2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Cool Blue Gauges
October 15, 2010
Yeah-yeah, it's easy to get caught up in the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour's exterior styling. But I'd rather focus on something that's truly critical -- gauge color.
I don't think I'd driven the Crosstour at night before yesterday, but with the days getting shorter my commute is stretching into darkness. No biggie in the Crosstour, as it's got bright gauges in a soothing, white-and-blue color scheme.
I'm kind of a stickler for gauges. Like steering feel, it's one of the primary interaction points between driver and vehicle. To pass mustard gauges need to be easy to read quickly, provide all vital information (no idiot-light-only temp warnings) and stay crystal clear when the sun goes down -- without causing eye fatigue over many hours.
The Crosstour scores well on all points. I still wish the fuel gauge had more than just an "F" and an "E" and a halfway hashmark. Quarter marks are a bare minimum in my mind, with one-eighth marks preferred.
But otherwise I could stare at these gauges during an all-night run from L.A. to Denver, which is the true torture test.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large @ 14,110 miles