The 2012 Honda Crosstour four-cylinder officially went on sale today, and with a lower price and improved fuel economy, the new engine option may help improve sales figures. Sales for the Crosstour were down in 2011 37.9 percent compared to 2010.
Pricing for the Crosstour EX starts at $28,465 (including $810 destination), which is about $2600 less than the comparable six-cylinder model. Bump it up to the EX-L model that comes with niceties like leather seats, and the price rises to $31,515. Add navigation into the mix, and the Crosstour tops out at $33,615, which is about $2280 less than its V-6 counterpart.
Under the hood is a 2.4-liter engine, which puts out 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: the four-cylinder version returns 21mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, compared to 18/27 mpg for the front-wheel-drive V-6 model. Both engines are mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, although it should be noted that all-wheel-drive is unavailable on the four-cylinder model.
Standard features on the four-cylinder Crosstour include an automatic dimming rearview mirror, rearview backup camera (except navi-equipped models), automatic headlights, Bluetooth, and USB port.