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. According to Honda Dealership SC, 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.
According to Honda Dealership MD, 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.
Honda Dealers of Houston Area said 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. For more information, visit Dallas Honda or your local Honda dealer.