2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: First Interstate Trip
March 03, 2010
I've just wheeled our minty-fresh 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour into the parking lot of a hilltop hotel in Prescott (pronounced "press kit"), a medium-sized town that sits at an elevation of 5,300 feet or so in central Arizona. Call it a mile.
The route from my California home included high-speed freeway, two-lane back roads and, near the end, a tightly-winding climb from the desert floor to my current Precott perch. Through it all I spent a solid 7 hours in the seat.
And you know what? I'd do it again. The fact that I'm obliged to do so tomorrow if I want to get back home is beside the point; this is a really nice car for long road trips.
Why? The steering is spot-on: effort and precision are good and there is nary a hint of wander or crosswind sensivity on the long, boring straight parts. Its ride is smooth and balanced in a way that our departed (and soggy) 2008 Accord sedan wasn't. And our Crosstour's leather front seats and driving position fit my frame just about perfectly. Some may be pained by looking at the thing, but the same cannot be said for the seats or the driving.
Furthermore, the 3.5-liter V6 engine makes a substantial amount of ready power and the 5-speed automatic's shift points are quite well timed, whether driving flat or climbing up the sinuous highway 89 to Prescott.
The 343.7-mile journey from home to here required 14.2 gallons of 87 octane. That works out to 24.2 mpg, just shy of the 4x4 Crosstour's 25 mpg EPA Highway rating. I usually focus on EPA combined (20 mpg here) but this WAS a pure highway tank.
Since much of my day was sub-optimal in that I spent a lot of time at either 75 mph or climbing about a mile up into the sky, I don't consider this mpg near-miss a failure. Besides, I should be able to make it up, and then some, on the downhill return trip. The round-trip average will be much more telling.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 1,041 miles