Apples and Kiwis? - 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Long-Term Road Test

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Long-Term Road Test

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Apples and Kiwis?

January 12, 2011

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Driving the Crosstour got me to thinking: when was the last real Accord wagon? Turns out that was the 1997 model year. And thus began the comparison of dissimilar fruits. That '97 with its extended, squared-off (i.e. wagon) roofline offered the same seats-up cargo space (26 cubic feet) and likely quite a bit more maximum capacity than the Crosstour's 51 cubes.

Furthermore, the Crosstour still only seats 5, is nine inches longer and weighs 700 pounds more (front-wheel-drive version) In fairness, the Crosstour provides an inch more rear headroom and three inches more rear legroom.has a 271-hp V6 to the '97s 145-hp I4, has more safety and luxury features and gets nearly the same average (combined) fuel fuel mileage estimate -- 21 mpg versus 22 mpg.

In some ways (performance with fuel efficiency) Honda has made considerable strides in its Accord "wagon", while in others (space efficiency for its size) it has taken a few steps back. Although I agree with other staffers that the Crosstour is comfortable and pleasant to drive, the logical side of me (and yes, the aesthetic side as well) prevents me from giving it full endorsement.

What do you think? Should Honda ditch the crossover/hatchback idea and bring out a more conventional (and space efficient) wagon? Something like the new TSX Sport Wagon perhaps?

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 17,833 miles

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