Honda Accord Crosstour Origins
The Honda Accord Crosstour sells as a hatchback version of the eighth (and current) version of the Honda Accord produced for the North American market. The Honda Accord Crosstour and the Honda Accord sedan both use the same platform and share many mechanical components, but the bodies are completely different. The Honda Accord Crosstour is longer, wider, and taller than the Honda Accord sedan. The interior of the Honda Accord Crosstour and the Honda Accord sedan bear a great resemblance to each other.About the Honda Accord Crosstour
Honda produced a station wagon version of the Honda Accord before, but discontinued it in the mid-1990s. The Honda Accord Crosstour fits into its place within the Honda line of cars, as it doesn't quite make it into the crossover category of vehicles. The price of the Honda Accord Crosstour and its features push it a bit beyond the entry-level market. Instead of appealing to younger drivers looking for their first crossover SUV, it appeals to an active older generation, or customers in their late 40s and 50s. The cargo space makes it a more versatile option than the sedan.
The use of Honda Accord Crosstour as the name for the vehicle lasted for only the 2011 model year, Honda renamed the car to the Honda Crosstour, dropping Accord from its name. Currently, the Honda Crosstour sells in only a few countries, including the U.S., Canada, Russia, China, Mexico, and countries in the Middle East.Honda Accord Crosstour Features
The Crosstour contains a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and offers front-wheel and all-wheel drive. This same engine can be found in the Accord sedan, and both come with a five-speed automatic transmission. This affects acceleration in the Honda Crosstour, as the car is heavier than the Honda Accord, and it can carry more with its extended hatchback body style. In addition, the fuel economy of the Crosstour can be lower than that of the Honda Accord sedan.
The engine in the Honda Crosstour comes equipped with a variable cylinder management system. This means that the engine can operate using three, four, or six cylinders depending on how the car is driven. The variable cylinder management system improves the overall gas mileage of the Honda Crosstour.
The current model of the Honda Crosstour comes in two trim levels, the EX and the EX-L. The EX model comes with front-wheel drive only, but both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions of the EX-L model are available. Although the EX represents the base model of the Honda Crosstour, it offers many features standard. As such, the Honda Crosstour comes in with a slightly higher price tag than that seen on the Honda Accord sedan.
The Honda Crosstour EX comes equipped with features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power side mirrors, Bluetooth, a USB audio interface, power seating, and a power moonroof, among many others. With the EX-L trim level, the Honda Crosstour has an all leather interior, heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, and XM satellite radio. The all-wheel drive EX-L trim level has real time four-wheel drive. The Honda satellite navigation system can be added to either of the EX-L trim level cars and includes voice recognition commands and a rearview camera with guidelines. All models come with a range of safety features including a vehicle stability assist system, anti-lock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, active head restraints for the front seats, and dual stage, multiple threshold, and side impact airbags.
The Honda Crosstour offers more cargo space than the Honda Accord. The back seat can fold down completely or split 60/40. In addition to the cargo space in the back, there is also a space under the floor that can be accessed easily by lifting the floor with the provided handles. The additional height of the Honda Crosstour, as well as its profile, allows for the use of this additional space.