February 03, 2011
My neighbor took a walk-around of the Crosstour this morning. He works for a large Japanese automaker and likes to inspect whatever long- or short-term car ends up in the driveway. As he walked around the back to check out the rear cargo volume, reserving judgment on the car's design, I looked for the tailgate release around the driver's seat. Except, it wasn't there.
Looked around the dash. Nope. Scanned the center stack, steering column. Inside the center console; nope, just a USB cable and AUX input in there. I did find the traction control button next to an empty cubbie where you might stash a garage door opener or pack of smokes.
Really? A big old button and a spot for your American Spirits, but no hatch release?
So I Read The Fine Manual, but it only offered helpful instructions on how to get out and lift it yourself, pal. A minor quibble, I admit. But come on. There's no available power option, either. I await a fiery response from the IL reader who knows the secret location of the hatch release. If it does exist, my meager cognitive skills were strained to failure trying to find it.
I hadn't driven the Crosstour recently, but I recognized the ease of its steering effort instantly. And going through some of the old posts, it's one of the features the editors almost unanimously praise. It points nicely into crowded left-hand turn lanes, eases into U-turns and threads crowded parking lots. At speed, it offers good resistance.
It's still got the brake shakes - not an encouraging sign at still under 20,000 miles. Whatever the Crosstour's future in Honda's portfolio, I'm guessing it will remain popular on the used market. Its polarizing design will matter less as the cost to entry drops. If I was shopping a used car for a college-bound kid, I'd seriously consider it. Likewise if I just wanted a car for active weekend pursuits. Sure the sloping roof cuts down cargo room, as do the rear shock towers, barging their way into the rear hold. So what? It's still a good Accord, but now it's an Accord you can pile a bunch of stuff into.
And hey, what's this? Our twin!
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor
January 26, 2011
Our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour has a small storage box at the bottom of the center stack, below the CD player. It's easy to miss or forget. That's why I hid my garage door opener in there a while back when I had to valet park. I was pretty sure the valets wouldn't find it.
Perhaps other (somewhat famous) people could hide things in there they wouldn't want discovered. For example, Chris Brown, Tony Parker, or Tiger Woods could place their mobile phones in that stash box so Rihanna, Eva, or Elin, respectively, wouldn't find it.
I suppose you could hide your "medical marijuana" in there too...but that police K9 will probably discover it.
So you'd better limit that stash box to your cheating mobile phone or garage door opener.
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 18,650 miles
January 17, 2011
You bet it does. There's something to be said for the ease with which tall wagon/crossover-type vehicles such as the Honda Crosstour swallow all kinds of cargo, including bicycles. Definitely makes it less daunting when you're loading up the car to meet the guys for that chilly, 77-degree January mountain bike ride.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 17,989 miles
January 11, 2011
A number of people on my street have left their Christmas trees on the curb, hoping that the city will pick them up. However, the city of Los Angeles doesn't seem to be in a rush to get them, as many have been lying on the street for more than five days. I wasn't going to contribute to this mess and I wanted to make sure that my old tree would be properly disposed of, so I took it to a nearby fire station, one of the locations where the city's Bureau of Sanitation has placed large bins to collect and recycle discarded Christmas trees. The Honda Accord Crosstour was more than up to the task of tree recycling.
December 21, 2010
It's that time again -- time to pick a set of wheels for our 2,000-mile Christmas trip to see Mom and Dad in Oregon. WIth four-wheel drive and a decent amount of space, our 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour seems the perfect choice, especially with a very wet forecast ahead.
But it turns out "a decent amount of space" isn't quite enough when four are aboard and no seats can be folded, what with all the packages and presents we need to haul up. The Crosstour is the perfect size for our summer trip, but not this one.
So we're going to have to take something else -- something with more cargo space. The Ford Flex is gone, the Chevrolet Traverse is spoken for and the GMC Terrain isn't much more spacious than this.
Methinks the new 2011 Toyota Sienna SE might just get the nod.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 17,320 miles
December 20, 2010
I drove the Crosstour for the first extended time this past weekend. Not just a lunch time errand or a commute home late night and back early in the morning. But all weekend, holiday shopping running out to dinner and the movies kind of weekend driving.
