Honda Crossroad

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The Honda Crossroad refers to two specific types of SUVs made by Honda. The first one is a rebadged Land Rover Discovery sold in Japan between 1993 to 1998,[1] while the other is a vehicle developed by Honda for the Japanese market that was introduced in 2007.

Rebadged version (1993–1998)[edit]

Honda Crossroad (LJ/LJJ)
1994 Honda Crossroad (8627437970).jpg
Also calledLand Rover Discovery Series I
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
Engine3.9 L V8 (gasoline)
Power output182 Horsepower
Transmission4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,540 mm (100.0 in)
Length4,535 mm (178.5 in)
Width1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height1,950 mm (76.8 in)
Curb weight1,970 kg (4,340 lb)
SuccessorHonda CR-V

Honda marketed the Crossroad in the Japanese market.[2][dead link][3] Honda replaced the Crossroad with its CR-V.

To date, the Crossroad is the only Honda to ever have a V8 engine. Even the flagship sedan and the sports car never had it.

The Crossroad had been marketed for a short time in Japan from October, 1993[4] [5] to 1998.

Problems had emerged regarding the marketing of the Crossroad in Japan. For instance, Honda had threatened to end ties with Rover after the news that it was going to be sold to BMW.[6]

Not only were there marketing issues related to the vehicle, but mechanical ones as well. Since the Crossroad was a rebadged Land Rover Discovery, it also had Land Rover's reliability issues carried over. In 1997, a recall was issued by Honda on the advice of Ministry of Transportation due to a malfunction locking mechanism on the SUV's driver-side front door that could make the vehicle open while driving.[7] Around 4,754 vehicles made from July 1995 to December 1996 were affected by the recall.[7]

Reintroduced version (2008–2010)[edit]

Honda Crossroad (RT1/RT2/RT3/RT4)
2007 Honda Crossroad.jpg
Body and chassis
ClassCompact SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Front-engine, all-wheel-drive
RelatedHonda Stream (second generation)
Engine1.8 L I4 (gasoline)
2.0 L I4 (gasoline)
Transmission5-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,285 mm (168.7 in)
Width1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Height1,669 mm (65.7 in)
PredecessorHonda HR-V (first generation)

The Crossroad name was resurrected as a new crossover SUV for the Japanese market in February 2007. The vehicle combines the exterior design of an SUV with the convenient size of a compact car and the 3-row seating and 7-passenger capacity.[8] The Crossroad is designed for people to enjoy their active new lifestyles, targeting young couples in their 20s and 30s with small children.[8][9]

Under the hood, the Crossroad sports one of two straight-4 engines of 1.8 L and 2.0 L in displacement. Both will be mated to the only available transmission: a 5-speed automatic. Honda's Real-Time AWD system has been thoroughly revised for the Crossroad. It now works in conjunction with stability and traction control as well as ABS brakes. For the first time in a Honda, the Crossroad will be equipped with Hill-Start Assist which temporarily maintains brake pressure after the brake pedal is released when starting on a hill. Under normal driving conditions, the Crossroad behaves as a FWD vehicle.

According to AutoWeek, Honda said it won't import the Crossroad to North America, since their similarly-sized Element takes its place.[10] Honda's crossover SUV lineup in the United States and Canada already has the smaller Element, the mid-priced CR-V and the larger Pilot, as all three models are made in North America.

It was reported that Honda did not export the Crossroad to Europe because of a voluntary commitment by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association to reduce average CO2 emissions in its European fleet to 140 grams per kilometer by 2009.[11] As a result, Honda was reluctant to offer larger vehicles without technological breakthrough.[11]

On August 25, 2010, Honda posted on its Japanese website that the Crossroad was discontinued.[12]


  1. ^ "Unofficial Discovery Page". Archived from the original on 2006-05-03. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  2. ^ "FIRST LOOKS: Honda Crossroad". Motor Trader. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
  3. ^ "Honda Crossroad: Top Nine Whacked-Out Automotive Rebadges Gallery". Archived from the original on 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  4. ^ Michael Harrison (1994-02-22). "Divorce will cost both partners dear". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  5. ^ Michael Harrison (1993-11-08). "Land-Rover on track to enter new pastures: Michael Harrison on a breakthrough that reverses the European trend of laying off workers". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  6. ^ Michael Harrison (1994-02-03). "Honda to decide next week if it will sever ties with Rover". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  7. ^ a b Paul Dever (1997-02-24). "Rover Japan Recalls Land Rover Discovery and Honda Crossroad". Kyodo News. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  8. ^ a b Nicusor, Blas. "2007 Honda Crossroad (Feb 22, 2007)". Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  9. ^ Terada, Shinichi (23 February 2007). "Honda tries to reverse sales decline with Crossroad SUV". The Japan Times Online. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Crossroad Won't Cross Over". AutoWeek. Retrieved February 27, 2007.
  11. ^ a b Treece, James (5 March 2007). "CO2 rules keep Honda's Crossroad out of Europe". Automotive News Europe. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Crossroad Discontinued". Honda Japan. Retrieved August 25, 2010.