March 01, 2011
Our Crosstour is in a scintillating shade I like to call Appliance White. And every Crosstour that I've run into on the streets of Los Angeles has been silver or gray, like the model shown above -- a safe sea of neutrals, with not a red, green or blue in sight. Turns out the Crosstour only comes in seven colors and four of them are neutrals -- black, silver, gray and white.
A company named DuPont Automotive takes a look each year at the most popular car colors in North America. White was the most popular shade in 2010, followed by -- you guessed it -- black, silver and gray. Perhaps Honda and other manufacturers are paying attention to consumer preferences and adjusting their color palettes accordingly. In any case, it's a shame there's not more color on the streets.
Does the model that you drive come in a wide or narrow range of shades?
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ ~19,600 miles
February 18, 2011
I rolled in our soon to be departed long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour the other night and was reminded of something. When I worked at Big Motor Car Corp, we worked a lot on JD Power Initial Quality Survey (IQS). A lot.
Of course you know IQS surveys tens of thousands of new-vehicle owners to provide feedback on quality during the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. For complaints where our customers had difficulty with operation of any type, we used the term DTU, for difficult to use.
Well I doubt that Honda R&D Americas has had to deal with too many DTU complaints with the Accord Crosstour. That's because everything is easy to use -- the navi, the radio, the HVAC, the center stack switches (even if there are a billion of them), the cruse control, setting the trip odo. Everything.
Everything, except the horrible interactive voice response Bluetooth phone pairing (I hate this in all vehicles so equipped.)
Next time, Honda should put it in the navi screen with a visual-manual interface -- like Nissan.
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~19,600 miles
February 17, 2011
Honda has made a strange ergonomic choice on the Accord Crosstour. One I don't agree with, but one that is, I admit, not much to worry about.
To check your fuel range on most cars, included the Acura MDX and the Honda Odyssey I've driven this week, the number can be found somewhere on the instrument panel directly ahead of the driver. And it can left there indefinitely instead of the odometer reading or some other info the driver may not need very often.
But this ins't the case in the Honda Crosstour. In the Crosstour "Range" is buried over on the nav screen behind two promps. First you push the "info" button and then you have to select Trip Computer. Not a big deal, but now I don't have my audio info or my nav screen.
Again, this isn't a deal breaker for me, but Honda got it right on the MDX and the Odyssey. Hmmmmmm...
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief
February 15, 2011
We were expecting some friends to drop by anytime, so my daughter decided to stalk them from our front yard.
"What kind of car do they have?" she asked.
"A Honda," I replied. "Accord Crosstour, white, like the one I sometimes drive."
"I can't think of a Crosstour," she began when the spunky little neighbor girl piped in.
"I know the Crosstour!" she yelled. "It looks like a rabbit!"
I raised my eyebrows, giving her an admonishing sidelong glance.
"I'm not being mean," she replied earnestly. "Everyone thinks bunnies are cute."
Hard to argue with the logic of a seven-year-old car enthusiast.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor
February 14, 2011
In about a year the lease is up on my wife's Mazda CX-9. And well, it turns out she didn't need all that cargo space and the third row seating she had to have last time around. What to get next?
After a year and nearly 20,000 miles with our 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, I'm thinking there might be a Crosstour in my family's future. After all, our long-termer has been dead reliable, it packs more room then my family really needs, it's quick, comfortable and it drives more like a sedan than any crossover I can think of.
In fact, I just spent a full week driving our white Crosstour and I have no complaints. Not one. It served me and my family perfectly, which is of course the point.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 19,306 miles
February 09, 2011
Ever been curious as to what kind of buyer purchases a whitish (or, more accurately, Alabaster Silver Metallic, I'm guessing) Honda Accord Crosstour? I know I was, so when I saw one cruising down a trendy stretch of 3rd Street while driving our own white Crosstour, I tailed the car like my name was Jake Gittes or Easy Rollins, just so I could check out the person behind the wheel.
Since I see the Crosstour as a family vehicle for parents (of small families) unwilling to trek into station-wagon or minivan territory, I was expecting our car's doppelganger to be piloted by a harried housewife with crayon stains on her blouse and a wailing toddler in the back seat. Or maybe a spent hockey dad, gazing wearily at the long road ahead.
But this Crosstour driver defied all my preconceived notions.
February 09, 2011
Plenty has been said about the Honda Crosstour's exterior design. We admit that it's polarizing, to say the least.
But if Honda was going for a standout car, they certainly didn't miss with the Crosstour. Sure, it's probably the newest car in this parking lot, but it's not just its newness that makes it stand out from the crowd.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor
February 07, 2011
On Friday night I was in the Crosstour on my way to meet friends at the Arclight for a showing of "True Grit." Stopped at a red light and felt like I was being watched. Turns out it was the Crosstour that was being watched - the woman in the lane next to me (seemed to be in her mid-30s, driving a BMW Z3 convertible) was giving the car the once-over and she seemed to like what she was seeing.
She saw me watching her watching the Crosstour and smiled, then gave the car a thumbs-up. Now it's obviously not the first time an onlooker has responded favorably to a car I was driving - I've gotten admiring smiles and even a couple of appreciative nods. But this is the first time I've been on the receiving end of such an explicit gesture of approval. A thumbs-up! My very first one. What a special moment. I'm sure the Crosstour felt validated.
And the Crosstour lovefest didn't end there. Later that night I was headed to the car on my way from a restaurant when I noticed a group of teenagers clustered around it - I'm guessing they were no older than 17 or so. They were gazing at the Crosstour with the sort of reverence and admiration usually reserved for, well, cars that aren't Honda Accord Crosstours. Didn't get a chance to quiz them since they were gone by the time I made it to the car.
So there you have it - the Crosstour turned heads twice in one day. The Crosstour! Twice! Who knew she was such an attention grabber?
What's the most attention-grabbing car you've ever driven?
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 19,055 miles
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
January 31, 2011
It rained yesterday in L.A. That means, besides drivers losing their minds, the roads develop more potholes and ruts. I use a stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Glen to see how cars hope with the worst road conditions. The right-hand lane is pockmarked like the moon and, ironically, is in one of the most expensive sections of the city.
How did the Crosstour fare?
The Crosstour handled it well. No, I take that back -- it was excellent. Really. Let's hear it for compliance, sensibly-sized wheel and tire combinations and suspension travel.
Normally, other cars' steering wheels dance about like a paint shaker at the Home Depot on this road -- the car squirming to and fro. Not the Crosstour -- it glided over the chunked-up asphalt. I had a very light grip on the wheel and it tracked true and straight. Inside, the fury under the contact patches was abated to a dull thud. Color me impressed.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 18,804 miles