You may have heard rumors recently of an upcoming four-cylinder variant of the Honda Accord Crosstour. Thanks to sources at Honda, we can confirm those rumors.
Our sources would only confirm that a four-cylinder Accord Crosstour is on the way, nothing else. Citing an intercepted dealer memo, Temple of VTEC reports that the four-cylinder model will be on-sale this summer. Citing anonymous sources, the site suggests that the four-cylinder engine will be restricted to lower trim levels and will only come in a front-wheel-drive configuration at launch, but that an all-wheel-drive model hasn’t been ruled out.
The Honda Accord sedan, upon which the Crosstour is based, currently offers two four-cylinder engines, both displacing 2.4 liters. Entry-level LX and SE models offer 177 horsepower and 161 pound-feet of torque while mid-range EX and EX-L models return 190 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Our sources did not specify which engine would find its way to the Crosstour, but considering that the Accord Crosstour weighs some 500 pounds more than the Accord EX according to our scales, Honda will most likely go with the more-powerful engine.
With the extra weight onboard, performance will undoubtedly be muted. The last Accord EX we tested hit 60 mph in 8.9 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 16.6 seconds at 86.0 mph. Another 500 pounds of heft will likely drag the 0-60 mph time well into the nine-second range, if not the 10-second range, and the quarter-mile time up into the 17-second range. The 271-horsepower V-6 Accord Crosstour, by comparison, hits 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and runs the quarter-mile in 15.6 seconds at 91.1 mph.
We’ll know more when the four-cylinder Crosstour is officially announced later this year, but for now, we expect the base price will drop from the V-6 car’s $30,450 starting point. A price gap of about $3000 between four-cylinder and V-6 Accord EX sedans will likely carry over to the Crosstour.