2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: It's an All-Wheel-Drive Accord
December 06, 2010
Like Caroline, I made a weekend trip to Buttonwillow Raceway for 24 Hours of Lemons (and big congrats are in order for Team Eyesore), and my companion was our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour.
If you drive a Crosstour for 300 miles or more, you simply have to admit it's a good road trip car. The ride is quiet -- yes, legitimately quiet. Road noise is significantly reduced over our 2008 Accord EX-L V6 Navi sedan, and carrying on phone conversations over the Bluetooth connection is easy -- there isn't much ambient noise for the microphone to pick up.
Ride comfort is also good, and the Crosstour offers more compliance than many other crossovers out there simply because Honda didn't feel the need to make a styling statement with the wheel/tire package.
Of course, there are lots of cars out there with quiet, comfy rides. On the way home from Buttonwillow, though, the weather turned nasty (rainbow notwithstanding), and I thought of one big reason I might want to buy an Accord Crosstour over something else.
And that reason is that the Crosstour is simply an all-wheel-drive Accord (er, four-wheel-drive since this is still a front-driver until the wheels slip). And as I was driving up the Tejon Pass amidst heavy rain, significant crosswinds and an outside temperature reading of 39 degrees (and therefore, a possibility of freezing rain), I was pretty happy to be in a car with all-wheel-drive, as the Crosstour remained sure-footed the whole way.
No, I didn't really *need* four-wheel drive here, but Accords are a part of my past. I'll never forget a night in December many years ago when my exhausted mother handed me the keys to her Accord EX, and said, "Here, you drive." It was a freak snowstorm in central Arkansas (with temperatures dropping steadily), and they don't really have a snow clearing plan there. It was a bit scary and it sure would have been nice to have 4WD back then.
So for that subsection of the population that sees Accord ownership as an end in itself, the availability of an AWD Accord with slightly raised ground clearance can't be a bad thing. However, the size of the Crosstour (196.8 inches long, +3.5 inches over the sedan) is beyond what many people consider the limits of Accordness. I think for the next generation of the Accord, there's simply going to have to be some moderation in size.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,707 miles