/strong>Apparently the Honda Accord no longer wants to be associated with its controversial crossover sibling. For 2012, the automaker is simply referring to it as the Honda Crosstour instead of the long and clumsy Honda Accord Crosstour moniker. For now, Honda wasn’t willing to confirm the four-cylinder engine’s arrival to the Crosstour lineup, which would bring prices below $30,000.
Pricing on the Crosstour EX V-6 model starts at $31,150, including the destination charge, a $350 increase compared to the MSRP of the 2011 EX model. The front-wheel and all-wheel drive EX-L variants receive a $100 price increase to $33,700 and $35,150, respectively.
To back up the price increase, Honda’s polarizing crossover gets a few changes: the base, two-wheel-drive EX model now comes standard with automatic headlights, a rearview back-up camera, Bluetooth, HandsFreeLink, and a USB interface for the sound system. Features and options remain the same for all-wheel-drive Crosstours. Additionally, all models are available in two new paint colors: Twilight Blue Metallic and Basque Red Pearl, which replace Glacier Blue Metallic and Tango Red Pearl.
The Crosstour will still be powered by a 271-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 254 lb-ft of torque. All models have a five-speed automatic transmission and feature Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which improves fuel efficiency by deactivating cylinders based on driving conditions. Official 2012 EPA fuel figures aren’t out yet, but Honda estimates the number will be identical to 2011. That means two-wheel drive models will get 18/27 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive Crosstours are rated at 18/26 mpg city/highway.
And when Honda finally decides to green light a four-cylinder option, it will likely be pulled from the range-topping EX and EX-L Accord, which puts out 190 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque from a 2.4-liter engine. Should a smaller engine be added to the Crosstour lineup, the option could attract more customers with a sub-$30,000 price point and added fuel efficiency over the V-6 Crosstour.