For several years, we’ve been hearing rumors about the possible comeback of the Crosstour. The Accord-based wagon crossover was in production for several years, but it never managed to make some solid sales numbers, something we would expect from a Honda model. Simply, Subaru Outback somehow remains the one and the only in this class and buyers hardly choose something else. Toyota also tried with the same approach but ended up in the same way as Honda. These days, we are seeing a comeback of Venza, though in a different form. Allegedly, the 2021 Honda Crosstour is also about to come back.
However, Honda’s familiar nameplate won’t change its character and it looks like we will see a crossover wagon once again. As you may presume, the popular mid-sedan Accord will once again serve as a basis, but we are about to see loads of upgrades as well. According to the latest reports, the new model could arrive already in the next year.
2021 Honda Crosstour Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, it looks like the 2021 Honda Crosstour will stick to a familiar approach. This means it would come as a typical crossover wagon, designed to compete with Subaru Outback. As you may presume, the Accord would once again serve as a platform. The two models would share the platform and wheelbase, which goes a little bit over 111 inches.
While most of the mechanics are about to remain the same, the 2021 Honda Crosstour would come with a different body style. Of course, we would see a typical station wagon layout, which would provide significantly more cargo space. Also, we would see a completely different suspension setup, with significantly higher ground clearance. Obviously, this is the thing that would make 2021 Honda Crosstour a crossover. On the other side, the front end would remain pretty much the same, though we could see slightly different bumper design.
When it comes to interior design, we don’t expect that Honda engineers would bother too much with this aspect of the car. Simply, the current Accord features a well-designed cabin, so there is no doubt that the 2021 Honda Crosstour would feature the same or almost the same layout. This includes the same dashboard design, which comes with very fine materials and excellent fit and finish.
This also means pretty much the same amount of legroom in both rows, which is more than sufficient at the moment. Due to a station wagon layout, we count on more headroom in the second row. More importantly, we count on significant improvements in terms of cargo space. The exact numbers are still unavailable but we presume Honda engineers try to beat Outback’s ratings. This would mean more than 32.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 75.7 cubic feet of the overall cargo volume.
2021 Honda Crosstour Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, we count on the same options you can find in the Accord. This particularly refers to the 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 252 horsepower and comes in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission. On the other side, we are not sure about the base 1.5-liter engine, which puts out around 192 horsepower and comes in pair with a CVT gearbox.
We presume that the Japanese manufacturer will also offer a hybrid version of this crossover. Of course, that would be the same powertrain that powers the Accord hybrid, which combines a four-cylinder engine with a couple of electric motors. The combined output goes around 212 horsepower. This system also comes in pair with a CVT gearbox.
2021 Honda Crosstour Safety
Another aspect where we expect a lot from the new 2021 Honda Crosstour is safety. This particularly refers to safety features, where Honda has always been one of the industry leaders. We presume that the list won’t be much different compared to the one that can be found in the current Accord. This would mean standard features like a rearview camera, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and a road departure mitigation system. Additionally, there are goodies like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, as well as a head-up display.
Release Date and Price
If we can rely on the latest reports, the 2021 Honda Crosstour could arrive already in the next year. The base price would probably go around 30.000 dollars. Still, keep in mind that the company is still quiet about this comeback, so take this article with a reserve.