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Honda Crosstour Headed to the Chopping Block After 2015 Model Year

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/9/2015 Karla Sanchez

It’s official. The Honda Crosstour will be discontinued after the 2015 model year, ending a rather underwhelming five-year run.

With Honda preparing a flurry of new products including the 2016 HR-V, 2016 Pilot, the next-gen Ridgeline, the refreshed 2016 Civic, and the Civic Type-R hatch, we're not surprised to see the Japanese automaker abandon the Accord-based Crosstour, which Honda may have given up on a while back. The crossover hasn’t seen any significant changes since the 2012 model year, when it gained a 192-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to lower the cost of entry and improve fuel economy. It also changed its name from the Accord Crosstour to simply Crosstour during this model year. Then in 2013, the polarizing coupe-like crossover underwent a mid-cycle refresh, but even that didn’t seem to help much. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

A total of 11,802 Crosstour crossovers were sold in 2014, down 29.9 percent from 2013. For context, Honda sold 11,142 Pilot SUVs and 11,937 Odyssey minivans this past March alone. This is a stark contrast to the Crosstour’s peak in 2010, when 28,851 units were sold.

Ever since the Crosstour was launched in 2009, it’s faced an uphill battle, and that could be mainly because of its polarizing design.

“In truth, the Crosstour's appearance was discussed more than any other aspect of the car. Nearly every log entry mentions it, and the entries are rarely flattering. Whether it's the Zamboni nose or the tucked-up tail, or the fact that those two don't work together at all, the staff had plenty to say about the Crosstour's sheetmetal,” we said of our long-term 2010 Accord Crosstour. Once we looked past the design, we found there was lots of like about the Crosstour, such as its practicality and the added rear space over the Accord. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The Crosstour will end production at Honda’s East Liberty Plant in Ohio, where the popular CR-V and RDX models are built. This move will also transfer production of the Accord Hybrid from the Marysville, Ohio plant to the Sayama plant in Japan.

Honda Crosstour Headed to the Chopping Block After 2015 Model Year

Source: Honda

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