What is it? The 2013 Honda Crosstour is a mild mid-cycle freshening of a vehicle many have described as an SUV for people who don’t want an SUV. It’s a swoopy hatchback version of the Honda Accord sedan, giving that mainstream stalwart more cargo versatility and available all-wheel drive. The car shown at the New York Auto Show was billed as a concept but barring fine details it looks pretty close to what you’ll see in the showroom. There are modest changes to front and rear styling, and an effort to make the car look higher off the ground. It still looks like a hatchback Accord.
What’s new or notable? The optional 3.5-liter V6 engine has received an unspecified horsepower boost (from its current 271 hp) and will come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that, we assume, will result in slightly better fuel economy. The 192-hp base 2.4-liter four-cylinder carries over, and is mated to a five-speed automatic. The new Crosstour will have a standard rear-view camera, as well as a lane-watch and lane-departure warning systems.
CR’s take: We’re curious to see if Honda has revised this car’s driving dynamics, as the current model feels a little bulky and clumsy, and it has a disappointingly wide turning circle.
When will it be available? Fall 2012.