2012 Honda Crosstour

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Honda Crosstour. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Responsive transmission
  • Large backseat
  • Rear cargo box
  • Easy-to-fold seats
  • High-rent leather upholstery

The Bad

  • Overall interior quality not up to competitors
  • Relatively small cargo area
  • Limited rear visibility
  • Backseat doesn't adjust
  • Large turning circle
  • Uncompetitive towing capacity
2012 Honda Crosstour exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2012 Honda Crosstour

  • Wagon version of Accord sedan
  • Standard V-6
  • Available AWD
  • Seats five
  • Large, controversial grille

2012 Honda Crosstour Road Test

Bill Jackson

In the 2012 Crosstour, Honda attempts to blend the qualities of a car with those of an SUV. What it created is a practical, comfortable wagon that still falls short of SUV versatility.

Honda fell even shorter in its visual design: The Crosstour looks like a boat in search of an ocean.

Exterior
The Crosstour stands out in a crowd, mostly because of its size. "It's a big car" is a phrase more than one person used to describe it. It stands taller than most cars, and it also seems a bit wider and longer than anything around it. If you're not used to a larger car, it might be challenging to park the Crosstour; it's even longer than you think it is. After a week in the car I was still leaving too much of the rear end hanging into the parking aisle.

Speaking of the rear end, the most tasteful way I can describe it is to say it's the Crosstour's ugliest feature. The rear overhang (the distance between the wheels and the bumper) is unbelievably long, and the body has a great deal of height, leading to a roofline that's so high Honda had to use one of those split rear windows.

If Honda were somehow able to trim that area down or sculpt it a bit more, the Crosstour would be a much better-looking vehicle, but I suspect that would cut down on the car's best feature: its usefulness.

Practicality

Some vehicles are large on the outside and surprisingly cramped on the inside. The Crosstour is not one of those cars.

There's a lot of room in the driver'...

In the 2012 Crosstour, Honda attempts to blend the qualities of a car with those of an SUV. What it created is a practical, comfortable wagon that still falls short of SUV versatility.

Honda fell even shorter in its visual design: The Crosstour looks like a boat in search of an ocean.

Exterior
The Crosstour stands out in a crowd, mostly because of its size. "It's a big car" is a phrase more than one person used to describe it. It stands taller than most cars, and it also seems a bit wider and longer than anything around it. If you're not used to a larger car, it might be challenging to park the Crosstour; it's even longer than you think it is. After a week in the car I was still leaving too much of the rear end hanging into the parking aisle.

Speaking of the rear end, the most tasteful way I can describe it is to say it's the Crosstour's ugliest feature. The rear overhang (the distance between the wheels and the bumper) is unbelievably long, and the body has a great deal of height, leading to a roofline that's so high Honda had to use one of those split rear windows.

If Honda were somehow able to trim that area down or sculpt it a bit more, the Crosstour would be a much better-looking vehicle, but I suspect that would cut down on the car's best feature: its usefulness.

Practicality

Some vehicles are large on the outside and surprisingly cramped on the inside. The Crosstour is not one of those cars.

There's a lot of room in the driver's area, and it feels open in there. A lot of cars have high doorsills, narrow windshields or bulky center consoles that make me feel wedged into the car. Not the Crosstour. Backseat room is also quite good: At 6-foot-1, I had plenty of legroom and didn't feel like my knees were thrust up too high. It's important to note, however, that the backseat doesn't adjust forward and back, as some do.

The cargo area is a deep bay. What's odd is that it narrows sharply as it goes back — more so than the cargo area in, say, an SUV. The Crosstour will excel at carrying things like grocery bags, but not wide items.

Further, sticking within the Honda family, you can see that the Crosstour has less overall space than the compact CR-V SUV and much less than the midsize Pilot SUV. See the table here.

While the cargo area isn't the largest, it's low enough that shorter people won't struggle to lift items into the rear. Neither is it so low that it will be a pain for taller folks.

The Crosstour did a good job of carrying some of our editors' children. Check the photos to see how the Crosstour performed in our Car Seat Check.

A hidden cargo box in the Crosstour's floor is a useful feature. Plenty of cars provide an area under the cargo floor to store things, but Honda took it a step further by adding a box that pops out and has built-in handles. Honda says the box is water-resistant, and I can see it being a handy place to store muddy shoes and other things I eventually have to carry into the house.

