We already had a good look at the facelift for the 2013 Honda Crosstour when the automaker showed off a "concept" of the car coming this fall. Now, Honda has lifted the faux veil of secrecy and given is pricing and equipment details for the updated crossover.
Most notable for 2013 is the Crosstour's new maw, which is less rotund and more crossover-like than before. The squared-off, chrome grille treatment also helps to tie the Crosstour to the 2013 Accord and Civic sedans better than the overly wide grille of the 2010-2012 model. A revised lower front fascia also incorporates chrome touches in the enlarged foglight surrounds and the faux skidplate. Around back are a silver-painted skid plate, new reflectors, and model badging placed lower on the hatch. Blacked-out trim and new wheels give the Crosstour a more squared-off and appealing overall look.
The interior also pulls from the 2013 Accord's playbook -- a new, smaller touchscreen has been incorporated into the center stack for the HondaLink infotainment system on upmarket EX-L models, and forward collision and lane departure warning systems have been made standard on EX-L. The new LaneWatch blind spot camera comes on all Crosstours save the base four-cylinder EX, but a backup camera is standard across the board.
Honda will continue to offer a 2.4-liter I-4 rated at 192 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque mated to a five-speed automatic, which is offered with front-wheel drive only. There is also an optional Earth Dreams 3.5-liter V-6 good for 278 hp and 252 lb-ft, which replaces the 3.5-liter V-6 from last year. That engine is paired with an all-new six-speed automatic, and can be ordered with either front- or all-wheel drive. Honda has also managed to eke out a few more mpg from the four-cylinder Crosstour - it is now rated at 22/31 mpg city/highway, up from 21/29 mpg last year. V-6 models have gotten a boost in fuel economy as well: front-wheel drive variants rise by two mpg across the board to 20/29 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive Crosstours gain two mpg on the highway for an 18/28 mpg rating.
Pricing starts at $28,060 for the entry-level, two-wheel drive Crosstour EX, which marks a $525 decrease from the 2012 price. All other Crosstour models have seen their prices swell by either $110 (for four-cylinder cars) or $450 (for V-6 cars). A front-wheel drive V-6 Crosstour EX starts $30,890. All-wheel drive is an $1450 option for either EX-L or EX-L Navi models with the V-6; navigation runs $2100 on top of any EX-L car. A fully-loaded 2013 Crosstour EX-L Navi with the V-6 and all-wheel drive rings in at $37,920.
The Honda fairs well against its competition: the 2013 Toyota Venza starts at $28,545 and tops out at $40,155. A base 2013 Nissan Murano retails for $30,785 and can cost as much as $43,405.