2013 Honda Crosstour Tweaked

2013 Honda Crosstour Tweaked

2012 New York Auto Show

2012 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • An updated 2013 Honda Crosstour with "a more-capable-looking exterior styling direction" goes on sale this fall.
  • The Crosstour sold only 17,974 units last year in the U.S.
  • A revised V6 engine and new six-speed automatic transmission will provide improved fuel economy.

NEW YORK — Unveiled this week in production-ready "concept" form at the 2012 New York Auto Show, an updated 2013 Honda Crosstour is slated to go on sale this fall with "a more-capable-looking exterior styling direction," the company said.

Honda's slow-selling midsize crossover could use a shot in the arm. Last year it sold a mere 17,974 units in the U.S., down nearly 40 percent from the previous year, even after Honda shortened the name from Accord Crosstour and added a lower-priced four-cylinder variant for model year 2012.

The changes on the 2013 Crosstour, however, don't appear to be substantial. Honda has freshened the grille, tailgate, fascias and moldings and added new 18-inch alloy wheels (the showcar gets a 19-inch five-spoke design).

The Crosstour Concept on display at the Javits Center doesn't feature an interior, which Honda said will be "heavily revised" for model year 2013, with a new 8-inch in-dash information display, keyless ignition and steering-wheel shift paddles on V6 models, as well as reshaped rear headrests, a rearview camera and an expanded-view driver's mirror.

Honda said the 2013 Crosstour will continue to offer the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in a base front-wheel-drive model with a five-speed automatic transmission. Uplevel variants will come with a revised 3.5-liter V6 and a new six-speed automatic that provide "improved fuel economy."

Among the safety technologies that will be offered on the 2013 Crosstour are Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and LaneWatch blind-spot display.

Edmunds.com says: You be the judge — did Honda go far enough in revamping the Crosstour?

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