Many Buttons, But We Want More - 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Long-Term Road Test

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Long-Term Road Test

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Many Buttons, But We Want More

February 03, 2011

My neighbor took a walk-around of the Crosstour this morning. He works for a large Japanese automaker and likes to inspect whatever long- or short-term car ends up in the driveway. As he walked around the back to check out the rear cargo volume, reserving judgment on the car's design, I looked for the tailgate release around the driver's seat. Except, it wasn't there.

Looked around the dash. Nope. Scanned the center stack, steering column. Inside the center console; nope, just a USB cable and AUX input in there. I did find the traction control button next to an empty cubbie where you might stash a garage door opener or pack of smokes.

Really? A big old button and a spot for your American Spirits, but no hatch release?

So I Read The Fine Manual, but it only offered helpful instructions on how to get out and lift it yourself, pal. A minor quibble, I admit. But come on. There's no available power option, either. I await a fiery response from the IL reader who knows the secret location of the hatch release. If it does exist, my meager cognitive skills were strained to failure trying to find it.

I hadn't driven the Crosstour recently, but I recognized the ease of its steering effort instantly. And going through some of the old posts, it's one of the features the editors almost unanimously praise. It points nicely into crowded left-hand turn lanes, eases into U-turns and threads crowded parking lots. At speed, it offers good resistance.

It's still got the brake shakes - not an encouraging sign at still under 20,000 miles. Whatever the Crosstour's future in Honda's portfolio, I'm guessing it will remain popular on the used market. Its polarizing design will matter less as the cost to entry drops. If I was shopping a used car for a college-bound kid, I'd seriously consider it. Likewise if I just wanted a car for active weekend pursuits. Sure the sloping roof cuts down cargo room, as do the rear shock towers, barging their way into the rear hold. So what? It's still a good Accord, but now it's an Accord you can pile a bunch of stuff into.

And hey, what's this? Our twin!

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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