February 14, 2011
In about a year the lease is up on my wife's Mazda CX-9. And well, it turns out she didn't need all that cargo space and the third row seating she had to have last time around. What to get next?
After a year and nearly 20,000 miles with our 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, I'm thinking there might be a Crosstour in my family's future. After all, our long-termer has been dead reliable, it packs more room then my family really needs, it's quick, comfortable and it drives more like a sedan than any crossover I can think of.
In fact, I just spent a full week driving our white Crosstour and I have no complaints. Not one. It served me and my family perfectly, which is of course the point.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 19,306 miles
February 04, 2011
Our Accord Crosstour has memory seats; they're standard in EX-L models like ours and in certain respects, Honda has done a good job with the execution. The memory-seat controls are located exactly where you're expect to find them - high on the door, within ready eyeshot. They're also easy to use - adjust the seat, press "Set," hit "1" or "2" and you're good to go. I had to reprogram the settings and it took me all of three seconds.
But there's one thing I'd change about the way the memory seats operate, if I could.
January 31, 2011
It rained yesterday in L.A. That means, besides drivers losing their minds, the roads develop more potholes and ruts. I use a stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Glen to see how cars hope with the worst road conditions. The right-hand lane is pockmarked like the moon and, ironically, is in one of the most expensive sections of the city.
How did the Crosstour fare?
The Crosstour handled it well. No, I take that back -- it was excellent. Really. Let's hear it for compliance, sensibly-sized wheel and tire combinations and suspension travel.
Normally, other cars' steering wheels dance about like a paint shaker at the Home Depot on this road -- the car squirming to and fro. Not the Crosstour -- it glided over the chunked-up asphalt. I had a very light grip on the wheel and it tracked true and straight. Inside, the fury under the contact patches was abated to a dull thud. Color me impressed.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 18,804 miles
January 18, 2011
I'm a fan of lumbar support, but seriously, the Honda Crosstour's front seats are extreme to the point that they're uncomfortable. Having the ability to adjust lumbar support to a massive amount is one thing (and for many out there, a good thing), but being stuck with a level that jabs into your back, forcing you into a continual arch, is another. Even with the driver's seat turned to its minimum level, I find it excessive. And the front passenger seat can't be adjusted at all. So if you don't like a ton of lumbar, tough luck.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 18,152 miles
December 06, 2010
Like Caroline, I made a weekend trip to Buttonwillow Raceway for 24 Hours of Lemons (and big congrats are in order for Team Eyesore), and my companion was our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour.
If you drive a Crosstour for 300 miles or more, you simply have to admit it's a good road trip car. The ride is quiet -- yes, legitimately quiet. Road noise is significantly reduced over our 2008 Accord EX-L V6 Navi sedan, and carrying on phone conversations over the Bluetooth connection is easy -- there isn't much ambient noise for the microphone to pick up.
Ride comfort is also good, and the Crosstour offers more compliance than many other crossovers out there simply because Honda didn't feel the need to make a styling statement with the wheel/tire package.
Of course, there are lots of cars out there with quiet, comfy rides. On the way home from Buttonwillow, though, the weather turned nasty (rainbow notwithstanding), and I thought of one big reason I might want to buy an Accord Crosstour over something else.
And that reason is that the Crosstour is simply an all-wheel-drive Accord (er, four-wheel-drive since this is still a front-driver until the wheels slip). And as I was driving up the Tejon Pass amidst heavy rain, significant crosswinds and an outside temperature reading of 39 degrees (and therefore, a possibility of freezing rain), I was pretty happy to be in a car with all-wheel-drive, as the Crosstour remained sure-footed the whole way.
No, I didn't really *need* four-wheel drive here, but Accords are a part of my past. I'll never forget a night in December many years ago when my exhausted mother handed me the keys to her Accord EX, and said, "Here, you drive." It was a freak snowstorm in central Arkansas (with temperatures dropping steadily), and they don't really have a snow clearing plan there. It was a bit scary and it sure would have been nice to have 4WD back then.