Ok, I'm going to say it right out: I think this thing is hideously butt-ugly. Now that we're past that, I think this is a pretty solid choice vehicle. Here's why:
My primary interest in the Crosstour is that I've been thinking of a vehicle like this for my future. I love trucks, but seeing how gas prices are climbing back up, I'm hesitant to drop a good amount of money on a vehicle that chugs gas at $4 a gallon (future forecast price for arguments sake and yes, Southern California gas prices are just that ridiculous). For most of the outdoorsy stuff I do, it would require a above average clearance, a capable AWD system, and flexible cargo capacity. That means my choices boil down to that fact I'd want the light truck capability but in a more reasonable gas efficient vehicle. Simply put, a crossover.
Most of the cute-ute crossovers don't do much for me. That puts the wagon-like crossover options front and center for my considerations. Keeping all this in mind, I closely paid attention to what the Crosstour had to offer this past weekend.
First off, I thought that the 271-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 was pretty awesome. Tons of power when you needed it, not a lot of lag when you stab the gas pedal, and the G-logic transmission management system kept the engine power right in the sweet spot for active driving without hunting for another gear.
With all the rain dumping on LA these last few days, the pot holes were opening up all over the place. The Crosstours ride was compliant enough to manage all the bumps and bangs with a great amount of comfort. I'd agree with Erin Riches that the interior is incredibly quite. I was very surprised by the Crosstours level of ride refinement.
While the button waterfall center console was a bit much for me, the overall interior is really quite nice in my opinion. I know many of the Editors had issues with the build quality, but maybe those pieces were snapped/glued back into place before I got there because I didn't notice them. Contrary to many of the other Editors on staff, I found the seats very comfortable. As added bonuses there were plenty of thoughtful touches throughout, like the automatic activation of the rear wiper when putting the car into reverse (when your windshield wipers are on). Overall I felt the Crosstour is a solid, comfortable and city capable vehicle.
I say city capable because of the optional real-time 4WD is a simple mechanical system that lacks locking differentials, computer optimization, and front/rear torque vectoring. This kind of system would work for inclement weather, but I worry about it's effectiveness for off-roading. It seems the Crosstour has focused me onto the Subaru line with it's capable asymmetrical AWD system.
Would I buy the Crosstour? Honestly, probably not. The price point, the simple AWD system and the overall exterior styling are probably deal killers for me. Is it a bad car? No. I think it's a good car. Just not a great car for me.
Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer
November 01, 2010
It's dead-simple to fold the backseats flat in our longterm 2010 Honda Crosstour. Rather than explain it, I'll let this thrill-a-minute shakycam video above do it for me.
Now, the Crosstour isn't the only car in the world with handy release handles for the seat. But handy is handy, and it was nice that I didn't have to remove the headrests first. Perhaps if the driver's seat was further back there may have been a need to remove them, but my driving position worked out here.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor
November 01, 2010
This weekend marked the first time I brought our Honda Crosstour home. I was curious as to how it drove and if the hatch really does add utility, but I got distracted by some mildly aggravating features.
It's already been noted that the center stack has far too many buttons, and I agree. There are plenty of cars out there with the same features that don't resort to control panels that look like it was pulled out of the Apollo 11 lunar lander. My real issues with the Crosstour, however, lay elsewhere.
October 14, 2010
I'm in the process of moving. Yesterday it came time to move one of the items I was dreading, the tool chest. I could empty it first, but who wants to do that? So I called my dad and we muscled it into the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour. Try doing that in a regular Accord.
It wasn't quite big enough for everything.
October 01, 2010
Last night I made a quick shopping run to buy a cheap rug for my daughter's "play" area in the garage. Although I was only in the market for a 4x6-foot rug, I figured I'd take the Honda Crosstour so there'd be plenty of room if the roll was too thick to bend.
The four-foot width of the rug fit perfectly across the Crosstour's cargo hold, so no bending was necessary.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 13,246 miles
September 08, 2010
1997 was the last year you could have bought an Accord Wagon here in the states (that's a '96 pictured above). Now that it's called a Crosstour, do you still think it's a wagon or has shaving the square bit off the roof magically transformed it into something more like an SUV? Even with the addition of all-wheel drive and more ground clearance, I still consider the Crosstour a wagon.
Funny thing, when I looked up what the luggage and cargo capacity differences might be, there wasn't much difference:
- 1996 Accord Wagon: Luggage = 25.7 cu-ft, maximum cargo = 63.0 cu-ft
- 2010 Accord Crosstour: Luggage = 25.7 cu-ft; maximum cargo = 51.0 cu-ft
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 12,055 miles
August 26, 2010
Our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour has decent luggage space. Decent, not great.
