Honda is making an Etch-A-Sketch move when it comes to trying to reboot sales of the Crosstour, a vehicle that could never quite decide whether it’s a car or a crossover.
The new version of the Crosstour went on sale Tuesday with “more purposeful” exterior styling, a more powerful engine, fancier inside touches and a cheaper price. It gets sleeker looks to go with a name that was slimmed-down for the 2012 model, when the former Accord Crosstour became just the Crosstour.
I imagine the changes are the result of watching sales never attain cruising altitude. Honda sold 16,748 Crosstours through October this year, up 7.7% from the same time last year, Autodata reports. That doesn’t sound too bad until you consider that the Honda division as a whole is up 22% over the same period.
The new one will lure buyers with the lower price, starting at $27,230, down $525. Besides a pair of four-cylinder engines, the Crosstour will also have an available 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine that has seven more horsepower yet gets up to 25 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. It is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It will have a standard moon roof and premium features such as Honda’s LaneWatch system that gives drivers a rear-camera view of the right side of the car as soon as the right turn signal is activated.