Honda updates Crosstour crossover for 2013

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Since the turn of the century, crossover vehicles have grown considerably in popularity. Honda's Crosstour is one of the more recent offerings within the five-seat, mid-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV) segment and was originally introduced as the Accord Crosstour back in 2009. At this month's New York International Auto Show Honda introduced its 2013 Crosstour Concept, a preview of the upcoming, slightly revised 2013 Crosstour production vehicle.

The Crosstour Concept sports restyled front bodywork compared to the current production model. Differences include a new grille and new integrated fog lights, new body moulding below the doors and a revised tailgate, among other minor revisions. Though the Crosstour Concept is mounted on 19-inch, 5-spoke wheels, Honda says the 2013 Crosstour will instead feature 18-inch alloys. Honda also confirms that the production model will be outfitted with an 8-inch in-dash information display for 2013.

Honda currently sells the Crosstour in Canada with a standard 3.5-litre V6 engine that generates 271 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, while U.S. consumers can choose to specify their Crosstours with either the V6 or with a 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder engine. The four-cylinder unit is paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission and generates 192 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque and would likely be welcomed by Canadian consumers due to its higher fuel economy figures compared to the V6.

Interior features for 2013 include re-shaped rear headrests, a rearview camera, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and a USB audio interface as well as an available navigation system and XM satellite radio.

Like other new vehicles, the 2013 Crosstour will be equipped with a host of advanced safety technologies which include Honda's lane departure warning and forward collision warning systems, both of which use a camera mounted behind the windshield to monitor the road directly ahead of the vehicle, alerting the driver if the car is moves out of its lane or if there is a potential collision ahead. The 2013 Crosstour will also feature Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot display which provides an enhanced view of the roadway on the passenger-side of the vehicle, using a camera mounted on the passenger side mirror.

Honda's 2013 Crosstour is confirmed to arrive in the U.S. this fall, with the Canadian arrival expected to commence at approximately the same time.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, Honda, 2013, Crosstour Concept, Midsize,

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