Honda Discontinues Crosstour to Make Room for Other Crossovers
East Liberty, Ohio, Production Facility to Focus on CR-V, Acura RDX
Today, Honda officially announced what many of us had long suspected: The Crosstour wagon/crossover/coupe will not return for the 2016 model year. Officially, the decision to axe the Crosstour is based on additional production need for Honda’s other crossovers, although we bet the oddball Crosstour’s slow sales had something to do with it as well.
The East Liberty, Ohio, plant that will manufacture the remainder of Honda’s 2015 Crosstours, also builds the wildly popular CR-V compact SUV, as well as its upmarket Acura RDX cousin. And, as announced in February, the hot-selling Acura MDX will be getting a second home in East Liberty sometime next year. By discontinuing the Crosstour, the plant will have additional production capacity to meet demand for those more popular SUVs.
The Crosstour, which started life as an Accord variant, was introduced in 2010 as a rival to other two-row, style-driven crossovers like the Toyota Venza, Ford Edge, and Nissan Murano. However, with somewhat sedate styling and prices only slightly lower than those of the larger, three-row Honda Pilot, the Crosstour’s sales never really took off.
The company stated in a press release that more than 97 percent of the vehicles sold last year in North America were produced domestically. Honda runs two other automobile plants in Ohio (in Anna and Marysville), as well as an automobile plant in Indiana and one in Alabama.