Finally, Honda deserves praise for making a backup camera standard for 2012 (though you could also say it deserves scorn for waiting so long to do it). That's because rear visibility in the Crosstour is really poor. That's not just because of the split window; the rear glass is also very narrow. I relied on the camera more than I have in any other car, and I'd go so far as to say it's a necessity here.

Interior
The Crosstour isn't a luxury vehicle — that's the domain of Honda's Acura brand — but it isn't ugly on the inside. Our test model came with leather seats that look nice and feel substantial. The same goes for the switches, steering wheel and gearshift: They all feel solid, not like flimsy add-ons.

There are a couple of off-putting things inside, though. The center control panel has an intimidating array of buttons and switches, but I was able to get used to it more quickly than in other cars with similar layouts. It's helpful that Honda uses large, clear letters and icons to indicate what the different controls do.

What I couldn't get used to was the navigation system's poor graphics. Is this flaw the end of the world? No, but if I'm paying more money for something like a navigation system, I'd like it to look nice — or at least to have better graphics than an Atari 2600.

Driving
The Crosstour isn't designed to blow you away with sporty performance, but I found its power around town to be adequate. The same goes on the highway: It gets the job done. One shortcoming is a lack of midrange response from the transmission; it took longer than I wanted to kick down gears.

The steering and brakes are similarly unobtrusive. The steering is light enough for parking lots but doesn't get light and twitchy at highway speeds. The brakes are on the light side, though, which took awhile to get used to. They don't really grab the car and slam it to a halt; they're more squishy. It's the kind of thing you get used to the more you drive it, but if you're accustomed to the aggressive brakes of the Accord, the Crosstour will disappoint.

There was no wind noise I could discern, which is somewhat surprising given the Crosstour's bulk. This thing was silent on the highway.

The best word to describe the Crosstour's performance is "pleasant." It gets you where you need to go and doesn't raise a fuss while doing so, but it won't give you driving thrills.

Changes to the Crosstour
The Crosstour began its life as the Accord Crosstour in 2010. For the 2012 model year, it dropped the "Accord" from its name and added automatic headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and, most importantly, a backup camera. You can check out the full range of changes here.
Safety, Reliability & Mileage
The Crosstour is predicted to have better than average reliability. It receives the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest rating — Good — in frontal offset, side-impact and rear crash protection tests. It's rated Marginal (one step above the institute's lowest rating of Poor) in roof-strength tests.

The Crosstour is available with front- and all-wheel drive. Both versions get 18 mpg in the city, but front-wheel-drive versions return 27 mpg on the highway, compared with 26 mpg for all-wheel drive.

Crosstour in the Market
Overall, the Crosstour is fairly good at providing the space and cargo capacity of an SUV in a car. But you have to really want a car.

That's because the Crosstour doesn't provide the high view of the road that an SUV does, and, ultimately, I don't think the cargo area is as versatile as an SUV's. With a sticker price that starts around $30,000, you're passing up a lot of competitors that offer more utility and more fun.

It's not so much that the Crosstour is a bad car, it's more that others are better. Some smaller SUVs offer more overall room, and there are other tall wagons on the market, ranging from the Toyota Venza to more luxurious (and more expensive) offerings like the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz R-Class. Cross-shopping any of those cars will help you decide if the Crosstour will do all you need to be satisfied.

Cargo comparison
Car Luggage volume
(cu.ft.)
Max luggage volume
(cu.ft.)
2012 Crosstour
25.7 51.3
2012 CR-V 37.2 70.9
2012 Pilot
47.7* 87.0
*With standard third-row seat folded; volume behind third row is 18 cu. ft.

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Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Amazing Crossover

by Christian from The Colony, TX on March 4, 2018

Lots of room. 3.5L V6 very strong. Leather is great and trunk space is truly amazing. At first I wasn't into the look, but it grew on me. Now the 2012 model is my favorite. MPG is great 20 city and 27 ... Read full review

(4.0)

still ticking like a timex

by stu1949 from Frankfort, Il. on February 5, 2018

I currently own and drive this car. Its been coast to coast and Florida to Winnipeg, Manitoba. I change oil each year(Mobil1) 74000 miles. One set of tires. no problems so far. I would jump in and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Honda Crosstour currently has 1 recall

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Crosstour received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker