2013 Honda Crosstour Offers Class-Leading Highway Fuel Efficiency with new 4-cylinder Model, More Power from Available V6,

2013 Honda Crosstour Offers Class-Leading Highway Fuel Efficiency with new 
4-cylinder Model, More Power from Available V6, Refined  Styling, Enhanced 
Safety and New Lower Base Price 
Extensive updates and a repositioned starting price make Crosstour the 
smartest choice in a mid-size crossover 
MARKHAM, ON, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The 2013 Honda Crosstour has received 
extensive updates, including more purposeful exterior styling, significant 
upgrades to the interior design and materials, and a more powerful and more 
fuel-efficient Earth Dreams™ V6 engine coupled to a six-speed automatic 
transmission with paddle-shift control. For the first time in Canada, the 
Crosstour features a standard 4-cylinder engine. The 2013 Honda Crosstour goes 
on sale November 21, 2012, and pricing begins at $28,990. Expanding the 
appeal of Crosstour by offering a new EX 4-cylinder entry-level trim, starting 
MSRP is $6,000 lower than the most affordable 2012 Crosstour V6 2WD trim. 
"The rugged new styling, coupled with class-leading highway fuel-efficiency 
and a lower starting MSRP make the 2013 Honda Crosstour the smartest choice in 
a mid-size crossover," said Dave Jamieson, assistant vice president, Honda 
Canada Inc. 
Standard equipment on all Crosstour models includes a rearview camera with 
guidelines, Bluetooth(®) HandsFreeLink(™), USB/iPod(®) connection, fog 
lights, one-touch turn signals and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror. The 
front-wheel-drive Crosstour offers two trim levels (EX, EX-L), and features 
the four-cylinder engine, with Real Time™ 4WD standard on the EX-L V6 model. 
Kona Coffee Metallic is a newly available colour for 2013. 
The 2013 Crosstour is one of the first Honda models available with the new 
keyless Smart Entry with Push Button start, as well as Honda's LaneWatch™ 
blind-spot display, which uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror 
to provide an enhanced rearward view of the passenger-side roadway. Other 
standard visibility-enhancing features include the rearview camera and new 
re-shaped rear headrests. 
The 2013 Honda Crosstour also receives safety enhancements, including 
available Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). 
Other safety upgrades to the 2013 Crosstour are designed to help it earn top 
IIHS roof-crush safety scores, as well as a 5-Star NCAP rating. 
Summary of Changes 

    --  More rugged and premium exterior styling
    --  Upgraded interior design and materials
    --  Standard 4-cylinder engine
    --  More powerful available Earth Dreams™ 3.5-litre V6 engine
    --  Class-leading highway fuel economy
    --  Available 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
    --  Available Honda LaneWatch™ blind-spot display
    --  Standard visibility enhancements including rearview camera,
        re-shaped rear headrests and Expanded View Driver's Mirror
    --  Available HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ compatibility
    --  Available Smart Entry with Push Button start
    --  Available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure
        Warning (LDW)
    --  New Kona Coffee Metallic exterior colour

The two different four-cylinder Crosstour models, the 2-wheel-drive EX and 
EX-L, are powered by a 2.4-litre, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC(®) engine. The 
four-cylinder models significantly broaden the Crosstour's appeal through a 
lower price point and an estimated fuel economy rating(1) of 9.4 L/100 km 
city, 6.4 L/100 km highway, and 8.1 L/100 km combined. The 4-cylinder engine 
produces 192 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 162 lb-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. A 
technologically-advanced 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic 
Control is standard equipment.

The new available Earth Dreams™ 3.5-litre, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC(®) V6 
engine utilizes Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to maximize efficiency, 
allowing the engine to run on 3 or 6 cylinders, depending on engine load and 
speed. For 2013, power output climbs to 278 horsepower at 6200 rpm, a 7-hp 
gain over the 2012 Crosstour V6. Peak torque output is now 252 lb-ft. at 4900 
rpm with a much wider torque spread. The net result is a more responsive 
engine across the rev range that drivers use every day, combined with better 
peak power for quick acceleration, passing, and climbing grades. The Crosstour 
V6's new 6-speed automatic transmission also includes new steering 
wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Fuel efficiency for the V6 is also significantly improved, with it now 
achieving an estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating(1) of 
11.1/7.1/9.3 L/100 km for the Crosstour EX-L with Real Time™ 4WD. This 
represents a 0.6L/100 km reduction in combined fuel consumption.

Since its debut as a 2010 model, the Honda Crosstour has created its own 
unique crossover SUV identity with a distinctively sleek, sporty and 
fuel-efficient style. This continues for 2013 with a newly refreshed exterior 
that provides a more rugged, active, and premium look, while still concealing 
an accommodating rear cargo area with a large tailgate. An under-floor storage 
area in the rear of the vehicle adds even more functionality, while reversible 
floor panels accommodate messy cargo.

Standard exterior features on Crosstour EX include chrome door handles, 
17-inch 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels and P225/65R-17 all-season tires. 
Additional exterior features on the Crosstour EX include auto-on/off 
projector-beam headlights, a one-touch power moonroof with tilt, body-coloured 
folding power side mirrors with defrost, auto-up/down driver's and front 
passenger's windows, and rear privacy glass. The top-of-the-line Crosstour 
EX-L V6 with Real Time™ 4WD adds 18-inch alloy wheels with P225/60R-18 
all-season tires.

The Crosstour has inspired handling, thanks to its double-wishbone front and 
independent multi-link rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, and 
front strut tower bar. All Crosstour models include power-assisted ventilated 
front and solid rear disc brakes. For true utility-vehicle capability, the 
Crosstour provides generous ground clearance in addition to the available Real 
Time™ 4WD system.

Premium interior styling, appointments and details extend throughout the 
Crosstour's versatile passenger compartment, which is further improved for 
2013 with upgraded interior design and materials. Inside the Crosstour EX are 
dual zone automatic climate controls with an air-filtration system, a 360-watt 
AM/FM 6-disc audio system with seven speakers, Bluetooth™ HandsFreeLink(®), 
a USB audio interface, steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and phone 
controls, an auto day/night dimming rearview mirror, a compass, an outside 
temperature indicator, an easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seatback, a hidden 
removable utility box and more.

Crosstour EX-L models add leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front 
seats, memory driver's seat and memory side mirrors with reverse tilting 
capability, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, Kevlar(®) cone 
audio speakers, front aluminum dome-type tweeter speakers, HondaLink™ with 
Aha™ compatibility, XM(®) Radio, and more. The EX-L V6 model also adds a 
HomeLink™ transmitter and keyless Smart Entry with Push Button start.

The Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System(2) is available separately on 
Crosstour EX-L V6 models, and now features FM traffic, which provides 
continuously updated traffic information with zero subscription fees - a first 
for Honda in Canada(3). All EX-L and above Crosstour models includes a 
multi-view rearview camera with guidance lines integrated into the display.

Crosstour safety technology includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ 
(ACE™) body structure, a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant 
protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Additional safety 
equipment on the Crosstour includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA(®)), 
anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, side 
curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, driver's and front passenger's side 
airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), 
dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, and active front seat head 

Standard on Crosstour EX-L models is Honda's new Forward Collision Warning 
(FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems. FCW can alert the driver when 
a potential collision with another vehicle ahead is detected, where LDW can 
alert the driver when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use.

A series of visibility enhancements on the 2013 Crosstour can improve safety 
by increasing the driver's awareness of other vehicles, pedestrians or other 
obstacles that are around the Crosstour. Standard on all Crosstour models 
(except the four-cylinder EX) is Honda's exclusive new LaneWatch blind spot 
camera. Other improvements on all Crosstour models include reshaped rear 
headrests that enhance rearward visibility, a standard rearview camera, and a 
new Expanded View Driver's Mirror.

The Crosstour is produced(4) at the Honda of America Mfg., Inc., East Liberty 
Auto Plant in East Liberty, Ohio. At its introduction, the Crosstour was named 
one of the "Top 10 Family Cars" by Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. Consumer Guide 
then added a "Recommended Buy" honors to the Crosstour.

The 2013 Honda Crosstour is covered by a 3-year/60,000 km new-car limited 
warranty, a 5-year/100,000 km powertrain limited warranty, and a 
5-year/unlimited-kilometre corrosion limited warranty.

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(1 )Based on 2013 Natural Resources Canada estimated fuel consumption ratings. 
Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on 
how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

(2) Certain functions that rely on a satellite signal will not work correctly 
in Hawaii and Alaska. These functions include but are not limited to automatic 
clock updates and time zone adjustments.

(3) Not available in all areas. See owner's manual for details

(4) Honda products are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Third-party trademark: The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the 
Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is 
under license.

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Image with caption: "The 2013 Honda Crosstour has received extensive updates, 
including more purposeful exterior styling, significant upgrades to the 
interior design and materials, and a more powerful and more fuel-efficient 
Earth Dreams™ V6. The 2013 Honda Crosstour goes on sale November 21, 2012, 
and pricing begins at $28,990. (CNW Group/Honda Canada Inc.)". Image available 

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