2012 Honda Crosstour Performance Review

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


Performance: 7.5

The 2012 Honda Crosstour comes with a pleasant, car-like ride and a V6 engine. Fuel economy is average, and while there’s nothing particularly wrong with the performance overall, many reviewers consider it boring.

  • "With steering that's not as crisp, as well as a loftier perch and larger tires on 17- or 18-inch wheels, the Crosstour is no Accord sedan on the road. But it is not completely sensory depriving like most crossovers. That's because it is a wagon, and it retains most of the sedan's overall composure." -- Car and Driver
  • “It feels like an Accord sedan (albeit with 300 extra pounds) right down to its accurate steering and predictable handling." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2012 Crosstour comes with a V6 engine that makes 271 horsepower and is paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. Some reviewers appreciate the engine’s ample power on paper, but others say that given the Crosstour’s weight, the engine is merely adequate.

Unfortunately, the Crosstour’s fuel economy isn’t as impressive as the Toyota Venza’s. According to the EPA, the Crosstour gets 18/27 mpg city/highway in 2WD configuration and 18/26 mpg in 4WD.

  • "The Crosstour is a runner right out of the box, with the V6 pulling hard and the transmission snapping off quick shifts. We'd like even more control and the responsiveness of an auto-manual shift mode, but that's not offered." -- AutoWeek
  • “Acceleration comes smoothly enough, though it feels a few protein shakes shy of Toyota's 3.5-liter Venza and a full training regimen short of the Nissan Murano -- really this league's Rocky Balboa." -- Cars.com
  • “Power output from the V6 is adequate, but the transmission tends to delay driver inputs and hesitates to downshift when passing slower traffic.” -- Edmunds
  • "The V6 provides sufficient power in all driving situations. The transmission shifts smoothly and crisply." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

Reviewers love the 2012 Crosstour’s comfortable, sedan-like ride, but almost all of them note that zippy handling is not its strong suit. A few of them criticize the sluggish brakes.

  • "And it's not light; about 300 pounds more than a V-6 Accord to start and an additional couple hundred pounds for all-wheel drive, which overtaxes the CR-V-size brakes under heavy use.” -- Car and Driver
  • "Accord Crosstours feel solid but lack the European-style composure of previous-generation Accord sedans and even Honda's own Pilot midsize SUV. Large bumps can bring out some unexpected harshness, but it's never bothersome." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Like the standard Accord, the Crosstour benefits from accurate steering and predictable handling. But its additional 300 pounds and higher center of gravity put a damper on most sporting intentions." -- Edmunds

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