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Honda To Reveal New Crosstour at NY Auto Show

Maker hanging onto slow-selling crossover despite skeptics.

by on Mar.20, 2012

Honda's current Crosstour is struggling so the maker plans to reveal a major update in NY next month.

Honda hopes to kick-start one of its more embarrassing failures when it rolls out a new version of the Crosstour crossover at next month’s New York Auto Show.

For the moment, Honda is holding back details on the Crosstour update, but suggests it will reveal a “new exterior styling direction” during its April 4th news conference at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.

It will need one.  Originally launched as the Accord Crosstour, the vehicle followed in the general direction of other recent sedan/CUV body styles, such as the BMW 5-Series GT and X6.  But the Honda version was all but universally panned – at least on the design front.  The Crosstour did do better in terms of quality and reliability ratings, J.D. Power declaring it the “Highest-Ranked Midsize Crossover/SUV” in the 2011 Initial Quality Survey.

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Honda marketers have been struggling to prop up the Crosstour this year.  Notably, they abandoned the link to the Accord line, which they felt might have been confusing potential customers.  Still, demand has been running in the 100s – barely – not the 1,000s, as Honda had originally hoped.

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First Drive: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

A big, heavy SUV? Say it ain’t so Honda.

by on Nov.03, 2009

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Here's Honda with a highly styled, $31,000 to $37,000, large, five-passenger SUV.

At what point does a Honda become an Acura or worse a truck?

Well, with the Accord Crosstour – a 197-inch long, 4,000-pound SUV – I’d argue that the day has arrived. And, I’m not thinking that it’s necessarily a good idea for Acura either, though it’s a better fit.

This faddish vehicle comes from a normally astute company and largely “green” automaker. Honda has — thus far — avoided the ongoing full-size pickup truck and SUV disasters that Toyota and Nissan brought on themselves and are costing their shareholders billions upon billions of dollars as assembly and engine plants lay idle or underused.

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Cargo volume because of the fastback is less than twice that of the Accord's trunk.

Now here comes Honda with a highly styled, $31,000 to $37,000, large, five-passenger SUV built in East Liberty, Ohio. The four-wheel drive EX-L version can be fitted with a satellite-linked navigation system and “Real Time” 4wd, available together or separately. The navigation system includes a backup camera with guidance lines integrated into the display.

This will push the asking price toward $40,000 and return, ahem, 17 mpg on the EPA city cycle.

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The lower trim level, EX, in front-drive configuration returns 18 mpg on the EPA city cycle. A day of test driving both models affirmed the ratings. Driven moderately at highway speeds 22-25 mpg is possible.

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