2012 Honda Crosstour Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Honda Crosstour was new.


Interior: 7.3

The 2012 Honda Crosstour’s interior is somewhat of a disappointment to reviewers. While the cabin is very upscale and quiet, most expect more out of a vehicle that costs more than $30,000. In addition, the Crosstour’s meager cargo space can’t hold a candle to other midsize SUVs or wagons.

  • "The interior is nicely done, and despite the rakish roofline, rear headroom isn't far off of its competitors, plus there's legroom aplenty. If anything, the case can certainly be made that the interior looks too similar to the Accord sedan." -- Autoblog
  • "Materials are solid, but some come off as looking a bit down-market, which is disappointing given this car's somewhat lofty pricing. EX-L's leather upholstery brings a slightly more upscale ambiance." -- Consumer Guide


Reviewers are pleased with the 2012 Crosstour’s front seats, though they can be too narrow for some occupants. Several reviewers also point out that rearward visibility is poor. Second-row passenger space is a highlight, however, with the Crosstour offering more room than other competitors.

  • "The seats are comfortable and supportive. There's ample headroom and legroom, even for taller adults. Generous door openings make for easy entry and exit. Rear visibility is terrible, however. … (In the back seat) Legroom is vast, and the seats are comfortable. Despite its sloped roofline, Crosstour's rear headroom is nearly as good as its Accord sedan siblings'. Large door openings contribute to easy entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cabin itself is roomy enough to transport adult-size passengers, with acceptable head- and legroom in the front and rear seats. The seats themselves are comfortable and supportive, though some may find the lumbar support a bit too aggressive." -- Edmunds
  • "Swoopy CUVs like the Crosstour usually suffer from back seat access problems, and the Crosstour is no different, though it may be the best of the bunch. I'm 5'6", and I had to duck while getting in to avoid a potential concussion." -- About.com
  • “Rear-seat headroom is adequate for six-plus footers." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The 2012 Crosstour comes with many features that are typically only standard on luxury vehicles, which is probably why it’s priced more like a luxury vehicle. Base features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a one-touch power moonroof, power front seats, remote entry with power window control, a six-disc in-dish CD player with subwoofer, an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth and a USB port. Trading up to the EX-L model adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and heated leather front seats, among other features. Several reviewers complain that more upscale features, like a power liftgate or DVD system, are not offered at all.

  • "Large, clearly marked gauges are easy to read, though some drivers might bemoan the large number of individual dashboard buttons. Most major controls are logically placed and have a substantial, quality feel, though a few climate functions are just out of easy reach for some drivers. The navigation screen is generally easy to read, though it is recessed deeply in its housing, obscuring sight lines. Oddly, the screen can still occasionally wash out in certain light conditions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Unfortunately, for a premium-minded offering, the Crosstour's options list appears to be missing more than a few key attractions. … Power liftgate? Rear-seat entertainment system? High-intensity discharge headlamps? Bluetooth streaming audio? Pushbutton start? No, no, no, no... and...umm... no.” -- Autoblog
  • "We appreciate the slightly higher-grade leather upholstery and extra simulated walnut trim (on the EX-L), but otherwise its cabin feels like any other Accord's." -- Edmunds


The 2012 Crosstour is meant to provide more utility than an Accord sedan and on that front, it succeeds. However, it falls short when compared with its SUV and wagon competitors. The Crosstour provides 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 51.3 cubic feet with the second row folded down. Compare that with the Venza, which provides 30.7 and 70.1 cubic feet, respectively, and costs several thousand dollars less. The Subaru Outback provides even more cargo space than the Venza and costs a full $7,000 less than the Crosstour. Of course, neither the Venza nor Outback can beat the Crosstour’s coolest feature: a hidden removable utility box. The carpeted cargo floor lifts to expose a box with handles, a feature that reviewers love.

  • "Cargo capacity is unimpressive, with only 25.7 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats and 51.3 cubes with them folded (intrusive wells for the rear wheels don't help). More traditional wagons and crossovers can accommodate quite a bit more." -- Edmunds
  • “For starters, cargo volume suffers from the raked tail, which lops off a lot of room behind the rear seats. There's more than you'd get in the trunk of an Accord sedan -- and Honda says that with the seats down, the Crosstour can accommodate longer items than some of its major competitors -- but relative to the range of wagon and crossover alternatives, the Crosstour still doesn't offer a particularly spacious setup." -- Cars.com
  • "Saving the best for last, the Crosstour's chief party trick is its ‘Hidden Removable Utility Box,’ a 1.9 cubic foot sub-floor ... well, box that has handles and movable dividers. It's a great place to store valuables out of sight and keep dirty boots away from the week's groceries." -- Autoblog

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