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Driven: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Page 2

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If you can't already tell (full disclosure here), this reviewer had a hard time getting into the mindset of a proper Crosstour owner. As a 30-something without kids, I have to confess I fell a bit into the "don't see the point" response above. If you need to haul a lot of 'stuff' on the weekends, why not get a more upright utility vehicle like an Element or a Pilot? And for those who want more utility and sport with less compromise, it might make sense to wait around a little longer for the 2011 Acura TSX wagon.

Looking for the CliffsNotes? The key, styling aside, to understanding the Crosstour is the H-point. Nothing to do with a G-spot, it's used to determine the height at which your hip joint rests in the driver's seat. And in the case of the Accord Crosstour, it's a bit higher, which makes it easier for older, arthritic folks to get in or out. With excellent soft and supportive leather seats in our top-of-the-line Crosstour EX-L front-wheel drive model, it translates to excellent comfort and a nice driving position.

Curiously, the size of the driver seems to have a lot to do with whether or not the Crosstour works. Shorter drivers are likely to look rearward, over the top of the back seats, and see vast swaths of headliner; but if you're on the tall side, as this driver, you probably won't find it as much of an issue, especially as Honda has added the small, lower back window (a la Insight and CRX) that's of help in parking.

Utility, while not great because of the roofline, is reasonably good. For those who frequently want to fold the back seats forward, the mechanism is easy to reach and doesn't involve running around and opening back doors; and there's an underfloor storage compartment/tub, done in easy-clean plastic, that could fit everything from muddy boots to a diaper bag.

Ahead of the front seats, you essentially get the same interior as in Accord sedans. The instrument panel is a bit on the cluttered side, and audio and climate controls can be difficult to figure out in the dark, but we like the materials and tactility of the knobs and buttons. Center console compartments feel strong and sturdy, and there are several small cubbies in front for the driver.

Dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a 360-watt sound system, and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio controls are included in all Crosstours, while the EX-L, as tested at $35,480, included leather upholstery, front heated seats, a HomeLink garage-door opener, and heated mirrors, among many additional features, plus the navigation system with rearview camera system.

If the idea of a sedan-like ride and a slightly higher driving position—plus, possibly, a little more cargo utility—sounds like a compelling formula, take another look inside. Then again, size it up from the outside. You just might like what you see.

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Comments (10)
  1. No sorry, not feeling it. To take an Accord and make it that heavy, with much worse gas mileage and much less visibility... all for slightly more room for stuff in the back (as long as it's not tall or wide) just doesn't add up. Add to that Honda's really questionable recent styling direction and you have the makings of a problem, not a success. The front and rear genuinely look as if they were designed by two separate committees. For some reason the look reminds me of a '79 AMC Eagle hatchback... though it could be argued that the Eagle design was better executed.

  2. This proves you can make a good car better!

  3. I could see this whole package going over a lot better if they'd made it more Outback-like...

  4. Agree with Edward. They seem to have gone so far to make this Not A Station Wagon that they lost a lot of the utility of a tall upright car-thing. Heavier, worse mileage, no four, and a narrow rear load compartment? Sorry, Honda: #FAIL.

  5. This thing is gonna make history: joining the Pontiac Aztek as another design by committee that ended up looking absolutely awful. If you like it, wait awhile until they languish on the lot for a better deal.

  6. what is the appeal of this site, not great MPG and UGLY!!! no thanks

  7. I just leased one after returning a Nissan Pathfinder, I love this vehicle. It took going back to the dealership twice just to make sure it was all that I liked and wanted. It's true that it's a little unusual and the critism about it staying in low gears too long is valid as is the narrow trunk space towards the rear which is going to piss me off at some point. Other than that I love everything about this vehicle including the styling, I don't see very many on the road but I expect that to change as soon as people get used to the lines etc. I have 3 small kids, they love it too. It's not a sports utility vehicle in my mind so forget this car if that's what you're looking for.

  8. Just another way to charge more for an Accord and a bad job of it, too. Drove one and too many issues to list here.
    Honda has lost it way and not the same Car Co. of Yesteryear.
    Will skip this one and others till they get back to making more reliable and better design and some appointments to their vehicles.

  9. I leased a Honda Crosstour in November after having four Pilots. I wanted to switch to a car, but I wanted a little more height than the Accord has to offer. Having driven several Accords prior to those aforementioned Pilots, I knew I wanted to ride a little higher than that. The Crosstour is exactly what I was looking for! I am a stay-at-home mom with one daughter who always has friends with her. We live in the city, and I find this perfect for maneuverability in traffic and much easier to maneuver around crowded city parking lots/garages. Sure, it's not an SUV, but I can get everything in it. And it's not a mini-van or station wagon, thank God! No complaints here...just love for the Crosstour!

  10. Would like to add that mine is the 2012 model V-6 WITH 4WD.

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