2014 Honda Crosstour Review

May 5, 2014
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The 2014 Honda Crosstour is the vehicle that sits somewhere between the lines of a crossover SUV and wagon. Despite its limiting cargo space, it could be right up your alley if you want a car that exudes the reliability a high-riding Accord sedan, which has been known for its excellent road performance.

UNDER THE HOOD

The 2014 Honda Crosstour comes with two choices of engines: a 192-horsepower 2.4-liter 4 cylinder engine and an updated 3.5-liter V6 that has 278-horsepower.

The 4-cylinder engine is smooth to drive with adequate acceleration. It comes with a five-speed automatic transmission and gets an estimated EPA of 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is within the level of its class.

Meanwhile, the V6, which is the more powerful of the two, is heavenly to handle. It is equipped with six-speed automatic transmission and has Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management system, giving it the capability to run anywhere from three to six cylinders, depending on the vehicle’s load. The V6 gets an EPA-estimate of 20/30 mpg city/highway for its front-wheel drive and 19/29 mpg city/highway for its all-wheel-drive.

ON THE ROAD

Considering that the 2014 Honda Crosstour is modeled after the Honda Accord sedan, it is no surprise that the car feels light and agile to drive on long stretches of road, though you can still feel the road’s undulations. The V6 is especially fun to drive due to its top acceleration and excellent throttle response. And with the car’s double-wishbone front, multi-link suspension, stabilize bars on the front and rear and shock tower bar at the front, cornering and other hardcore driving situations can also be done with precision.

The 2014 Crosstour’s sound control system makes driving a peaceful endeavor as it tones down engine and road noise. Also, its raised ride height allows for better view of the road ahead, but rearward visibility can be a bit of an issue due to the narrow rear glass.

INSIDE THE 2014 CROSSTOUR

The interior of the 2014 Honda Crosstour does not disappoint, as it is apparently built with quality materials. The cabin has five supportive seats, spacious enough for comfortable driving and traveling. However, the downward slope of the roofline at the back leaves little headroom, which can be a potential issue for taller riders.

The dashboard layout is a bit cluttered with identical-looking buttons. Yet, with its center stack equipped with an optional navigational system, which has a display screen, voice command interface and central control knob, the Crosstour’s center stack is somewhat user-friendly.

The car falls short when it comes to cargo capacity. Behind the 60/40 split-rear seat is a 25.7 cubic feet cargo space. When the rear seats are folded, the Crosstour’s cargo capacity can expand to a maximum of 51.3 cubic feet–still below the standard cargo capacity of most wagons and SUVs.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Honda Crosstour comes with standard features that include a power moonroof, 10-way power driver’s seat, rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB port and a powerful seven-speaker audio system. As for safety features, the Crosstour has six airbags, electronic stability aids and active headrests, which can minimize whiplash injuries in case of rear-end collision.

Optional features are tied to 2014 Honda Crosstour trim level. The EX-L model, no matter the type of engine you pick, comes with dual-zone climate control, forward collision and lane departure warning systems, touch-screen audio, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Honda LaneWatch and hands-free text messaging capability. Unfortunately, only the EX-L models get to have a basic Bluetooth profile for wireless music streaming from an MP3 player or mobile phone.

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