2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: What's the Point?
May 11, 2010
While many of my colleagues have extolled the virtues of our Honda Accord Crosstour, I won't be doing the same. I actually like driving the thing -- good steering, comfortable ride, agreeable control layout. But then, I like driving an Accord too.
My beef lies with everything behind the driver seat. With that funky hatchback design, you only get a measly 51 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Compare that to the 71 cubes of a Subaru Outback or 70 cubes of a Toyota Venza. A RAV4 and CR-V are even bigger, and heck the old Mazda 6 5-door hatchback (which was awesome) had 59 cubes. Other than the Venza, all of these models have excellent rearward visibility. I can't see a damn thing out of the Crosstour when reversing into a parking spot because the C-D pillar is enormous.
I must ask then: what's the point? It has substantially less cargo space than wagons and crossovers, its back seat is no bigger than a regular Accord's, its fuel economy is no better than competitors, there's no available four-cylinder engine and to top it all off, it's pricey. Our Crosstour costs $37,563 whereas a similarly equipped Subaru Outback would be $34,685. A fully loaded, V6-powered Equinox is $35,155.
People don't like wagons or hatchbacks (presumably) for aesthetic reasons, so perhaps something with striking design can overcome practicality and value shortfalls. The thing is, the Crosstour doesn't do that. My fiancee rarely comments on the cars I drive home, but last night she felt compelled to point at the Crosstour and say "I don't like that. Looks like something sat on an SUV."
And with that I rest my case.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,400 miles