2015 Honda Crosstour

What's new for 2015? For 2015, the Honda Crosstour is essentially unchanged from last year.

There was a time when you could buy Honda Accord hatchbacks and wagons. But since the 2010 model year, Honda has been offering the four-door, Accord-based Crosstour hatchback, which is sort of a blend of these two ideas with a few crossover SUV characteristics thrown in for good measure.

Compared to the Accord sedan, the 2015 Crosstour boasts an additional 10 cubic feet of room for your belongings with the rear seats up. And thanks to its user-friendly hatchback design, accessing this cargo area is simple. It also has a slighter higher stance than typical midsize sedans, and this makes it easy to get in and out while providing a better view of the road ahead. In addition, shoppers in the Snowbelt will appreciate the Crosstour's available all-wheel drive, a feature that isn't offered on the Accord. And compared to a compact or midsize crossover SUV you might buy instead, the Crosstour gives you handling that's truly carlike.

Exterior Highlights
Hatchback available in EX or EX-L trim levels. Base four-cylinder and V6 engines available, and equiptment varies depending on engine type

The four-door 2015 Honda Crosstour hatchback is available in two main trim levels: EX and EX-L. From there, equipment varies depending on whether you choose the base four-cylinder or the V6 engine.

The EX comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglamps, a sunroof, full power accessories, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio, cruise and phone functions, automatic climate control, a 60/40-split-folding rear seatback, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera (with its monitor embedded in the rearview mirror), Bluetooth phone connectivity and a seven-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer, auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The EX V6 model adds a V6 engine, 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry, an 8-inch infotainment screen (the rearview camera display relocated here and features multiple viewing angles) with a dial-type controller, Honda's LaneWatch passenger-side blind spot monitor, dual-zone automatic climate control, a four-way power passenger seat, Bluetooth audio connectivity and an upgraded sound system with Aha and Pandora radio smartphone integration with SMS text functionality. (However, rather than a six-disc in-dash changer, this system has a single-CD player.)

The EX-L includes the EX V6 features (less the 18-inch wheels and keyless ignition/entry) and adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver seat memory functions, forward collision and lane departure warning systems and satellite radio.

The EX-L V6 adds back the V6 engine, 18-inch wheels and keyless ignition/entry. The sole option for the EX-L (with either engine) is a voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system with 16GB set aside for storing audio files.

High mounted screen, voice activation, multipurpose control knob/dial, roomy cabin, respectable head and legroom, comfortable and supportive seats

When it comes to the look of its cabin, the 2015 Honda Crosstour is a dead ringer for the previous-generation Accord sedan on which it is based. This means that the center stack is crowded with a plethora of buttons, and opting for the navigation system only adds to the button overload. Fortunately, the combination of a high-mounted screen, voice activation and a multipurpose control knob/dial serves to simplify operation of the many systems.

The Crosstour offers a roomy cabin, with respectable head and legroom in the front and rear seats. The front seats themselves are comfortable and supportive. Although this five-passenger Honda hatchback won't work if you need a third-row seat, it offers more than enough room to carry two adults or three kids in the backseat. Compared to an Accord sedan, the Crosstour is indeed more versatile, with the hatchback allowing you to load bulky items more easily.

Standard safety features for all 2015 Honda Crosstours include active front seat head restraints, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. All Crosstours also have a rearview camera, while the EX V6 and all EX-L models have Honda's very useful LaneWatch passenger-side blind spot monitor, which instantly switches the 8-inch screen's display to a low and wide view of the passenger side of the car when the right turn signal is engaged.

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