2014 Honda CrossTour EX-L AWD V6

2014 Honda CrossTour EX-L

CROSSING OVER FROM SEDAN TO SUV The new 2014 Honda Crosstour EX AWD V6 approaches the SUV formula from a noticeably sleek, sporty and

fuel-efficiency outlook while also maximizing the interior’s cargo capacity, versatility and premium amenities.  The Crosstour offers a unique combination of crossover practicality, a sedan-like ride and handling capabilities with all of the Honda Accord’s comfort, luxury, connectivity and safety. 

The 2014 Crosstour comes with a long list of standard and optional features including keyless Smart Entry with push button start/stop, driver visibility enhancing technologies such as LaneWatch blind sport display, and a more powerful, fuel-efficient Earth Dreams V6 engine.  With the exceptional versatility of its four-way configurable 51.3 cu. ft. of cargo area, a hidden underfloor utility box, and comfortable seating for five-adults, the feature-packed 2014 Honda Crosstour is the coolest option in the premium mid-size crossover segment.  I tested a fully loaded V6 powered EX AWD model and came away very impressed with the overall package.

Stylin

g of the Crosstour is unique and ‘one-of-a-kind’ blending crossover design with a sleek and sporty premium look.  The front fascia shows the signature Honda 2-horizontal chrome slat grille and open lower air-intake with a front metallic diffuser.  Large auto on-off projector-beam headlights wrap around the front to the sides.  Down below is a metallic diffuser and underbody cladding to help with off-road driving and at the sides are round foglamps with metallic accents.  The hood features two creases to help manage airflow up and over the steeply raked windshield A-pillars to the rounded roof ending at the fastback rear that dives down into the large tailgate opening with a low lift-in height.  The silhouette shows flared fenders, a raising character line that runs through the chrome pull-out door handles, aero-styled power-remote/heated sideview mirrors, a full-perimeter chrome strip around the greenhouse, a chrome strip runs through the bottom of each door and a black lower bodykit enhances stability.  From the rear is a large lite of glass, (all privacy from the 2nd row glass backward), large wraparound LED lamp clusters, a big upturned spoiler at the bottom of the liftgate, a bold rear bumper with a metallic lower diffuser and two rectangular chrome exhaust finishers.  The design is like the Crosstour was carved out from a single piece of metal.

The Crosstour EX-L AWD that I tested comes standard with the Earth Dreams Technology 3.5 liter 24-valve, SOHC, all-aluminum,  i-VTEC V6 engine that also features Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to maximize efficiency by allowing the engine to run on three or six cylinders, depending on engine load and speed.  This high-tech V6 produces 278hp at 6,200rpm and 252lb.ft. of torque at just 4,900rpm giving the Crosstour the ability to quickly accelerate, pass slower vehicles on the highway and it has excellent grade climbing abilities with Honda’s ‘Real Time’ 4WD.  The standard six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and features paddle shifters when I want to hold a gear to redline for more spirited driving times. 

The Crosstour’s inspired handling is thanks to its rigid body structure using more than 50% high-strength steel and its four-wheel independent suspension.  Up front is a double-wishbone setup with coil springs, gas-charged shocks and a 28.6mm stabilizer bar.  The rear multi-link setup features coil springs, gas-charged shocks and a 14mm stabilizer bar that keep both the front and rear flat traveling through sharp curving roads.  To further enhance its excellent handling abilities is a large, tubular strut tower brace up front to increase rigidity.  Driving the 2014 Crosstour is similar to driving the new 2014 Honda Accord V6 Touring sedan.  Precise and pin-point steering is provided by a power assisted rack & pinion steering system that steers the Crosstour in the direction of where I want it to go, whether on road or off road.  The leather-wrapped/tilt/telescopic steering wheel fits perfectly in my hands and is weighted just right with quick response to my inputs and a very good feel for the road.  At slow speeds the wheel is lighter to the touch and as speeds increase so does the steering effort.

