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The 2010 Honda Crosstour is an unusual beast—so unusual that the first time you see one you'll likely stand back, size it up, and scratch your head a bit.Then you're probably going to say something along the lines of, "I love it!" or "I don't see the point." Yes, it's that polarizing.
Once you're over the visual warm-up phase--and we like it after a long warming-to period--you'll find that the 2010 Crosstour drives somewhat like the Accord sedan but with a heavier, more deliberate feel that's a step in the opposite direction of the nimble feel we've praised the Accord sedan for in the past. The 271-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 moves the Crosstour plenty quick, but you're going to feel that weight in stop-and-go traffic. The transmission hesitates to downshift when coming out of a corner, yet it holds lower gears for longer than needed during light acceleration. It steers well and has reasonably good body control on a curvy road, but there's quite a bit more fore-aft motion during hard braking or strong acceleration than we remember from the Accord.
But that's not to say it's not a useful alternative to the trunked Accord: to find out more of our driving impressions and our overall take on the Accord lineup, read our Bottom Line on the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour and get a full review of the 2010 Honda Accord lineup.