2014 Honda Crosstour EX 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
The Honda Crosstour is quite different from the Accord and still based on the previous Accord model. That means the dash, seats, etc are from the older model. Not a big issue but one thing is just plain ridiculous for a car of this statue and price and that is the fact that there is no outside temp on the EX. Really? Even my daughter's PT cruiser has that. Perhaps not a big deal for some, but if I had known when test driving the car... I would probably not have purchased it.
Most frustrating thing about this car is the power or better lack of power. It accelerates like a turtle. It only starts increasing speed at higher revs. It is at times actually dangerous when changing lanes for example when quick acceleration is demanded. It simply does not happen. It does not change gears fast enough depending on speed of the car... for example, when driving 20-30 miles an hour and you want to quickly accelerate to overtake someone or change lanes, the car just responds very slowly which can be dangerous.
Of course the car drives easily at higher speeds, no problem there, except getting there takes longer than you would expect.
The car does provide a comfortable interior with ample space and it is nice that you have a 5th door... i.e. a hatchback. It is easy to drop the rear seats and the extra space is nice if you have dogs for example.
The seats are firm and perhaps not to everyone's liking. My wife simply hates the seats and wants to go back to a Nissan which seats are much more comfortable for her. I am OK. I actually drove the car cross country up to 800 miles a day without any problem or fatigue. So this may be a personal preference. Do try the car out on a longer test drive.
I had a 2010 Crosstour and now have a 2014 - the first time I have ever bought the same model twice. The comfort, quietness and practicality are compelling. Try as I might, I couldn't find another vehicle that fit my needs as well.
The interior is upcale enough for clients and the backseat comfort and leg room are outstanding. Chicago winters demand all-wheel drive. I use the speaker phone a lot and the Active Sound Control provides a very quiet cabin. Unlike many SUVs, my bicycle can be stored in the back without the seat down, plus it's out of sight. Gear fits cleanly into the floor storage compartment. Good acceleration and over 30 mpg highway.
The looks can be polarizing, but the Crosstour is the only car I have owned that caused random people to come up to me in a parking lot or gas station and tell me how good looking it is.
The only negative - the turning radius is too big.
The Accord suffix was dropped after a slight re-design in 2013, but the genetic relation to Honda's best selling sedan remains strong. Fit, finish, and quality, are excellent! The Crosstour is more like a "Super Accord" that has a beefier structure and higher road clearance. The suspension was raised to mimic a small SUV, but don't get it confused with an off-road vehicle. I'm sure the raised height will aid in deep snow and muddy country roads, but don't try to drive over a hefty log blocking your path. The rear hatch compartment with fold down seats will allow you to transport larger items but less room for extra passengers. Rear cargo room with the seats up is good, but not remarkable.
When equipped with the silky V6 and AWD, this car is the ultimate super sedan. You get all the benefits of a Honda Accord plus the ruggedness and capabilities of a small SUV. Descent handling and good acceleration make this car very enjoyable to drive. The chassis structure is very stiff and body roll is minimal. The 18" rims allow tires with taller sidewalls to soften the bumps. The supportive seats keep you snug in your place on tight turns. The rear camera is standard and it has 3 separate views to aid in precision backup maneuvers. An additional side camera give you a complete view of your blind spot on the right side and makes changing lanes a breeze.
The Crosstour's styling is "different" and I'm being polite! Some people hate it and a few people love it, but most people aren't really sure what to say. Maybe they're just afraid to tell me the truth. I really have no idea why the Honda stylist couldn't come up with a shape that was more appealing. The larger body structure design adds a whopping 500 lbs and that hurts the fuel economy when compared to the regular sedan. The sloping rear hatch design limits rear and side visibility, that's why they give you free cameras. The radio lacks a tuning knob and the telematics (screen controls) take a very long time to master. Despite all the negatives, I love this vehicle and very happy with it.