2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Does It Have More Grace Than an E-Class?
December 01, 2010
I have no problem defending the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, well, apart from the fact that it's not significantly more useful than the cheaper Accord EX-L Navi sedan we used to own. I like driving this hatchback.
And last night I realized I like driving it more than the latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Hear me out. Or move on to the next blog entry.
Our all-wheel-drive Accord Crosstour and the rear-drive E-Class I drove the night before (which happened to be an E320 Bluetec) have a similar footprint and both weigh about two tons. But the big Honda feels more awake going around a corner. There's more heft to the Crosstour's steering (hydraulic power assist on both), and the ratio feels quicker -- and is quicker (15.2:1 vs 17.0:1).
When I turn a corner in the Crosstour, it feels like a smaller thing than it is. With the E-Class, I keep wondering if I've climbed into a previous-generation S-Class, as it takes its sweet, elegant time turning in.
Of course, this comparison isn't as black-and-white as maybe I'm making it sound. I've driven an E550 on plenty of back roads, and the middle-size Benz sedan holds its own there, even if it's not a bit sporty. And the reality is that I wouldn't care to drive the Crosstour on back roads, certainly not with its fade-prone stock brake hardware (which I do hope Honda will see fit to improve... soon, please).
Point is, that back in the city, where I spend most of my time, the Crosstour steers and handles in a way that I find endearing.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,291 miles
|Accord Crosstour||E320 Bluetec|
|Length||196.8 in.||191.7 in.|
|Wheelbase||110.1 in.||113.2 in.|
|Width||74.7 in.||75.9 in.|
|Height||65.7 in.||57.9 in.|
|Weight||4,070 lbs.||4,059 lbs.|