2013 Honda Crosstour Offers Class-Leading Highway Fuel Efficiency with new 4-cylinder Model, More Power from Available V6, Refined Styling, Enhanced Safety and New Lower Base Price

The 2013 Honda Crosstour has received extensive updates, including more purposeful exterior styling, significant upgrades to the interior design and materials, and a more powerful and more fuel-efficient Earth Dreams™ V6. The 2013 Honda Crosstour goes on sale November 21, 2012, and pricing begins at $28,990. (CNW Group/Honda Canada Inc.)

Extensive updates and a repositioned starting price make Crosstour the smartest choice in a mid-size crossover

MARKHAM, ON, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The 2013 Honda Crosstour has received extensive updates, including more purposeful exterior styling, significant upgrades to the interior design and materials, and a more powerful and more fuel-efficient Earth Dreams™ V6 engine coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. For the first time in Canada, the Crosstour features a standard 4-cylinder engine. The 2013 Honda Crosstour goes on sale November 21, 2012, and pricing begins at $28,990.  Expanding the appeal of Crosstour by offering a new EX 4-cylinder entry-level trim, starting MSRP is $6,000 lower than the most affordable 2012 Crosstour V6 2WD trim.

"The rugged new styling, coupled with class-leading highway fuel-efficiency and a lower starting MSRP make the 2013 Honda Crosstour the smartest choice in a mid-size crossover," said Dave Jamieson, assistant vice president, Honda Canada Inc.

Standard equipment on all Crosstour models includes a rearview camera with guidelines, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink, USB/iPod® connection, fog lights, one-touch turn signals and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror. The front-wheel-drive Crosstour offers two trim levels (EX, EX-L), and features the four-cylinder engine, with Real Time™ 4WD standard on the EX-L V6 model. Kona Coffee Metallic is a newly available colour for 2013.

The 2013 Crosstour is one of the first Honda models available with the new keyless Smart Entry with Push Button start, as well as Honda's LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, which uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror to provide an enhanced rearward view of the passenger-side roadway. Other standard visibility-enhancing features include the rearview camera and new re-shaped rear headrests.

The 2013 Honda Crosstour also receives safety enhancements, including available Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Other safety upgrades to the 2013 Crosstour are designed to help it earn top IIHS roof-crush safety scores, as well as a 5-Star NCAP rating.

Summary of Changes

  • More rugged and premium exterior styling
  • Upgraded interior design and materials
  • Standard 4-cylinder engine
  • More powerful available Earth Dreams™ 3.5-litre V6 engine
  • Class-leading highway fuel economy
  • Available 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters (V6)
  • Available Honda LaneWatch™ blind-spot display
  • Standard visibility enhancements including rearview camera, re-shaped rear headrests and Expanded View Driver's Mirror
  • Available HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ compatibility
  • Available Smart Entry with Push Button start
  • Available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • New Kona Coffee Metallic exterior colour

Powertrain
The two different four-cylinder Crosstour models, the 2-wheel-drive EX and EX-L, are powered by a 2.4-litre, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine. The four-cylinder models significantly broaden the Crosstour's appeal through a lower price point and an estimated fuel economy rating1 of 9.4 L/100 km city, 6.4 L/100 km highway, and 8.1 L/100 km combined. The 4-cylinder engine produces 192 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 162 lb-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. A technologically-advanced 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control is standard equipment.

The new available Earth Dreams™ 3.5-litre, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V6 engine utilizes Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to maximize efficiency, allowing the engine to run on 3 or 6 cylinders, depending on engine load and speed. For 2013, power output climbs to 278 horsepower at 6200 rpm, a 7-hp gain over the 2012 Crosstour V6. Peak torque output is now 252 lb-ft. at 4900 rpm with a much wider torque spread. The net result is a more responsive engine across the rev range that drivers use every day, combined with better peak power for quick acceleration, passing, and climbing grades. The Crosstour V6's new 6-speed automatic transmission also includes new steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Fuel efficiency for the V6 is also significantly improved, with it now achieving an estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating1 of 11.1/7.1/9.3 L/100 km for the Crosstour EX-L with Real Time™ 4WD. This represents a 0.6L/100 km reduction in combined fuel consumption.

