2013 Honda Crosstour Review

Slotting somewhere between a hatchback and an SUV, the used 2013 Honda Crosstour offers comfortable seating for five in a handsome interior. It ranks just below the best used wagons, partly because its sloped body style limits visibility and cargo space. 

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin materials
  • Smooth V6
  • Above-average fuel economy with four-cylinder engine
  • Distracting, button-heavy center stack
  • Limited visibility
  • Below-average cargo space for a wagon

New for 2013

  • Revised exterior and interior styling
  • Improved fuel economy
  • More powerful V6 became available
  • Six-speed automatic replaced five-speed automatic in V6 model
  • LaneWatch, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning became available




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
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2013 Honda Crosstour Overview

Is the 2013 Honda Crosstour a Good Used Car?

The refreshed 2013 Crosstour earns excellent crash test scores, and all but the base model include a notable set of advanced safety features. A robust V6 engine and all-wheel drive are appealing performance options, but the sleek exterior styling can be a hit (as an attractive alternative to the traditional wagon look) or a miss (because the sloped roof cuts into visibility and usability).

Used 2013 Honda Crosstour Performance and Interior

The Crosstour's base four-cylinder engine delivers enough oomph for most drivers. The base model gets better gas mileage than many other vehicles this size. It earns EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy drops to 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway in models with Honda's robust V6. For many, that concession is worth the faster acceleration. The V6 is also the only engine available with all-wheel drive. On the road, the Crosstour is smooth and laid-back, with handling dynamics that more closely resemble an SUV than a car.

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All-around, this five-seat wagon has nicely cushioned seats and more legroom than many rivals. Cloth seats are standard, while leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. LATCH hardware for securing child safety seats is comprised of three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors. Two safety features are extremely useful in combating the Crosstour's poor outward visibility: a standard rearview camera and the available Honda LaneWatch system (which uses a camera mounted on the passenger-side mirror to provide a view of the blind spot on that side).

The standard sound system offers Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, a six-disc in-dash CD changer, a USB port, and an auxiliary jack. In the center stack, the wide buttons are clearly labeled – but there are a lot of them, which can be distracting for the driver. Cargo space is below average for a wagon or small SUV. A cargo bin is located beneath the floor, which adds some convenience.

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Used 2013 Honda Crosstour Prices

The Honda Crosstour is one of the pricier used wagons you can buy. Models equipped with a four-cylinder engine start around $12,700 for the base EX trim level and stretch up to $14,500 for the EX-L. Expect to pay closer to $13,600 for an EX with a V6, or $15,700 for a V6-equipped EX-L. Note that vehicle condition, mileage, and location can cause prices to fluctuate.

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Our Honda Crosstour review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 38 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Honda Crosstour?

The Honda Crosstour has a reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's slightly above average for a used car and typical for a 2013 wagon.

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How Safe Is the Crosstour?

In our ranking of the best used wagons, the Crosstour has one of the highest safety scores. It aced every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Models equipped with the optional forward collision warning provide a Basic level of front crash prevention, according to the IIHS. The Crosstour EX comes standard with a rearview camera. All other trims feature a standard multi-angle rearview camera, lane departure warning, and Honda's LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system. 

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Is the 2013 Crosstour the Best Model Year to Buy?

The Crosstour received a midcycle refresh for the 2013 model year, so we recommend skipping previous years and starting your search here. You'll be rewarded with improved fuel economy and better options, such as a more powerful V6 engine. Advanced safety systems like forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring also became available for 2013.

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Which Used Honda Crosstour Is Right for Me?

Of the 2013 trims, we think the uplevel Honda Crosstour EX-L is the best. It comes standard with an enhanced rearview camera, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. The EX-L also comes with leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth audio streaming, hands-free text messaging, and satellite radio.

The base Honda Crosstour EX isn't as fancy, but it's still nicely equipped. A power-adjustable driver's seat, a moonroof, and fog lights are among its standard features.

Both trim levels are also available with a V6 engine. A few other goodies are added with this engine, such as all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a proximity key with push-button start. Some V6-equipped models features a navigation system that has trilingual voice recognition.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Crosstour. For all certified pre-owned models, Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles, and extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Honda Crosstour and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Crosstour or 2013 Honda Accord?

Because Honda based the 2013 Crosstour on the best-selling Accord sedan, you'll notice a number of similarities between them. Still, there are some significant differences as well. The shorter Accord actually has more passenger space, and it comes standard with Pandora compatibility. Add that to its lower price, and the Accord gets our vote over the Crosstour. Just keep in mind that, unlike the regular Accord, the Crosstour is offered with all-wheel drive.

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Crosstour or 2013 Toyota Venza?

You can buy a used Crosstour or a used Toyota Venza for about the same price. We put our money on the higher-ranking Venza. It’s a midsize SUV with a great reliability rating and an expansive cargo hold.

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Crosstour or 2013 Honda CR-V?

If you like the ride height and practicality of an SUV, you should consider a Honda CR-V instead of the Crosstour. It isn't quite as upscale as the Crosstour, and there's no V6 engine available. That said, we think its roomy back seat, large cargo area, and outstanding reliability rating make the CR-V a better choice for most shoppers.

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