Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Audi A4 VS 2012 Honda Crosstour Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Audi A4

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2012 Honda Crosstour

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A4 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Crosstour doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The A4 offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Crosstour doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The A4 Prestige’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Crosstour doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

Both the A4 and the Crosstour have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the A4 earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the A4’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Crosstour was rated two rankings lower at “Marginal.”

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard Electronic Stability Control, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the A4 Sedan as a “Top Pick” for 2011, a rating only granted to 98 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Crosstour was not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

The A4 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Crosstour’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The A4 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Audi will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Crosstour.

The A4’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Crosstour’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Audi pays for scheduled maintenance on the A4 for 1 year and 5000 miles. Audi will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Crosstour.

Reliability Comparison

The Audi A4’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Crosstour’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi A4 is faster than the Honda Crosstour (automatics tested):

A4

Crosstour

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.8 MPH

89.5 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the A4’s engine produces its peak torque and horsepower at lower RPM’s than the Crosstour:

Horsepower

Torque

A4 2.0 T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

4300 RPM

1500 RPM

Crosstour 3.5 SOHC V6

6200 RPM

5000 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the A4 gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstour:

A4

Crosstour

FWD

CVT

22 city/30 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

V6/Auto

AWD

Manual

21 city/31 hwy

n/a

6-spd Auto

21 city/29 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the A4’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Crosstour:

A4

Crosstour

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.7 inches

The A4 stops much shorter than the Crosstour:

A4

Crosstour

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A4 has larger standard tires than the Crosstour (245/40R18 vs. 225/65R17). The A4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Crosstour (255/35R19 vs. 225/65R17).

The A4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Crosstour EX’s standard 65 series tires. The A4’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Crosstour EX-L’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A4 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Crosstour’s largest wheels are only 18 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A4 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Crosstour’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The A4 2.0T Avant Quattro handles at .93 G’s, while the Crosstour EX-L AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The A4 2.0T Avant Quattro executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Crosstour EX-L AWD (26.3 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the A4’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Crosstour’s (37.7 feet vs. 40.2 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Audi A4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Honda Crosstour.

The A4 Avant is 11.6 inches shorter than the Crosstour, making the A4 Avant easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The A4 is 9.5 inches shorter in height than the Crosstour, making the A4 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The A4 Avant has a much larger cargo area than the Crosstour with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 25.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the A4 Sedan easier. The A4 Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the Crosstour’s liftover is 28.4 inches. The A4 Avant’s liftover is only 24.8 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the A4 Avant offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Crosstour doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the A4 automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Crosstour’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The power windows standard on both the A4 and the Crosstour have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the A4 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Crosstour prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The A4’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Crosstour’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

Audi Advanced Key optional on the A4 allows the driver to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Honda Crosstour doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The A4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Crosstour’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Crosstour doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the A4 Prestige has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Crosstour doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The A4 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Crosstour has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the A4 Prestige offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Crosstour doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The A4’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Crosstour’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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