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2013 Honda Crosstour gets styling, interior changes

Thu, 15 Nov 2012

The 2013 Honda Crosstour gets a base price of $27,230, which is $525 lower than 2012 model. The sheetmetal is reworked for the new year, and some equipment has changed.

The engine lineup is still four-cylinder and V6 units. The 3.5-liter V6 now puts out 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. That's an increase of 7 hp and 2 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed transmission is standard, but will offer paddle-shift control.

EPA numbers grow for both engines. The V6 is up to 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, while the I4 comes in at 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Features for 2013 include Honda's new keyless entry with push-button start. Enhancements were made to the available lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning systems. A few safety upgrades were added.

Standard equipment on the Crosstour EX consists of chrome door handles, 17-inch wheels, projector headlights, power moonroof and power mirrors.

Honda says it also upgraded the interior design and materials. The EX-L trim now has leather-trimmed seats with heat, memory functions and a premium sound system.

As for the sheetmetal, the Crosstour keeps most of the same lines for 2013 and the same general shape. The grille looks more imposing with additional chrome, while the front end also gains an Audi-style brush guard under the bumper.

Two new colors are added: a coffee brown and a light blue.

By Jake Lingeman