Honda Crossovers Guide

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Honda Crosstour

Year: Starting at $27,755 MPG 21-29 The Crosstour is easily Honda’s most distinctive mid-size car, with a body more SUV-like than the studiously sedan-y Accord and Civic. 2013 will bring an even more aggressive style, inching it closer to the SUV side of the crossover market. The Crosstour shares much of what’s inside with the Accord, including the engine and suspension. It also makes use of Variable Cylinder Management, which allows the car to adjust its power to the demands of the driver and increases fuel economy. The 2013 model will come with Honda’s new safety equipment, including blind spot cameras, Lane Departure Warning, and Front Collision Warning. The Crosstour distinguishes itself from Honda’s other mid-size cars not only in its styling, but with its much greater capacity. With 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space, it has just about twice as much space as the Accord or Civic. Despite being one of only four Honda models not rated above 30 mpg on the highway, it still gets a relatively strong 25 to 27 mpg highway and 17 to 18 mpg in the city, enough to incite gas-pump envy from plenty of drivers. …
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Honda Odyssey

Year: Starting at $28,575 MPG 18-27 The Honda Odyssey is the kind of minivan you always hoped you’d be able to drive. It holds seven or eight people, depending on seat configuration, tows up to 3,500 pounds, and boasts almost 40 cubic feet of storage behind the third row. There’s plenty of room for storage up front, too, with a large removable center console that can fit a bag and several water bottles. For trips to IKEA or cross-country moves, the rear seats fold seamlessly into the floor to maximize cargo space. The Odyssey runs a V6 engine with either a five- or six-speed automatic transmission. It has Honda technology that allows some cylinders to shut off when not in use, helping it achieve a class-high 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Perhaps best of all is an available giant rear video monitor with a split screen, to avoid tantrums if your brood can’t agree on a movie. The Odyssey’s price is high, its design is far from sexy, and it can be a little slow to accelerate and decelerate, but otherwise it is just about everything you could ask for in a minivan. …
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