2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Didn't Chevy Already Try This?
October 15, 2010
I mean, sure, the 2010 Accord is better than the 2004 Malibu, but so is the 2010 Chevy Malibu. This isn't about what's a good car or not because if you ask me, the Chevy Malibu Maxx ('04-'07) was pretty darned good. It rode well, had that functional hatch and was a good alternative between sedan and wagon. It was as much better than the sedan as this Crosstour is better than the Accord sedan. Which is to say, slightly, but enough for me.
And unfortunately, it didn't do well enough to continue to the current generation of Malibu. Maybe it was the lack of the Crosstour's ride height or all-wheel-drive, but I'm pretty sure it's simply because most Americans just don't like wagons. It's a concept that seems to confuse auto enthusiasts more than string theory, but it seems to be the truth.
So then, the question: Will we see a Crosstour for the next generation of Accord? Will they dare bring the traditional wagon? Or is the Accord relegated to coupe and sedan next time around?
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com