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2011 Honda Accord Crosstour Review
Unusual design at a high price.
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The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour is an uneasy marriage of the Honda Accord sedan and a wagon, and therefore difficult to categorize. The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour's focus is passenger and driver comfort. It is very unique in its styling, and it is sure to catch the eye of those who relish the unique. Some may balk at the styling, but this is not a cross between a sedan and a sport utility vehicle—a look that most Americans are accustomed to seeing. The price for the entry-level model is slightly higher than the competitors’, a fact that may sway some people away.
Engines: 3.5-liter, V-6 engine
Transmissions: Five-speed automatic
Models: Accord Crosstour EX, Accord Crosstour EX-L
Honda makes some minor revisions to the Crosstour for 2011. The climate controls are moved closer to the driver’s side for easier operation. The company also improves the fuel economy by one mpg.
The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour is available in the EX and EX-L trims. Standard exterior equipment on the EX includes automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, keyless entry, and a sunroof. The EX-L model has 18-inch alloy wheels and an automatic dimming rearview mirror. The only option available for the EX-L model is a voice activated navigation system combined with a rearview camera.
The body is aerodynamic, and it sports a large grille and prominent fender arches. It is based on the Honda Accord, but measures 7.6 taller and has a hatchback. The hatchback allows for greater cargo capacity than the Accord sedan, and it is easier to load than a sedan trunk.
The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour interior has adequate room for adult passengers in the rear seats, which are comfortable and provide good support. The climate control buttons are located closer to the driver’s side for easier operation, but the number of buttons still leaves some people bewildered, especially when the navigation system control buttons are added. Using the optional voice activation will help alleviate potential frustration in this regard.
The cargo area is a mixed blessing. It is a paltry 25.7 cubic feet with the seats up and 51.1 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. The saving grace for the cargo area is a 1.9 cubic foot removable utility box hidden underneath the carpeted cargo floor. The utility box has a reversible lid with a plastic coating on one side for carrying wet or soiled items.
The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour seats are comfortable, and there is good headroom and legroom in both the front and rear seats. The large doors make entry and exit easier, especially if passengers or drivers have a physical disability.
Performance & Handling
All 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour models are equipped with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 271 horsepower at 254 lb-ft of torque. The only available transmission is a five-speed automatic. The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour can accelerate from zero to 60 in 7.5 seconds and can stop from 60 mph in 131 feet. The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour displays accurate steering and solid handling; however, it has a high center of gravity, which makes it unsuitable for many outdoor vehicular excursions.
The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour offers a pleasant ride and the transmission is smooth. The engine is quiet during operation; however, road noise is very noticeable.
All 2011 Honda Accord Crosstours have anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, stability control, and active front seat head restraints as standard safety equipment. They also have front seat side and side curtain airbags. The optional rearview camera that is paired with a voice-activated navigation system for the EX-L model makes it safe when exiting parking lots and parking spaces. It also helps drivers with parallel parking.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave this vehicle a best-possible rating of ""good"" for frontal and side impact collision protection. However, it only received a mediocre ""marginal"" rating for the roof-strength test.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Car-like drivability
- Quiet cabin on long drives
- Optional all-wheel drive on the EX-L model
- Easy-to-read gauges
You Won't Like
- Small cargo area
- Cluttered center stack
- Five-speed automatic is the only transmission available
- Entry-level model is expensive
- Road noise is pronounced
Unusual design at a high price.
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