Does It Have More Grace Than an E-Class? - 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Long-Term Road Test

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Does It Have More Grace Than an E-Class?

December 01, 2010

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I have no problem defending the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, well, apart from the fact that it's not significantly more useful than the cheaper Accord EX-L Navi sedan we used to own. I like driving this hatchback.

And last night I realized I like driving it more than the latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Hear me out. Or move on to the next blog entry.

Our all-wheel-drive Accord Crosstour and the rear-drive E-Class I drove the night before (which happened to be an E320 Bluetec) have a similar footprint and both weigh about two tons. But the big Honda feels more awake going around a corner. There's more heft to the Crosstour's steering (hydraulic power assist on both), and the ratio feels quicker -- and is quicker (15.2:1 vs 17.0:1).

When I turn a corner in the Crosstour, it feels like a smaller thing than it is. With the E-Class, I keep wondering if I've climbed into a previous-generation S-Class, as it takes its sweet, elegant time turning in.

Of course, this comparison isn't as black-and-white as maybe I'm making it sound. I've driven an E550 on plenty of back roads, and the middle-size Benz sedan holds its own there, even if it's not a bit sporty. And the reality is that I wouldn't care to drive the Crosstour on back roads, certainly not with its fade-prone stock brake hardware (which I do hope Honda will see fit to improve... soon, please).

Point is, that back in the city, where I spend most of my time, the Crosstour steers and handles in a way that I find endearing.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,291 miles

Accord Crosstour E320 Bluetec
Length 196.8 in. 191.7 in.
Wheelbase 110.1 in. 113.2 in.
Width 74.7 in. 75.9 in.
Height 65.7 in. 57.9 in.
Weight 4,070 lbs. 4,059 lbs.


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