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.