. A new expanded-view driver's side mirror is also standard, to help the driver see fellow motorists in the adjacent left lane. The 19-inch wheels on the Crosstour Concept will not be available on production models, Honda says.

Interior Features

Honda has not shown the Crosstour Concept's interior, and says only that the 2013 Crosstour will feature revised interior materials, new 8-inch information screen for the dashboard, reversing camera, and paddle shifters for V-6 models. The updated 2013 Crosstour will also include Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and a USB port, and will be available with keyless entry and push-button start, Pandora Internet radio, and an SMS text-to-speech system.

Optional Features

In addition to a V-6 engine and all-wheel drive, the 2013 Honda Crosstour will offer buyers upgrades similar to those for the 2012 model: leather, premium sound, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system, and more. Honda is also planning new safety features including blind-spot, lane-departure, and collision-warning technologies.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Honda Crosstour will come standard with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Power figures for this carryover powertrain are not finalized, but for 2012 it was rated to generate 192 horsepower.

Bigger changes are afoot for Crosstour V-6 models. Honda says the 3.5-liter V-6 engine in the 2013 Crosstour will offer more power than the current 271-horsepower version, and thanks to the inclusion of Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology, it will be more fuel efficient, too. A new 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters will be standard on this model, with Honda's Real-Time 4WD system optional.

Fuel Economy

Official fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Honda Crosstour are not available as this preview is published. In 2012, the 4-cylinder model was rated to get 21 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg in combined driving.


In addition to six standard air bags, traction and stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body construction, the 2013 Crosstour will be equipped with a standard reversing camera and wide-angle driver's mirror to help better see in the left-side blind spot.

Honda will offer new safety-related technologies as options for the updated Crosstour. Lane Watch is a new blind-spot monitoring system, and buyers can elect to install a lane-departure warning system and a Forward Collision Warning system if they choose.
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