So for that subsection of the population that sees Accord ownership as an end in itself, the availability of an AWD Accord with slightly raised ground clearance can't be a bad thing. However, the size of the Crosstour (196.8 inches long, +3.5 inches over the sedan) is beyond what many people consider the limits of Accordness. I think for the next generation of the Accord, there's simply going to have to be some moderation in size.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,707 miles
November 22, 2010
Yesterday, after I left a friend's place and was on my way home, the "Low Tire Pressure" warning light for our 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour came on. Eek!
Yeah, worrywart that I am, I feared being stuck with a flat tire on a dark street; I had at least half an hour of daylight left and 10 miles til I reached home. So I pulled in to a gas station to check on the tires, fearing the worst.
I scanned each tire and ran my hand over each one to see if I could feel air or if there were any nails. Nothing. So then I proceeded to check them with the tire gauge (those things are hard to read!) on the air wand.
According to the sticker on the driver door jamb, the recommended psi for both front and rear tires is 32. And according to the tire gauge, the front tires were just fine, but both rear tires looked to be about 28-30 psi.
I filled them up and within a minute or so after starting the car, the "Low Tire Pressure" light went out. And the good news is that the next morning, it didn't come back on, meaning no leak. Pfew!
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 15,729 miles
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.
May 18, 2010
I know, I know, you think it's ugly and silly, etc. etc. etc. But I believe there are at least 10 things to like in every car. Here's my list for the Crosstour:
1. clear, full-color rear camera view
2. clean, unencumbered gauges that are easy to read
3. precise steering
4. a steering wheel that feels good in the hand
5. smooth, balanced ride without being floppy
6. comfortable front seats
7. roomy back seat area
8. convenient levers in cargo area to drop the rear seats
9. lots of little storage cubbies and useful cupholders
10. adequately powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine
I'm sure I can come up with more. Feel free to add some of your own.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
October 11, 2010
Yesterday was the annual Chocolate Salon in Pasadena, California. Chocolate and women go together like bees and honey, like gin and tonic, like macaroni and cheese. So, I loaded up the Crosstour with my female friends and hopped on the 110 freeway.
It's always hotter in Pasadena than where I live by the beach, so we were grateful for the Crosstour's easy-to-use A/C unit. My front seat passenger and I got our own temperature controls. And while the rear seat passengers couldn't control their own temp, they did appreciate the adjustable vents in the back.
All complimented the Crosstour's roomy back seat area. We're all on the short side, but even so, they enjoyed the 37 inches of legroom and 37.5 inches of headroom.
One of my passengers owns the previous generation base Honda Accord and commented on how much more room the Crosstour has in the back. The other has a brother who just purchased a Crosstour in a darker color. She thought it looked much larger in white.
There was plenty of room for chocolate and nothing melted, including us.
September 24, 2010
Last night, a friend and I made a last-decision to go see game 3 of the final Dodgers/Padres series of 2010. I knew it was going to be a lengthy slog through evening traffic, so I picked a vehicle with a good navigation system (to assist with rerouting on surface streets) that I knew would be comfortable and easy to drive. I picked our Accord Crosstour.
The seats in the Crosstour feel almost exactly like the seats in our long-term 2008 Accord EX-L V6. As with the Crosstour, the driver seat in that car had its detractors, but I always liked it. The shape of the Crosstour's back cushion fits my frame well, and the seat-bottom cushion is long enough to support my thighs. The seating position relative to the steering wheel and pedals also fits me to an ergonomic tee. It was indeed a long slog (we arrived after dark, as seen above), and the driver seat never got uncomfortable.
Beyond that, I find the Crosstour incredibly easy to maneuver to considering its size. Visibility is also good, except for the view to the rear corners -- and at least there's a rear camera to help with that. On the way home, when we were back up to 65 mph, I enjoyed the Honda's quiet ride -- it's a significant improvement over the Accord sedan.
On the walk out of the stadium, we noticed one more benefit to Accord Crosstour ownership.
You're never going to lose this car in a parking lot.
September 17, 2010
( Thanks to Kurt Niebuhr for the seat shot. Turns out, taking good pictures of a cars seat is damned near impossible. At least for me, today.)
The Honda Accord, and thus, the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour has the worst seats in the world, bar none --- and I mean NONE. Elise, Ariel Atom, Grand Marquis, all better than the Crosstour. You've heard about this before, recently, but it's worth mentioning again.
