Well if “The Family Truckster” destroyed the image of the station wagon in the United States then the Honda Accord Crosstour is here to restore our faith in the fun to drive family wagon. Call it a crossover if you want but if it is low and drives like a sedan but has an open hatch cargo area then it’s a wagon. End of story.
The Accord Crosstour pricing starts out at $29,670 for a two-wheel drive EX model that comes pretty much fully loaded with a standard 271 horsepower 3.5 liter V6, dual-zone climate control, moonroof, power seats, a 360-watt 6 disc audio system and much more. The uplevel EX-L ($32,570) adds leather seats, Home link, USB-connectivity (which should be standard on any car nowadays), Bluetooth, along with the option of Honda’s peerless satellite-linked navigation. Adding all-wheel drive to the EX-L bumps the cost up to $34,020.
While some internet rabble-rousers made a fuss about the appearance of the large grille of the Crosstour when it was first released, in the metal this is a visually striking automotive design. The rear hatch is almost Saab like in detailing, the front end works and the whole package looks especially cool with the “snowflake” design alloys that are standard on the EX-L.
As the Crosstour is based on the Accord platform and uses the same V6 you can rest assured that this station wagon will be a blast to drive. You can’t expect great handling from a top heavy crossover, now can you? The V6 in the Crosstour is also much more efficient than most crossover engines as it is rated at 21 city/29 highway by the EPA.
The interior of the Crosstour is pure Accord with that model’s dashboard serving duty here too. Build quality is hugely impressive and as is always true of Accord everything feels engineered to last. Cargo space is also ample with 25.3 cubic feet with the rear seats up and a moving van like 51.3 cubic feet with the seats down.
The only thing missing here is a rear seat DVD entertainment system and the Honda Accord Crosstour would be the perfect family hauler. But you can still always buy an aftermarket unit that hooks to the front head-rests. Or maybe you could try talking to your children on cross-country road trips like the one in “Vacation.” Eh, maybe not.
Check out the review and even more photos of the car at TheCarConnection.com, which did an exhaustive review of the Crosstour and gave it an excellent 8.2 out of 10 score.