Honda Accord Crosstour

From Honda press:  The Honda Accord Crosstour combines the sophisticated refinement of a premium sedan with versatile aspects from an SUV to create an entirely distinct concept within the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment. Leveraging the many benefits of a car-based design, the Accord Crosstour starts with the top-level refinement of the Accord V-6 Sedan and further expands utility with a sleek-yet-functional profile for increased cargo space.

Taken in its entirety, the Accord Crosstour is designed to fulfill multiple roles with a stylish exterior and premium interior appointments from the passenger cabin to the cargo area. Yet it can also deliver elevated levels of utility with accommodating under-floor storage and reversible cargo area floor panels for dirty objects. Cargo area access is further enhanced with a large-opening tailgate and a low lift-over height.

All Accord Crosstour models come standard with a 271-horsepower i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) designed for power and efficiency. A technologically advanced 5-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment. For CUV capability, the Accord Crosstour provides 6.0 inches of ground clearance and Real Time™ 4WD drive is available.

The Accord Crosstour's standard i-VTEC SOHC 3.5-liter engine can deactivate up to half of the engine's cylinders when less power is needed while cruising or decelerating. The system provides V-6 power when accelerating or climbing, as well as the fuel efficiency of a smaller engine while cruising. The engine produces 271 horsepower at 6,200 RPM and 254 lb-ft. of torque at 5,000 RPM while achieving an EPA-rated city/highway fuel economy of 18/27 mpg1 on 2WD models. The VCM cylinder deactivation system is programmed to run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders, based on current power requirements. Powered by the intelligence of i-VTEC technology, VCM quickly and seamlessly activates or deactivates 2 or 3 cylinders by closing an individual cylinder's intake and exhaust valves at the same time while also shutting off the fuel injectors on the closed cylinders.

The Accord Crosstour's engine is an advanced 3.5-liter, SOHC, 24-valve, 60-degree, V-6, aluminum-block-and-head design that is compact, lightweight and powerful. The i-VTEC valvetrain and high efficiency intake manifold optimize cylinder-filling efficiency across a wide range of engine speeds. Low-restriction intake and exhaust systems, a 10.5:1 compression ratio and roller-type rocker arms further aid efficiency and power delivery across a broad RPM range.

The Accord Crosstour's V-6 has a die-cast lightweight aluminum alloy block with cast-in-place iron cylinder liners. Made with a centrifugal spin casting process, the thin-wall liners are high in strength and low in porosity. The block incorporates a deep-skirt design with four bolts per bearing cap for rigid crankshaft support and minimized noise and vibration. Both the block and caps are heat treated for greater strength.

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