2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Sears Pointless
March 12, 2010
It's spring, so it's time to be away to the races, even one as stupid (and wonderfully successful) as Jay Lamm's 24 Hours of LeMons. This one took place at Sears Point.
About 420 miles door-to-door, 860 for the weekend and 24.4 mpg. Orchards along Interstate 5 were blooming, white for the usual almond trees and then pink for a few groves of cherries planted next to vineyards. A great time to drive in California, except for the major insect homicides.
Turns out that the Honda Crosstour drives a lot better than expected.
It settles into its suspension on the road, so you feel like the ride motions are being controlled by the dampers, not the springs. There's a lot less of that thing that makes every other Honda or Acura feel like there's 80 psi in the tires. It gives this cut-down MDX a poise that you won't find either in a Honda Accord or an Acura TL. It's like a different ride engineer at Honda R&D did the job. Hope he gets more work.
The car part of the Crosstour works pretty well, too. The low Honda-style beltline accentuates visibility, which keeps you relaxed on a long drive. Seats are great. There are plenty of interface solutions for infotainment systems, but the button-style approach of Honda works best for me (am probably alone in this preference). Large back seat. And cargo hold is easy to access, with the right liftover height and a hatch that doesn't require an NBA-type reach to pull it down and close it.
This could quickly become a preferred cross-country device around here. Only trouble is, the Crosstour's various personalities haven't been stitched together with much style. Maybe it would be more effective if it had a giant plasic replica of a hamburger and fries attached to the roof, like one of the comedy $500 cars at the 24 Hours of LeMons (jeez, it's like Halloween night in Berkeley out there).
Our guys won in their turbocharged FrankenMiata. It was Alice in Wonderland costumes for everybody this time.
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 2080 miles