2013 Honda Crosstour


#7 out of 9 in 2013 Wagons

2013 Honda Crosstour Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Honda Crosstour was new.


Performance: 7.4

Most reviewers agree that the 2013 Honda Crosstour is a decent, but not outstanding performer. It has good power from its optional V6 engine and comfortable handling.

  • As far as driving dynamics is concerned, the 2013 Honda Crosstour shares some of the Accord's strengths -- such as accurate steering and predictable handling -- but with up to 300 pounds of extra curb weight and a higher center of gravity, the Crosstour is a much less sporting choice than the sedan." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The standard engine in the 2013 Honda Crosstour is a 2.4 liter four-cylinder that makes 192 horsepower. It's mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The optional engine is a 3.5 liter V6 that makes 278 horsepower and is paired with a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional. The EPA estimates that two-wheel drive Crosstour models with the four-cylinder engine get 22/31 mpg city/highway. Models with the V6 engine and four-wheel drive get 18/28 mpg city/highway.

Reviewers have not tested the four-cylinder engine, but they like the V6, which they say provides enough power for driving on the highway, passing and merging.

  • "We've yet to test the Crosstour with the four-cylinder engine, but performance with the V6 is more than adequate. On the highway, the Crosstour performs admirably, providing a comfortable ride quality and a quiet cabin at speed." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2013 Crosstour's 3,700-pound curb weight should act to hold it back, but acceleration and throttle response from the 278-horsepower V6 is quite impressive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A 3.5-Litre V6 engine provides plenty of power. It churns out 278hp and 252 ft-lb of torque - enough to pin you back in your seat, and never feeling inadequate when you step on the accelerator." -- Washington Times

Handling and Braking

If you're looking for a sporty wagon, reviewers say the Honda Crosstour isn't a good choice. However, they also say that it has a comfortable ride and decent handling and braking. Some complain that its turning circle is too big, but most agree that it's a fine, though unexciting, car for driving around town.

  • "The Crosstour's ride quality is very smooth yet somewhat firm. It handles a bit more towards the SUV side of things than that of a sedan. I found freeway noise to be about average and the smoothness of its ride to be quite nice. It doesn't have too harsh a suspension either. When you go over speed bumps or hit bumpy roads, it handles these scenarios with a good amount of suspension damping. Not too rough and not too soft." -- Washington Times
  • "Despite its unconventional looks, the 2013 Honda Crosstour's underpinnings are firmly rooted in the Honda Accord family sedan. On long stretches of open road, the Crosstour possesses the same light and agile driving dynamics as its sedan-equivalent. The handling is crisp and precise, with body roll and lean kept to a minimum in all but the most hardcore driving situations." -- Kelley Blue Book

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