The new 2014 Honda Crosstour is coming on the market this month with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $27,380. The 2014 Crosstour offers a unique combination of crossover practicality, sedan-like drivability and premium features.
Release date, Price, Specs, Redesign, Compare, 2015, 2016
Design and Styling
From the outside, the 2014 Honda Crosstour looks like a 4-door Accord onto which a large, sloping rear end has been grafted. The fastback-style rear end severely cuts into the Crosstour’s cargo area, and the narrow opening makes loading bulky items a real challenge. Unlike some of its lofty rivals, however, the Honda Crosstour is an SUV that doesn’t require a leap of faith to exit the vehicle.
The Crosstour’s inspired handling is thanks to its rigid body structure using more than 50-percent high-strength steel, and its four-wheel independent suspension—with a double-wishbone front and independent multi-link rear, front and rear stabilizer bars, and a front strut tower bar for added rigidity. All Crosstour models include power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes. For true utility-vehicle capability, the Crosstour provides 6.2 inches of maximum ground clearance in addition to the available Real Time 4WD system.
2014 Honda Crosstour Interior
The cabin is tightly constructed with new high-quality materials. The center stack features an attractive, high-tech appearance, but it’s excessively cluttered with identical-looking buttons. In terms of storage, behind the 60/40-split rear seat is a 25.7-cubic-foot cargo area with reversible floor panels, which come in handy when dealing with messy items. With the rear seats folded flat, the Crosstour offers 51.3-cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity, though most wagons and SUVs can accommodate considerably more.
The Engine Range
Engine choices remain the same for 2014. The base models get 2.4-liter four banger making 192 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque with EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg. A five-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front or all of the wheels. The upper echelon trims get Honda’s smooth 3.5-liter V6 that makes 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque with EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 mpg (front-wheel drive), 19/29 mpg (AWD). The V6 mill employs Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management system, which allows the engine to run on three, four or six cylinders, depending on driving demands.
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.
The Crosstour is produced at the Honda of America Mfg., Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in East Liberty, Ohio.
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