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2014 Honda Crosstour

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/28/2014 Karla Sanchez

Vehicle Overview:

The Honda Crosstour has never been a looker, but even though it has hard-to-love styling doesn't necessarily mean it's all that bad. In fact, the 2014 Honda Crosstour is an overgrown Accord, which means it's got good bones underneath that polarizing sheetmetal. The Accord, after all, is one of Honda's best-sellers and one of the top-selling vehicles overall, and the Crosstour doesn't stray too far from its formula.

The 2014 Honda Crosstour comes in EX and EX-L trim levels. Standard equipment on EX models includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a moonroof, fog lights, rear privacy glass, a rearview camera, a 10-way power driver seat, and a seven-speaker sound system. EX-L adds leather-trimmed seats, memory driver seat with memory side mirrors that tilt down when reversing, a four-way power passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, HondaLink with Aha compatability, an upgraded multi-view rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, and an eight-inch center stack screen. A navigation system with steering wheel controls is available is available on the EX-L models as well.

Two engines are also available for the 2014 Honda Crosstour : a 192-hp 2.4-liter I-4 is the base engine, while the 278-hp 3.5-liter V-6 is optional on front-drive models and standard the EX-L model with all-wheel drive. Both engines are mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The four-banger was introduced last year in hopes of broadening the Crosstour's appeal. The engine helps the Crosstour hit an EPA-rated 22/31 mpg city/highway, compared to the V-6 at 20/30 mpg with front-wheel drive and 19/28 mpg with all-wheel drive. It also reduces the car’s base price.

The last time we tested the Honda Crosstour, the V-6 proved plenty powerful, and although it's a crossover, it exhibited car-like handling. While you may think rear visibility be an issue with its fastback body style, we found it to be quite the opposite. Visibility was good all around, but the sloping rear window did hinder rear cargo space. Either way, were impressed by the smooth ride and quiet cabin, but with dismal sales, it's unclear what the future holds for the Honda Crosstour. If a next-generation Crosstour ever arrives, expect it to have more conventional styling.


What's New for 2014:

The 2014 Honda Crosstour carries over from the 2013 model, which received a mid-cycle refresh that included a more rugged front fascia. Trim levels were also shifted, as base models now come equipped with a four-cylinder engine.

You'll Like

  • Car-like handling
  • Peppy V-6 engine
  • Tranquil cabin

You Won't Like

  • Polarizing appearance
  • Cluttered center stack
  • Limited cargo capacity

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Toyota Venza
  • Nissan Murano
  • Subaru Outback

Sum Up

4 star Solid performer that’s still shy of Outback’s overall excellence

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