2013 Honda Crosstour: Family Review Checklist


The 2013 Honda Crosstour is a fantastic family car with lots of room and safety features, but its looks are controversial.

I'm all for a family car that doesn't fall into the crossover category these days, and this five-passenger midsize hatchback is a funky-looking vehicle. The Crosstour received a new front end for 2013 that looks similar to that of the Accord, and it helped somewhat in the looks department.

Its restyling also included a more powerful V-6 engine. The 2013 Crosstour has a 278-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, an increase of 7 hp over the 2012 model. The new engine is paired to a six-speed automatic; the 2012 model had a five-speed automatic. The V-6 engine wasn't the gas-guzzler I'd expected it to be. With front-wheel drive, the V-6 gets an EPA-estimated 20/30/23 mpg city/highway/combined. I didn't do much highway driving during my weeklong test drive, and my observed fuel economy clocked in at 19.6 mpg. There's also a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 22/31/25 mpg.


The Crosstour's backseat is spacious, and everyone is afforded ample legroom. Grandma and Grandpa came along one evening for a quick jaunt out to dinner, and my father had enough legroom for his 6-foot-2-inch frame. The Crosstour has 42.2 inches of front legroom and 37.4 inches in the backseat — that's on par with midsize crossovers. The Honda CR-V has 41.3 inches in front and 38.3 inches in the backseat, and the Ford Escape has 43.1 inches in front and 36.8 inches in the second row. However, in its class, the Crosstour is beat by its competitors: The Subaru Outback has 43 inches in front and 37.8 in the backseat; the Toyota Venza has less front legroom at 40.2 inches, but more in the rear at 39.1.


The Crosstour's two sets of lower Latch anchors are tucked behind slits in the upholstery, which I find to be more of a hindrance than help. However, the roomy backseat made it a snap to fit the rear-facing infant and convertible child-safety seats in Cars.com's Car Seat Check.


Although the Crosstour's 25.7-cubic-foot trunk is small compared to its competitors — the Outback's trunk measures 34.3 cubic feet and the Venza, 36.2 — it easily handled whatever I threw in it. When I took my Crossover to the grocery store, the five fully loaded bags barely made a dent in the trunk space, and all of the usual gear I bring with me (spare change of clothes for the kiddo, blanket, jackets) were tucked away in the large under-floor storage area. I particularly loved the special side cubby that safely held my carton of eggs on the way home from the grocery store. My inner neat freak was positively giddy.


However, as legit as this alien-looking hatchback became to me during my test drive, I had two beefs (aside from its strange appearance): rear visibility was severely compromised because of the sloping roofline, and the front seats were uncomfortable. It's easy to get excited about the standard LaneWatch system, which shows an image of the passenger-side blind spot on the backup camera screen; in a car like the Crosstour it's essential. The rear view is like looking through a long, narrow tunnel. As a result, I relied on LaneWatch a lot.


If your family is looking for a crossover alternative with comparable legroom, a Crosstour can be a good choice. It may take some time to get over those styling issues, though.

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Tom Burik

Nice review, but why does family checklist show Second-row seats fold down: No when you can clearly see from the picture that they do? Also, no mention of AWD option. My wife, who could afford any car, bought the EX-L AWD V6 in March of 2013. I thought at first that the driver seat was somewhat uncomfortable, but I have had no issues in several long drives and she has not either. For the actual price you can negotiate I cannot see how you can buy a better vehicle. Also, no mention of awesome sound system. Thanks!

Joseph D. Marchione

I have a 2011 Crosstour and I am very happy with it. I came from driving a Buick Regal, so the sight lines took some getting used to, but they're not bad once you do. Adjust the side mirrors all the way out and you wont have a blind spot (just lean slightly if you like to see the back of the car in the mirror--I promise it'll be there. As 6'2" and not slender, I appreciated the roomy seats in the front. The controls were well thought out. Mine didn't come with a rear camera, so the display on the new ones is better. I wasn't initially looking for a hatchback, but this car had everything I wanted in flexibility, storage, and looks (some mag rated this as one of the top 10 ugly cars--are they kidding?) Although I am not currently in the market for a new car, as I tend to be a "keeper", when I am I am most certainly looking forward to my NEXT Crosstour.

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