Honda Crosstour Origins
Introduced in 2010, the Crosstour doesn’t seem to be aimed at carving out a new place in the greater wagon/sport vehicle market. Honda seems to be giving another option to Accord fans. Perhaps this is an attempt at keeping Accord drivers from moving away from the model if they decide to eschew a sedan in favor of the ever increasingly popular wagons and sport vehicles.
The Accord began life as a hatchback and evolved into a respected and loved sedan. It produced spin-offs in the form of a coupe, a wagon, and hybrid-powered variants. This should indicate that variations on the platform of the Accord find its respective places. But, all in all, this seems like a vehicle for Accord fans that want more cargo space, AWD, and increased ride height without having to give up on a trusted model.About the Honda Crosstour
The Crosstour, formerly known as the Accord Crosstour, is available in two trim packages: EX and EX-L. The EX comes with automatic headlights, a sunroof, and a rearview camera, The EX-L adds bigger wheels and the option of a navigation system with voice activation and back-up camera. Both trims include nice leather seats. The front grille attracts both fans and detractors because of the ""squinting effect"" it has on the headlights. Dual tailpipes and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard with the option of 18-inch alloy wheels. All trims come with a standard moonroof and fog lights.
There are two engine options for the Crosstour: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 192 horsepower or a 3.5-liter V-6 with 271 horsepower, which is standard in the Accord sedan. Both are matched to a five-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive being standard. All-wheel drive is only available on the EX-L with a V-6. The V-6 has an interesting fuel-saving technology added that involves cylinder-deactivation.
Standard features include a waterproof storage box under the load floor, cargo mats that are reversible for carrying wet or muddy items, a compass, and outside temperature indicator. The EX trim comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, Bluetooth, and a seven-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer with an iPod/USB audio interface. The EX-L upgrades to leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver memory settings, and premium audio.
The 60/40 split backseat folds down creating over 51 cubic feet of cargo space. The Crossover does have a nice interior, but it doesn’t compete with other vehicles in its class. At its price point, the quality and materials should be better. Most of the expected features for the price are included, but other vehicles in the same class offer more. Another small complaint would be that all the buttons in the center stack look similar giving a busy appearance and make finding the right button a task.
The Crosstour comes loaded with many safety features as standard including an electronic stability system with traction control, anti-lock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor, and front-row active head restraints. Such a collection of safety items certainly inspires confidence, and this Accord variation receives high marks for safety.Honda Crosstour Features
Vehicles of this nature are supposed to offer towing capacity, but the Crossover doesn’t match the competition in this respect. Rear viewing is limited, which probably explains the rear camera option.
Driving a version with the inline-four engine reminds the driver that this is a two ton vehicle. The performance from the inline-four is as lackluster as to be expected. The V-6 is rather competitive with its class and offers a respectable zero to 60 mph performance, especially for something this heavy. The turning radius is a bit wide.
Despite weighing 300 pounds more than an Accord and having a taller ride height, the Crosstour is as quiet, mannered, and well-handling as the model from which it is derived. The overall ride is pleasant, which is expected by buyers of this car class.
Aside from the name change, some of the aforementioned exterior and interior features were previously options and are now standard on the base model.