In December, Honda announced it was going to introduce a four-cylinder model of the Crosstour crossover wagon. The Accord-based wagon is now available with a smaller motor and a smaller price to boot.
Dismal sales prompt economy option
Prior to December 2011, Honda’s Accord-based crossover utility vehicle or CUV, the Crosstour, had been selling but not in the numbers Honda would have liked. The target for the car, according to AutoBlog, had been 40,000 units.
In the first year it was available, 2010, Honda managed to sell 28,851 of them, followed by an even more dismal 2011. There were 17,974 Crosstours sold that year, a 37.9 percent decrease from 2010, when the CUV sold less than 70 percent of its target.
Honda figured something had to change, so it put a four-cylinder engine in the car and droped the price.
The new four-cylinder Crosstour, according to USA Today, is available now at Honda dealerships everywhere.
The new base model, the Crosstour EX has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, good for 192 horsepower and 21 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 miles per gallon in highway conditions, according to AutoWeek. The price for the four-cylinder model is $27,655, according to USA Today, though with the $810 destination charge it comes up to $28,465.
With the addition of the four-cylinder model to the Crosstour line, there are two available trim levels, EX and EX-L. The six-cylinder engine, which is optional, is a 271 horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC six-cylinder engine, good for 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway on both EX and EX-L trims.
The EX V-6 option costs an extra $2,685 and has additional features like dual-zone climate control and four-way adjustable passenger seats. The EX-L adds leather-appointed heated seats. All models have a back-up camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a seven-speaker stereo. The EX-L V-6 model also has an all-wheel-drive option, which adds a further $1,450 to the bill.
Still a bit costly
The goal for Honda, according to AutoBlog, was to make a premium utility wagon. As far as that goes, there are some other options worth considering.
The Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited shares many of the luxury features of the EX-L trim and starts at $28,695 compared to $30,705 for the EX-L Crosstour with the four-cylinder. It has 22 fewer horsepower, but gets comparable mileage and all-wheel-drive is standard. A V-6 model is also available. The same goes for the Forester 2.5X, which starts at $28,895. Lesser trims lack amenties.
The Toyota Venza XLE also comes with a four-cylinder with 10 fewer horsepower, gets slightly worse gas mileage but starts at $29,775 and has many of the amenities of the Crosstour EX-L. All-wheel-drive and a six-cylinder engine is also available, including AWD for the four-cylinder for an additional $1,450.