The Honda Crosstour is on MSN’s list of best cars in bad weather. Specifically, Honda likes the EX-L 4WD option powered by a V6 engine. MSN was looking for cars that handle well in snow — trucks and vans were not eligible to qualify for this list.
EX-L was considered because it is the only Crosstour model that offers Honda’s Real Time 4WD. Honda’s Real Time 4WD engages when the system detects you slipping. It transfers power to where you get tire grip. The hydraulically actuated system operates only when front wheel slippage occurs, helping you through terrain that can be tricky to maneuver.
“If you want a compact car with a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, the 2013 Honda Civic is the only choice,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “We believe this is a distinct competitive advantage, especially as more and more consumers place a premium on crash rating performance.”
Top Safety Pick Plus is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s newest top ranking, which separates out the best of best for safety. IIHS scores the 2013 Honda Civic Good in the moderate overlap front test results, Good for the small overlap front test, good for side impact test results, and good for roof strength test. To achieve Top Safety Pick Plus status, a vehicle must receive a score of good in at lease 4 of 5 tests and no less than acceptable in the fifth test. Less than 20 vehicles across the United State have been designated as a Top Safety Pick Plus.