2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Does The Hatch Matter?
August 02, 2010
Last week I was talking to Executive Editor Michael Jordan about our Crosstour. "Why would I buy one?" I rhetorically asked him. "Everything I'd want to do with the Crosstour I could do with just a regular Accord sedan."
"Yes, that's probably true," replied Michael. "But you're forgetting about the practicality of the hatchback. It makes it easier to get things in and out of the cargo area."
Well, fair enough. And his point was tested over the weekend when I went over at my local Home Depot to buy a few cubic feet of decorative rock. Sure enough, the wide-opening hatchback allowed me to shove some of the bags right up against the rear seat for a better weight balance within the Crosstour -- it would have been harder bending over to do the same with an Accord sedan. And the Crosstour's molded cargo mat meant I didn't have to worry about any dirt, leaking water or scratches, either.
Even so, the Crosstour still strikes me as one automotive niche too far. If I really needed more practicality than an Accord and/or four-wheel drive I'd just buy a CR-V or Pilot.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,221 miles