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2015 Honda Crosstour: New Car Review

Editor’s note: 2015 was the last production year of the Honda Crosstour for the U.S. You may also want to read Autotrader’s 2013 Honda Crosstour review or the 2014 Honda Crosstour review.

 

Think of the 2015 Honda Crosstour as an Accord with a different name — and with a different body. Introduced in 2010, the Crosstour is a higher-riding hatchback version of Honda’s best-selling sedan with available all-wheel drive. In fact, it was originally called the Accord Crosstour to emphasize the family ties. While a few of the Accord’s major changes for 2013 didn’t trickle down to the Crosstour, it still manages to combine Accord traits with a higher driving position and more extensive capabilities.

Not quite a car and not quite a crossover SUV, the 5-passenger Crosstour is a genre-buster. As long as you don’t need a huge cargo hold or 3-row seating, it’s a compelling alternative to traditional crossovers. See the 2015 Honda Crosstour models for sale near you

What’s New for 2015?

The Crosstour is unchanged for the 2015 model year. 

What We Like

Optional all-wheel drive; smooth and powerful V6; decent fuel economy; spacious back seat; solid technology roster

What We Don’t

All-wheel drive only available on fancy EX-L V6; limited cargo capacity compared to true crossover SUVs

How Much?

$28,400-$36,100

Fuel Economy

The 2015 Honda Crosstour comes with either 4-cylinder or V6 power. The 4-cylinder is rated at 192 horsepower, while the V6 cranks out 278 hp. The transmission varies based on engine: The 4-cylinder sports a 5-speed automatic, and the V6 features a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

Front-wheel drive is mandatory on 4-cylinder models. All-wheel drive is offered with the V6, but only in EX-L trim.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the 4-cylinder Crosstour returns 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, with the front-wheel-drive V6 close behind at an impressive 20 mpg city/30 mpg hwy. Gas mileage in the all-wheel-drive EX-L V6 drops to 19 mpg city/28 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

The Crosstour hatchback is offered in two trim levels (EX and EX-L), each of which offer two engine choices (4-cylinder or V6). All-wheel drive is only available on the EX-L V6. All Crosstour models have five seats.

The base EX ($28,400) comes standard with 17-inch wheels, fog lights, air conditioning, a rearview camera with a small rearview-mirror display, Bluetooth, a 10-way power driver’s seat, a sunroof, and a 7-speaker audio system (including a subwoofer) with a USB audio interface and an auxiliary audio jack.

The EX V6 ($32,100) adds the V6 engine and the 6-speed automatic transmission, 18-in alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-in infotainment screen in the dashboard (including a larger rearview camera display), the LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system, a feature that reads aloud text messages, a 4-way power passenger seat, Aha mobile app integration, a separate audio touchscreen and Pandora Internet Radio.

The EX-L ($32,400) reverts to the 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed transmission but adds additional safety features such as forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning. It also includes satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery and heated front seats with driver memory functions.

The EX-L V6 ($34,800) adds back the V6 powertrain and the EX V6’s 18-in wheels, as well as a HomeLink garage-door opener. All-wheel drive is optional on the EX-L V6 for around $1,500 extra.

Optional on all EX-L models is a navigation system ($2,100) that brings a higher-resolution 8-in infotainment screen, voice-command functionality, 16 gigabytes of digital music storage and illuminated auxiliary steering-wheel controls.

Safety

The Crosstour comes with six airbags (front, front-side and full-length side-curtain), active front-seat head restraints, anti-lock disc brakes and stability control. The EX V6 adds a camera-based blind spot monitoring system (LaneWatch), while the EX-L tacks on forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems.

The Crosstour was awarded the top rating, Good, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all crash-test categories — though it hasn’t yet been submitted to the challenging small-overlap frontal test. While the government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet carried out full crash-test ratings on the Crosstour, the hatchback earned four stars in the agency’s rollover tests.

Behind the Wheel

Although the Crosstour is based on the previous-generation Accord, its ride quality is notably better than that of the sedan. We enjoy the Crosstour’s elevated ride height and surprisingly quiet interior. Handling suffers due to the higher center of gravity, but the Crosstour is still one of the most carlike vehicles in its class.

Under the hood, the standard 4-cylinder engine is nothing to be ashamed of, but we’d spring for the V6 if possible — it’s nearly as fuel efficient and much more powerful. We also prefer the new 6-speed transmission, which only comes with the V6 engine.

The Crosstour is great for passengers, thanks to its firm, well-shaped seats and generously proportioned rear quarters. Maximum cargo capacity falls short of crossover standards, however, checking in at just 51 cu ft. with the rear seats folded down. It’s definitely a usable amount of space, but virtually every proper crossover offers more. Compared to the regular Accord sedan, though, the Crosstour is a paragon of practicality.

Other Cars to Consider

Acura TSX Sport Wagon — Like the Crosstour, the TSX Sport Wagon is based on the Accord’s architecture and features a similar 4-cylinder engine. Unlike the Crosstour, however, the TSX Sport Wagon is not available with all-wheel drive.

Toyota Venza — The Venza is the Crosstour’s closest rival, and it offers a combination that the Crosstour does not: 4-cylinder power and optional all-wheel drive.

Subaru Outback — The Outback is more crossoverlike than ever, and it outdoes even the Venza with its standard 4-cylinder, all-wheel-drive package.

Autotrader’s Advice

Since there’s so much to gain from the V6’s power and so little to lose from its fuel economy, choosing at least the EX V6 seems like a no-brainer if you can swing it. Ideally, we’d want the EX-L model’s leather upholstery too, as it makes for even more supportive seats. Find a Honda Crosstour for sale

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1 COMMENT

  1. Just purchased the EL-V6 and love EVERYTHING about it. Quiet, responsive, great ride & looks. I like that it’s different looking and it stands out in a crowd. Many great features, like power seats on both side, telescoping steering wheel, heated seats, etc: We own an older V-6 Accord & it still runs like a Swiss Watch. You simply CAN’T go wrong if you buy a Honda as it ranks #1 of the 13 new cars I have owned, END OF STORY!

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