The Crosstour has a commendably low liftover height of just 28", but with the rear seat up I was able to get only one 29" international suitcase inside along with 2 mid-sized roll-on bags.
If you fold down the rear seats with the clever pull-levers in the cargo area, the situation isn't much better: the wheelwell/shock tower covers intrude on the cargo capacity big-time.
Loading long items in the cargo area with the seat down seems to be one of the few advantages of the Crosstour over the Accord sedan.
That and the awesome styling, of course.
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 11, 470 miles
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."
July 20, 2010
That shelf is more than four-feet long. I was surprised how well it fit in the back of our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour. Sure the Crosstour's cargo area isn't going to win any height awards, but it's plenty wide (there was room to spare) and surprisingly deep. From the Honda's rear hatch to its rear seats is a significant amount of space.
July 06, 2010
The long holiday weekend gave me plenty of time to do lots of fun things like clean out the garage. I'd had enough of looking at the old cans of house paint left by the previous owner, and as I've never had much of a taste for Petal Pink walls, every inch of the interior has now finally been repainted to my own Smokey Ash preference.
I found the closest Hazardous Household Waste drop-off in Los Angeles County (conveniently open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) and loaded all the dusty cans into the back of our 2010 Honda Crosstour.
Worried about sullying the Crosstour's cargo floor, I grabbed a heavy-duty trash bag to put down first. Didn't realize until I popped the rear hatch that the Crosstour already has a nice, deep rubber cargo tray, a $138 option on our long-term test car.
Imagining a potential rainbow of hazardous waste flowing across the Crosstour's immaculate rear mat, I used the trash bag anyway.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 7,584 miles
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
May 03, 2010
Obviously, vehicles like the Accord Crosstour don't succeed because they're especially sexy or especially engaging or especially easy on the eyes. They succeed because because they're easy to live with.
In that respect, our Crosstour gets the job done and then some. This weekend, the crossover was like the sort of old friend with whom you can easily have long, comfortable silences. Its suspension was accommodating, soaking up bumps without fuss or complaint -- all while managing to deliver decent road feel. Its amiable front seat offered good support as I ran errands around town. And of course, a couple bags of groceries weren't a problem for its decent-sized cargo area.
My time with the Crosstour wasn't thrilling, but it was pleasant. I got the sense that the crossover could handle whatever suburban challenge I happened to toss its way.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 5,103 miles
April 19, 2010
I like cargo floor mats. And here's a perfect example of why. When I was done carrying these muddy wheels around I simply wiped the dust off the floor mat. And threw away the drool-stained pillow.
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor
April 02, 2010
A few commenters were wondering on my last Honda Accord Crosstour post where the car's spare tire is located since the normal space for a spare is taken up by the removable storage box. The answer is that it's located underneath the car. To get to it, you have to lower it down just like you have to do on trucks or SUVs with under-body spare tire mounts. Photos and details on how long it takes to get to the spare tire follow after the jump.
March 31, 2010
One of the nifty utility things you get with the Accord Crosstour is the under-floor storage box. You take out the cargo floor mat and flip up the floor panel to get to it. The storage box itself is removable, as are its two dividers.
March 29, 2010
Over on the Edmunds CarPool blog, we pitted the Honda Accord Crosstour against a Nissan Murano today for our weekly Face-Off poll. Based on the commentary so far (and you're welcome to add to it), the Crosstour is getting schooled. Too stylistically challenged and not practical enough, say the people.
For my part, I've been driving our long-termer for more than a week now. From a daily-use standpoint, the Crosstour has been useful; the wide-opening hatchback is nice, as is the rubberized trunk liner. But realistically, I could have managed just fine so far with a regular Accord sedan. As for the Crosstour's styling, I can't say it's grown on me. It looks fine from certain angles, but other times I'll catch a glance and think, "That's one homely looking Honda."
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,380 miles
March 10, 2010
There are two ways to drop the rear seats in the Honda Accord Crosstour. You can pull them down using a handle on the top of the seatback. Or if you're loading cargo into the hatchback and realize you need more space, you can pull the levers that are on both sides of the cargo area and the seats will drop. Very convenient. Here's a video demonstration.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor