Four-Cylinder Models Added to 2012 Honda Crosstour Lineup
The confused Crosstour car/hatch/crossover is in the middle of an identity crisis. It drops “Accord” from its name for 2012, and now Honda tells us that the not-quite-a-wagon will borrow a four-cylinder engine from its namesake sedan. Make that its former namesake. Since the Accord Crosstour was introduced in 2010, it has only been offered with Honda’s 3.5-liter V-6.
In the Crosstour, the 2.4-liter four will make two additional horsepower (192 total) and the same amount of torque (162 lb-ft) as it does in high-output spec for the Accord. Four-cylinder Crosstours will only be available with a five-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. Fuel economy is improved compared to front-drive V-6 models: 21 mpg city and 29 highway versus 18/27. Increased efficiency will probably be accompanied by increased slowness, so expect the four-banger model’s 0-to-60 times to lag behind those of the V-6 model; we’ve gotten a 7.2-second run out of both the front-drive and all-wheel-drive six-cylinder models.
Like the V-6 car, four-cylinder Crosstours will be available in EX and EX-L (“L” for leather) trim levels. All 2012 models get some additional standard equipment, including a welcome standard rearview camera.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but if stickers on the Sedan Which Shall No Longer Be Named are any indication, the four-pot Crosstour should start around $29K.