Driven: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Page 2

April 12, 2010
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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