The leather's nice enough and it doesn't have the fabric scrunching that plagues the CR-V and Odyssey, but they're still awful.
Sitting on the Crosstour's seat is like sitting on a pregnant lady who's had her legs removed at the knees: There's no thigh support, and something round is constantly prodding your lower back. This is some sort of orthopedic seating design that only one person I've ever met finds pleasant but that some doctor in Japan probably claims improves something by something else.
We bring up a lot of small, irritating interior details on this blog; "I like x." "I dislike x." "X in the sun hurts my eyes." but often they're things that, with time, you'd just get used to. A seat that makes you want to stab yourself in the face to stop the pain in your back? Yeah, not so much.
Too bad, too, because the Crosstour's got a nice ride and well, the fewer sedans there are on the road the better. But you won't see me with one.
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor Edmunds.com
September 16, 2010
I know I just used this picture yesterday, but it illustrates what this post is about. The front seats in the Crosstour have a strangely shaped upper portion. See how they kind of scoop out the top part? The top of the seat back doesn't support around my shoulders.
Maybe it's because I'm short but I don't think so. Maybe it is overly aggressive lumbar support?
The way I like to position the seat, which is leaning slightly back but not too much, the top of the seat falls away from my shoulders. So, I have to position the seat more upright than I would naturally like to sit. If I lean back too far, it stops touching the top of my back altogether. Weird design.
Anyone have a similar experience is their Crosstour? Any of you own a Crosstour?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 12,714 miles
August 09, 2010
Out of curiosity, I rode around in the back of our Crosstour this weekend while my wife drove us to a friend's barbeque. I was mostly interested finding out how the headroom was due to the hatchback body style. I'm 5-foot 10-inches and didn't have any problems, though perhaps those of editor Riswick size might. If you go by the specs, the Crosstour has 37.5 inches of rear headroom and includes a standard sunroof. With a sunroof, the Accord sedan has 37.2 inches of rear headroom, or 38.5 inches without a sunroof.
Just like the Accord, you get an impressive amount of legroom and shoulder room in the Crosstour. The seats don't recline, but there's suitable thigh support and nice armrests for both sides. Going for a long-distance trip while riding in the back wouldn't be any problem at all.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,584 miles
August 04, 2010
So we're half way through our year-long test of the Honda Accord Crosstour and it's earned some diverse opinions from our staff. In general, I haven't been too fond of it, taking issue with its homely look, our test car's disappointing build quality, and an all-around dubious appeal -- I can think of a lot of other vehicles I'd rather buy if I wanted car-like dynamics but still some extra versatility.
In contrast, Donna, for one, is a believer. And you know, I totally see why and respect that. When I'm just driving the Crosstour around town, I dig it. The seats are comfortable. The ride's smooth and quiet. The steering just feels right going around corners. And the V6 puts out a nice little snarl when you get on it. Donna got it spot on when she described the Crosstour as "adult." But it's not for me.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
July 17, 2010
We've been having some trouble with the air conditioning in our long-term Mitsubishi Outlander GT, but our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour has been keeping us consistently cool.
Last weekend, up in the Antelope Valley northeast of Los Angeles, the Crosstour's a/c proved its abilities in the triple digit summer swelter. Even in 100 degree desert conditions, the Crosstour's air conditioning proved capable of keeping four humans comfortable within its spacious black interior.
It wasn't exactly freezing us out. But it was doing its job. Not one sweaty back in our bunch. Cool.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief
July 14, 2010
On Monday evening our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour hauled four big, burly baseball fans from our office in Santa Monica 65-miles southeast to Anaheim for the Home Run Derby. And back home that night of course. The Crosstour proved to be the perfect vehicle for the task, so perfect we jumped in it again last night for the same trip. This time for the All-Star Game. More hot dogs. More baseball. More praise for the Crosstour, which is fast becoming my favorite people (and things) mover in our long-term fleet.
Any complaints? Only one. In the usual Honda tradition there's a little too much road roar allowed in the Crosstour's interior out on the highway. Rear seat passengers can sometimes find it hard to converse with those riding up front.
By the way, don't tell anyone, but that was us wandering the stadium parking lot last night for more than 30 minutes looking for the Crosstour. That's right, none of us could remember where we parked. Has that ever happened to you?
