The Honda Crosstour will score a new engine option for the 2012 model-year: a 2.4-liter inline-four engine that will offer improved fuel economy. Previously, the Crosstour was available only with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The four-cylinder mill will be available only with front-wheel drive, whereas the V-6 can be equipped with all-wheel drive.
The 2.4-liter engine produces 192 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, down considerably compared to the 271 hp and 254 lb-ft on tap from the Crosstour’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The benefit, however, is improved fuel economy: Honda says the four-cylinder Crosstour will return 21/29 mpg (city/highway), compared to 18/27 mpg for the front-wheel-drive V-6 model. Both engines are mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
The four-cylinder engine is available on either EX or EX-L Crosstour trims. Standard equipment on the EX includes Bluetooth, automatic headlights, a backup camera, and a 360-watt sound system. The EX-L adds leather heated seats, dual-zone climate control, satellite radio, and optional navigation. In addition, the 2012 Crosstour gives up its Glacier Blue Metallic paint in favor of Twilight Blue Metallic, and swaps Tango Red Pearl for Red Pearl II paint. The crossover also changed its name from Accord Crosstour to simply Crosstour.
Honda has yet to release pricing for the four-cylinder version, but it should cost less than the $31,150 (including destination) commanded by a V-6-powered, front-wheel-drive Crosstour EX. The new versions go on sale in January.