Already a top choice for drivers who want crossover versatility wrapped up in a sleek and sophisticated package, the Honda Crosstour will add two new models for the 2012 model year, both featuring a high-efficiency four-cylinder engine. The 2.4-liter I4 powerplant relies on Honda’s “i-VTEC” variable valve timing technology to improve full efficiency ratings by up to 3 mpg city/2 mpg highway/3 mpg combined as compared to the V6-powered Crosstour models. As a result, the four-cylinder Crosstour is expected to return EPA marks of 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway/24 mpg combined, while still making a peppy 192 hp and 162 lb.-ft. of torque.
In addition, Honda is making more content standard across the entire Crosstour lineup for 2012, including a rearview camera (on models without navigation), automatic dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth’s HandsFreeLink for hands-free calling and Internet music streaming, a USB port, and auto on/off headlights.
The four-cylinder Crosstour EX then fills out its spec sheet with standard equipment like:
- Projector-beam headlights
- A moonroof
- Body-colored power side mirrors with defrost
- Auto up/down driver and front passenger side windows
- Rear privacy glass
- Air conditioning with second-row ventilation
- A 360-watt, seven-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3
- Steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and phone controls
- Easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seats
- A hidden/removable utility box
Moving up to the premium Crosstour EX-L nets customers a leather interior, heated front seats with the driver’s chair incorporating a memory function, memory-linked side mirrors that also tilt down when the vehicle is put into reverse for enhanced visibility when backing up, dual-zone climate control and an up-level sound system that boasts Kevlar cone speakers and front aluminum dome-type tweeters. The range-topping EX-L trim also includes Honda’s satellite-linked navigation system with a rearview camera with a guideline display.
Drivers who prefer to have a bit more power under the hood can still choose the Crosstour with a 3.5-liter V6, too. Leveraging its own i-VTEC technology, as well as variable cylinder management, this powerful V6 makes 271 hp and 254 lb.-ft. of torque, while still helping the Crosstour reach 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway/21 mpg combined when configured with two-wheel drive. And even with the automaker’s acclaimed Real Time four-wheel-drive system, offered only on the V6 EX-L model, the Crosstour gets nearly the exact same ratings: 18/26/21.
The four-cylinder Honda Crosstour will be built at the company’s East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio and go on sale in January.