Large power-assisted steel disc brakes quickly and safely slow the Crosstour down from speed.  Up front are 11.7 inch vented rotors clamped with dual-piston calipers and 12 inch solid discs clamped with single-piston calipers bring up the rear.  Standard ABS, EBD, BA and Vehicle Stability Assist all work together to keep me in control during severe braking on wet or slick pavement.  Enhancing traction and grip are large 18X8 inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 225/60R18 inch all-season radials tires. 

The interior is roomy, comfortable, ergonomic, luxurious with premium appointments and attention to detail.  My EX-L test Crosstour came was fully equipped with all of the options including leather-trimmed/heated/10-way/lumbar power adjustable front with two driver memory, and 4-way power adjustable front passenger bucket seats that are very comfortable and cut deep to keep me and my front passenger snug in our seats during hard cornering action.  The gauge cluster is straight ahead and easy to see and understand with a large window for the trip computer.  The steering wheel features controls for the Bluetooth Hands Free phone, cruise control and audio system.  The center stack is pure Honda with all buttons and dials within easy reach and fully illuminated for safe nighttime driving.  Like the Accord, the Crosstour features two large touchscreens, one 8 inch screen for the Honda Navigation system with voice recognition and rearview camera plus a smaller 6 inch screen for the 360-watt AM-FM-CD-Sirius Satellite Radio with 7-speakers including a 10 inch subwoofer.  The center console contains two cupholders, a flip-open storage bin in front and a large storage box with a padded armrest.  The rear of the center console has two air-outlets to more efficiently channel air to the rear.  The 2nd row features a pull-down center armrest with dual cupholders.  More standard equipment in the EX-L model that I tested not mentioned above includes a one-touch power moonroof, remote entry, power windows with express up/down in front, power door locks, push button start/stop, dual zone automatic climate control with air filtration system, selector knob with scrolling and multi-line display, leather-wrapped shift knob, dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, ambient console lighting, maintenance minder system, sunglass holder, coin box, 12-volt power outlets (3), driver/front passenger seatback pockets, hidden removable utility box in the rear, reversible cargo floor covers, cargo area lights (2), variable speed wipers/washers/rear wiper/washer, floor mats, HondaLink featuring Aha compatibility, RDA radio system, MP3/Windows Media Audio  (WMA) playback capability, Pandora Internet Radio interface, MP3/Auxiliary input jack, USB audio interface, SMS text messaging functionality, Active Sound Control,  speed-sensitive volume control, grab handles above each door, remote fuel filler door release and trunk release.  The rear cargo storage area is unique with the ability to fold flat the 60/40 split 2nd row seats by pulling a lever in the rear and there are 2-cargo lights.  The entire floor space front and back has thick cut-pile floor mats and four tie-downs.  There aren’t too many other crossovers priced under $40,000.00 that can match the 2014 Honda Crosstour EX-L for performance, comfort, driving composure, connectivity, versatility and luxury.

The new 2014 Honda Crosstour EX-L is one of the safest crossover’s on the road with standard driver/front passenger dual-stage airbags, driver/front passenger side airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, ACE body structure, tire pressure monitoring system, active front head restraints, 5-3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, LATCH system for child seats, Daytime Running Lamps, side-impact door beams and front/rear crumple zones.

The 2014 Honda Crosstour EX-L AWD V6 is one of the best of the niche segment of crossovers that drives like a sedan yet has the versatility and practicality of a sport utility vehicle for on-road and off-road fun and enjoyment.

COPYRIGHT: 2014: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

Wheelbase: 110.1 inches

Length: 196.6 inches

Height: 61.5 inches

Width: 74.7 inches

Track: f/r-64.9/64.9 inches

Ground clearance: 6.2 inches

Curb weight: 3,934 pounds

Towing capacity: 1,500 pounds

Headroom: f/r-39.5/37.5 inches

Legroom: f/r-42.2/37 inches

Cargo volume rear seat up/down-25.7/51.3cu.ft.

Passenger volume: 101.8cu.ft.

EPA mileage: 19mpg/city, 28mpg/highway

Price: $37,240.00 as tested