2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Rear Visibility?
March 12, 2010
I'm a huge Honda fan so I was eager to drive the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, particularly since a friend here at Edmunds wants one as a family hauler. I agree with Dan Edmunds' driving impressions, and I particularly like the steering feel and the firmness of the suspension.
But unlike Dan's trip through the desert, my drive was 31 miles along a freeway with four to six lanes in each direction. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are coming at you from every direction. The rear visibility is severly restricted by the divided rear window. But more noticeable is the way the tapered back end eliminates any chance of checking the right rear blind spot. Shooting a look over your right shoulder gives you no information. You are completely reliant on your mirrors.
Some drivers never turn and directly check the right blind spot before changing lanes. But I need the security that there isn't a small vehicle, or a low car like the Mazda Miata -- or even a motorcycle -- there before I change lanes.
Philip Reed, Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 2,966 miles