2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: No, I Don't Like Blue
December 07, 2010
Honda revised the standard Accord gauge pack for the Crosstour, ostensibly to give the pricier hatchback-crossover a more upscale and distinctive feel. Instead of red needles, you get blue ones, and each needle base has a blue ring around it -- an extraneous bit of styling you'd never find in any Accord sedan.
I've tried to like the blue-lit gauges in the Crosstour, but I just don't. After 300 miles of nighttime driving, the blue needles and rings are still distracting, and I notice them every time I look at the gauges, which is often. I never had this issue in our long-term Accord sedan -- I simply read the instruments and didn't think about their design. (Ignore the distracting warning lights in the photo above; I didn't want to run the engine while shooting my photo, lest the vibration induce blurriness.)
However, Karl has written that he likes the blue Crosstour gauges, and perhaps many of you would agree. I don't really care what scientific studies say, or what fighter pilots prefer -- what I want to know is for your personal car, what is your gut preference for gauge illumination? Red? Blue? Green? White? Orange? Some combination of the above?
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,729 miles