These changes, however, are easy to miss if you’re not paying close enough attention. For 2013, the grille is highlighted with a massive chrome frame, bringing it in line with the new Accord and face-lifted Civic. There now are vast amounts of unpainted cladding on the lower parts of the body, trimmed by a shiny metallic strip on the side and faux skid plates front and rear. Honda says it’s added a "more rugged" look to the Crosstour, and if this inspires you to go hunting or mudding, you will appreciate the reversible floor panels, which "accommodate messy cargo."
Whatever misadventure tickles your fancy most, chances are you won't get stuck out there, thanks to the Crosstour's 6.2-inch ground clearance and an all-wheel-drive system that is available on the V-6 model. The Crosstour's powertrain portfolio includes the essentially unchanged 2.4-liter four-cylinder—a pleasant, high-revving unit that makes 192 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque—and a new 3.5-liter V-6 with 278 hp and 252lb-ft of torque. Despite its Earth Dreams moniker, this engine is very much awake, serving up high levels of torque over a far wider stretch of the rev band than the previous V-6. Thanks to the car’s cylinder-deactivation system, it can run on three or six cylinders; the reward is decent fuel economy. The EPA estimates the front-wheel-drive V-6 will be good for 20 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway, while all-wheel-drive V-6 Crosstours will get marks of 18/28; the four-cylinder will be good for 22/31.
Thanks to: Car and Driver