The Honda Crosstour has received some minor update for the 2012 model year. The crossover's biggest change is arguably its name, which drops the reference to the Accord. Honda wouldn't confirm when the four-cylinder engine will join the lineup.
Pricing on the Crosstour EX V-6 model starts at $31,150, including the destination charge, a $350 increase compared to the MSRP of the 2011 EX model. The two-wheel and all-wheel drive EX-L variants receive a $100 price increase to $33,700 and $35,150, respectively.
2012 Honda Crosstour Shortens Name, Gets Minor Price Increases imageHonda's polarizing crossover gets a few changes and the four-cylinder engine option we reported on last February is still not ready for launch. We can confirm that the base, two-wheel-drive EX model now comes standard with automatic headlights, a rearview back-up camera, Bluetooth, HandsFreeLink, and a USB interface for the sound system. Features and options remain the same for all-wheel-drive Crosstours. Additionally, all models are available in two new paint colors: Twilight Blue Metallic and Basque Red Pearl, which replace Glacier Blue Metallic and Tango Red Pearl.
The Crosstour will still be powered by a 271-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 254 lb-ft of torque. All models have a five-speed automatic transmission and feature Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which improves fuel efficiency by deactivating cylinders based on driving conditions. Official 2012 EPA fuel figures aren't out yet, but Honda estimates the number will be identical to 2011. That means two-wheel drive models will get 18/27 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive Crosstours are rated at 18/26 mpg city/highway.
And when Honda finally decides to officially green light a four-cylinder option, it will likely be pulled from the range-topping EX and EX-L Accord, which puts out 190 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque from a 2.4-liter engine. Should a smaller engine be added to the Crosstour lineup, the option could attract more customers with a sub-$30,000 price point and added fuel efficiency over the V-6 Crosstour.