The Future Looks Murky for Honda's Crosstour

The recipe should yield a sales success: five-door practicality, an optional V6, all-wheel-drive, and membership in the burgeoning crossover market. Honda's Crosstour has all those things, but since its launch in 2010, the crossover has yet to light the automotive world on fire. Sales, as of late, have hit low points.  That performance has cast doubt onto the model's long-term viability. According to a new Automotive News report, it may not be long of this world. Honda will focus its marketing efforts and car-buying incentives on the brand's stronger selling core models, such as the Accord, Civic, and CR-V, which accounted for 76 percent of Honda's US sales last year. RELATED: See more photos of the Honda Crosstour RELATED: Check out the all-new Honda Civic Type-R For customers, the Crosstour offers substantial practicality as owners will tell you. But the stumbling block for its mass appeal likely comes from its price, which starts just north of $27,500... or about $5,000 more than the Accord sedan it's based on. The Crosstour notched its biggest sales volume in 2010 with 28,851 models sold. Last year 11,802 left dealer lots in the US. The recent happenings over at crosstown rival Toyota send a mixed message about the segment as well. Just last week, Toyota confirmed that its Venza crossover – a direct competitor – would not live to see 2016. The Toyota's exit could give Honda more elbow room, though given the Venza outsold the Crosstour by almost threefold, it may be more of a sign of things to come. AN asked American Honda vice president John Mendel about whether the Crosstour would follow the Venza's route. He noted, “Maybe that's news for another day,” later adding, “We haven't given up on the Crosstour.” RELATED: This custom 2015 Honda Fit took home top honors at SEMA ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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