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 8,247 miles
May 17, 2010
Our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour is actually a 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour 4WD EX-L Nav. That means it's the top-of-the-line model. It also means it is loaded with features. Standard features, from a sunroof to heated seats. In fact, there are no actual options available on the 4WD EX-L Nav, just doodads from Honda's line of accessories.
But today we're going to talk about the Crosstour's heated seats, which you can see have two settings, LO and HI. On a scale from 1 to 10, I give them an 8 because they heat up quickly and distribute the warmth evenly between your buttocks and lower back. I would like a little more heat on the upper part of the seatback, however. I also think most of you would find the BTU output on the weak-side of acceptable especially in the wintery areas of the country, as they feel toasty warm on a cloudy 55 degree Los Angeles morning.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief
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 14, 2010
Precise steering makes the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour beautiful to me. It's never about road feel in this weight class, but the ratio (15.2:1) is dead-on for this type of vehicle (crossover shaped like root vegetable). Further, power assist is carefully meted out in the usual Honda fashion by the hydraulic power steering pump.
I also like the steering wheel, which feels about a half-size smaller in diameter than what I'd expect to find in a vehicle of this size. The almost dainty wheel is a pleasure to hold and perfectly in keeping with the light, but not too light, feel of the steering.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 4,111 miles
March 22, 2010
One thing I remember about our long-term 2008 Honda Accord was that some editors didn't find the front seats very comfortable. So I'm pleased to see that our new Accord Crosstour has already been used for a few long-distance trips without complaint. Dan in fact commented favorably on the seats for his drive to Arizona. Comparing pictures of the long-term Accord's seats and the Crosstour's, it looks like at least the leather stitching is a little different, so perhaps Honda made some minor padding and contouring adjustments as well.
I never had a problem with our long-term Accord's driver seat, so I'm not surprised that I like our Crosstour's, too. Even after multi-hour stints, the seat has remained comfortable.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,228 miles
March 12, 2010
It's spring, so it's time to be away to the races, even one as stupid (and wonderfully successful) as Jay Lamm's 24 Hours of LeMons. This one took place at Sears Point.
About 420 miles door-to-door, 860 for the weekend and 24.4 mpg. Orchards along Interstate 5 were blooming, white for the usual almond trees and then pink for a few groves of cherries planted next to vineyards. A great time to drive in California, except for the major insect homicides.
Turns out that the Honda Crosstour drives a lot better than expected.
March 03, 2010
I've just wheeled our minty-fresh 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour into the parking lot of a hilltop hotel in Prescott (pronounced "press kit"), a medium-sized town that sits at an elevation of 5,300 feet or so in central Arizona. Call it a mile.
The route from my California home included high-speed freeway, two-lane back roads and, near the end, a tightly-winding climb from the desert floor to my current Precott perch. Through it all I spent a solid 7 hours in the seat.
And you know what? I'd do it again. The fact that I'm obliged to do so tomorrow if I want to get back home is beside the point; this is a really nice car for long road trips.
Why? The steering is spot-on: effort and precision are good and there is nary a hint of wander or crosswind sensivity on the long, boring straight parts. Its ride is smooth and balanced in a way that our departed (and soggy) 2008 Accord sedan wasn't. And our Crosstour's leather front seats and driving position fit my frame just about perfectly. Some may be pained by looking at the thing, but the same cannot be said for the seats or the driving.
Furthermore, the 3.5-liter V6 engine makes a substantial amount of ready power and the 5-speed automatic's shift points are quite well timed, whether driving flat or climbing up the sinuous highway 89 to Prescott.
The 343.7-mile journey from home to here required 14.2 gallons of 87 octane. That works out to 24.2 mpg, just shy of the 4x4 Crosstour's 25 mpg EPA Highway rating. I usually focus on EPA combined (20 mpg here) but this WAS a pure highway tank.
Since much of my day was sub-optimal in that I spent a lot of time at either 75 mph or climbing about a mile up into the sky, I don't consider this mpg near-miss a failure. Besides, I should be able to make it up, and then some, on the downhill return trip. The round-trip average will be much more telling.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 1,041 miles