Body
Since its debut as a 2010 model, the Honda Crosstour has created its own unique crossover SUV identity with a distinctively sleek, sporty and fuel-efficient style. This continues for 2013 with a newly refreshed exterior that provides a more rugged, active, and premium look, while still concealing an accommodating rear cargo area with a large tailgate. An under-floor storage area in the rear of the vehicle adds even more functionality, while reversible floor panels accommodate messy cargo.

Standard exterior features on Crosstour EX include chrome door handles, 17-inch 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels and P225/65R-17 all-season tires. Additional exterior features on the Crosstour EX include auto-on/off projector-beam headlights, a one-touch power moonroof with tilt, body-coloured folding power side mirrors with defrost, auto-up/down driver's and front passenger's windows, and rear privacy glass. The top-of-the-line Crosstour EX-L V6 with Real Time™ 4WD adds 18-inch alloy wheels with P225/60R-18 all-season tires.

Chassis
The Crosstour has inspired handling, thanks to its double-wishbone front and independent multi-link rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, and front strut tower bar. All Crosstour models include power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes. For true utility-vehicle capability, the Crosstour provides generous ground clearance in addition to the available Real Time™ 4WD system.

Interior
Premium interior styling, appointments and details extend throughout the Crosstour's versatile passenger compartment, which is further improved for 2013 with upgraded interior design and materials. Inside the Crosstour EX are dual zone automatic climate controls with an air-filtration system, a 360-watt AM/FM 6-disc audio system with seven speakers, Bluetooth™ HandsFreeLink®, a USB audio interface, steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and phone controls, an auto day/night dimming rearview mirror, a compass, an outside temperature indicator, an easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seatback, a hidden removable utility box and more.

Crosstour EX-L models add leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats, memory driver's seat and memory side mirrors with reverse tilting capability, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, Kevlar® cone audio speakers, front aluminum dome-type tweeter speakers, HondaLink™ with Aha™ compatibility, XM® Radio, and more. The EX-L V6 model also adds a HomeLink™ transmitter and keyless Smart Entry with Push Button start.

The Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System2 is available separately on Crosstour EX-L V6 models, and now features FM traffic, which provides continuously updated traffic information with zero subscription fees - a first for Honda in Canada3. All EX-L and above Crosstour models includes a multi-view rearview camera with guidance lines integrated into the display.

Safety
Crosstour safety technology includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Additional safety equipment on the Crosstour includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, driver's and front passenger's side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, and active front seat head restraints.

Standard on Crosstour EX-L models is Honda's new Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems. FCW can alert the driver when a potential collision with another vehicle ahead is detected, where LDW can alert the driver when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use.

A series of visibility enhancements on the 2013 Crosstour can improve safety by increasing the driver's awareness of other vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles that are around the Crosstour. Standard on all Crosstour models (except the four-cylinder EX) is Honda's exclusive new LaneWatch blind spot camera. Other improvements on all Crosstour models include reshaped rear headrests that enhance rearward visibility, a standard rearview camera, and a new Expanded View Driver's Mirror.

Manufacturing
The Crosstour is produced4 at the Honda of America Mfg., Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in East Liberty, Ohio. At its introduction, the Crosstour was named one of the "Top 10 Family Cars" by Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. Consumer Guide then added a "Recommended Buy" honors to the Crosstour.

Warranty
The 2013 Honda Crosstour is covered by a 3-year/60,000 km new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/100,000 km powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-kilometre corrosion limited warranty.

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1 Based on 2013 Natural Resources Canada estimated fuel consumption ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

2 Certain functions that rely on a satellite signal will not work correctly in Hawaii and Alaska. These functions include but are not limited to automatic clock updates and time zone adjustments.

3 Not available in all areas. See owner's manual for details

4 Honda products are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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