A good vehicle match for an outdoor or active lifestyle owner…
Honda Crosstour: 2010 to 2013
The Honda Crosstour, introduced for the 2010 model year, is a stylish and more versatile hatchback version of its Accord stable mate.
Taller than its sedan counterpart, the Crosstour has more ground clearance, a cavernous cargo area and it’s available in both front-drive and all-wheel-drive editions.
A good vehicle match for an outdoor or active lifestyle owner, Crosstour retains the fuel economy and nice riding virtues of an Accord and adds the flexible storage options and the functionality of a utility vehicle, without the “boxy” design drawback.
Prices seem higher than the sedan because every Crosstour comes with a comparable level of equipment as the EX-L (top-line) edition of the sedan. It also comes with a 3.5-litre V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission (no 4-cylinder 2010 to 2012). Called a J-series engine, this 4-valve/cylinder, and 60-degree V6 also has variable valve timing and it’s built at a Honda engine plant in Anna, Ohio.
A unique feature of this clever engine is its Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system that can seamlessly turn off one bank of cylinders when power demand is light, or transform it into a V4 for medium loads. Max power output is 271 horsepower and 254 ft-lb of torque. Its city/highway fuel economy rating is 11.7/7.2 and the all-wheel-drive system adds an extra 0.8 L/100km.
A higher roofline translates into a significantly more spacious cabin that provides exra headroom for taller occupants. Handy release levers in its rear cargo area allow users to fold-down the rear seats remotely, when extra cargo space is needed. Seat-up cargo volume is 729 litres (25.7 cu-ft) and there’s another 54 litres (1.9 cu-ft) in a large under-floor storage box.
The Crosstour was largely unchanged for the 2011 model year and other than the addition of a standard rearview camera, it was status quo again in 2012. For 2013, changes included a new lower-priced 4-cylilder edition and the V6 engine was coupled with a new 6-speed automatic transmission.
Generally very good occupant protection ratings were marred by an IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) roof crush test, which simulates a rollover. The 2010 Crosstour received a 2.82 strength-to-weight ratio result and a “marginal” rating. Hidden structural changes for the 2013 model year allowed it achieve a 4.62 strength-to-weight ratio result, which is a “good” rating.
Crosstour is nowhere near as popular as the Accord sedan so used offerings for sale may be harder to find. Like the Accord, it does get top owner reliability ratings from Consumer Reports and resale prices also tend to be on the higher side.
Price Check – 2010 – 2013 Honda Crosstour (December 2013)
Year Edition Expect to Pay Today
2010 2WD $19,000 to $23,000
2011 2WD $22,000 to $26,000
2012 2WD $26,000 to $30,000
2013 EX-L 2WD $31,000 to $35,000
Prices vary depending on a used vehicle’s condition, mileage, usage and history. A complete mechanical check should always be performed by a reliable auto technician prior to purchase.
Recalls on the 2010 to 2013 Honda Crosstour:
2010 – A bearing problem inside the automatic transmission may cause an electronic short circuit that causes the engine to stall. Additionally, broken pieces may become lodged in the parking pawl resulting in the vehicle rolling after the driver has placed the gear selector in the Park position. Dealers will update the automatic transmission control module software.
2012 – The side curtain airbag inflators may be faulty and one or both airbags may not deploy as intended. Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace one or both side curtain airbag assemblies.
2013 – The fuel tank may have been manufactured incorrectly and could leak fuel. Dealers will replace the fuel tank.