2019 Honda Crosstour Just when it appears the automotive trade has misplaced its way with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every countryman, a simple automotive emerges. For over 50 years, this car has been the 2019 Honda Crosstour.
Typically derided by fanatics as home equipment, the no-frills commuter car gets the vast majority of shoppers the place they want to go within the manner they need to get there, safely and at a worth. The 2019 Honda Crosstour does it even better.
Exhibit A that the automotive trade has gotten somewhat nuts: the typical transaction price for a brand new car is greater than $37,000, in accordance with Kelley Blue Guide. Easy responsible the automakers in this era of no accountability but we are those paying these large costs for big autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that much.
For just below $23,000, the 2019 Honda Crosstour puts each dollar to functional use.
Even though it rides on a new platform, the 2019 Honda Crosstour blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball sport. On nearer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents around the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears to be like extra composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that tried too laborious to be completely different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is more streamlined and fewer indignant, and the whole look is smoother front to again. However still, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 Honda Crosstour within the US is built on Toyota’s two decades of success with hybrid powertrains. It uses the identical Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Total output with the fastened ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system makes use of exhaust warmth to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats quicker, too, which could possibly be important for cold-weather shoppers cautious of the chilly vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical car.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot because the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a stunning bit of pop. Extra importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg mixed, identical as hybrid variations of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids and not using a plug, the 2019 Honda Crosstour trails solely the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round city, with the electronically managed brake set within the drive mode, the 2019 Honda Crosstour averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week round city. Setting EV mode helps preserve power below low throttle up to about 20 mph, after which again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, so long as there may be sufficient cost in the battery.
The battery is situated under the rear seat, so that you don’t lose a lot cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a fair load floor. Rear seat room is ample sufficient to suit two teens, and overall it felt roomy sufficient for a household of 4.
The only trim in the Hybrid comes normal with Toyota Security Sense 2.zero, with automated emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works each at highway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph all the way down to a cease. It also comes with the eight-inch touch display with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster display to stay aggressive.
Priced at solely $3,000 more than the 2019 Honda Crosstour and $1,200 less than a similarly equipped Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 Honda Crosstour is the perfectly sensible, remarkably cheap around-town automobile.
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