2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Long-Term Road Test - Miscellaneous

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Not Very Diverse

March 01, 2011


Our Crosstour is in a scintillating shade I like to call Appliance White. And every Crosstour that I've run into on the streets of Los Angeles has been silver or gray, like the model shown above -- a safe sea of neutrals, with not a red, green or blue in sight. Turns out the Crosstour only comes in seven colors and four of them are neutrals -- black, silver, gray and white.

A company named DuPont Automotive takes a look each year at the most popular car colors in North America. White was the most popular shade in 2010, followed by -- you guessed it -- black, silver and gray. Perhaps Honda and other manufacturers are paying attention to consumer preferences and adjusting their color palettes accordingly. In any case, it's a shame there's not more color on the streets.

Does the model that you drive come in a wide or narrow range of shades?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ ~19,600 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: A Small Complaint

February 17, 2011


Honda has made a strange ergonomic choice on the Accord Crosstour. One I don't agree with, but one that is, I admit, not much to worry about.

To check your fuel range on most cars, included the Acura MDX and the Honda Odyssey I've driven this week, the number can be found somewhere on the instrument panel directly ahead of the driver. And it can left there indefinitely instead of the odometer reading or some other info the driver may not need very often.

But this ins't the case in the Honda Crosstour. In the Crosstour "Range" is buried over on the nav screen behind two promps. First you push the "info" button and then you have to select Trip Computer. Not a big deal, but now I don't have my audio info or my nav screen.

Again, this isn't a deal breaker for me, but Honda got it right on the MDX and the Odyssey. Hmmmmmm...

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Kiddie Praise

February 15, 2011


We were expecting some friends to drop by anytime, so my daughter decided to stalk them from our front yard.

"What kind of car do they have?" she asked.

"A Honda," I replied. "Accord Crosstour, white, like the one I sometimes drive."

"I can't think of a Crosstour," she began when the spunky little neighbor girl piped in.

"I know the Crosstour!" she yelled. "It looks like a rabbit!"

I raised my eyebrows, giving her an admonishing sidelong glance.

"I'm not being mean," she replied earnestly. "Everyone thinks bunnies are cute."

Hard to argue with the logic of a seven-year-old car enthusiast.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: I Might Buy One

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

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: A Typical Buyer

February 09, 2011

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Ever been curious as to what kind of buyer purchases a whitish (or, more accurately, Alabaster Silver Metallic, I'm guessing) Honda Accord Crosstour? I know I was, so when I saw one cruising down a trendy stretch of 3rd Street while driving our own white Crosstour, I tailed the car like my name was Jake Gittes or Easy Rollins, just so I could check out the person behind the wheel.

Since I see the Crosstour as a family vehicle for parents (of small families) unwilling to trek into station-wagon or minivan territory, I was expecting our car's doppelganger to be piloted by a harried housewife with crayon stains on her blouse and a wailing toddler in the back seat. Or maybe a spent hockey dad, gazing wearily at the long road ahead.

But this Crosstour driver defied all my preconceived notions.

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Parking Lot Standout

February 09, 2011


Plenty has been said about the Honda Crosstour's exterior design. We admit that it's polarizing, to say the least.

But if Honda was going for a standout car, they certainly didn't miss with the Crosstour. Sure, it's probably the newest car in this parking lot, but it's not just its newness that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: My First Thumbs-Up

February 07, 2011

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On Friday night I was in the Crosstour on my way to meet friends at the Arclight for a showing of "True Grit." Stopped at a red light and felt like I was being watched. Turns out it was the Crosstour that was being watched - the woman in the lane next to me (seemed to be in her mid-30s, driving a BMW Z3 convertible) was giving the car the once-over and she seemed to like what she was seeing.

She saw me watching her watching the Crosstour and smiled, then gave the car a thumbs-up. Now it's obviously not the first time an onlooker has responded favorably to a car I was driving - I've gotten admiring smiles and even a couple of appreciative nods. But this is the first time I've been on the receiving end of such an explicit gesture of approval. A thumbs-up! My very first one. What a special moment. I'm sure the Crosstour felt validated.

And the Crosstour lovefest didn't end there. Later that night I was headed to the car on my way from a restaurant when I noticed a group of teenagers clustered around it - I'm guessing they were no older than 17 or so. They were gazing at the Crosstour with the sort of reverence and admiration usually reserved for, well, cars that aren't Honda Accord Crosstours. Didn't get a chance to quiz them since they were gone by the time I made it to the car.

So there you have it - the Crosstour turned heads twice in one day. The Crosstour! Twice! Who knew she was such an attention grabber?

What's the most attention-grabbing car you've ever driven?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 19,055 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Many Buttons, But We Want More

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

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Apples and Kiwis?

January 12, 2011

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Driving the Crosstour got me to thinking: when was the last real Accord wagon? Turns out that was the 1997 model year. And thus began the comparison of dissimilar fruits. That '97 with its extended, squared-off (i.e. wagon) roofline offered the same seats-up cargo space (26 cubic feet) and likely quite a bit more maximum capacity than the Crosstour's 51 cubes.

Furthermore, the Crosstour still only seats 5, is nine inches longer and weighs 700 pounds more (front-wheel-drive version) In fairness, the Crosstour provides an inch more rear headroom and three inches more rear legroom.has a 271-hp V6 to the '97s 145-hp I4, has more safety and luxury features and gets nearly the same average (combined) fuel fuel mileage estimate -- 21 mpg versus 22 mpg.

In some ways (performance with fuel efficiency) Honda has made considerable strides in its Accord "wagon", while in others (space efficiency for its size) it has taken a few steps back. Although I agree with other staffers that the Crosstour is comfortable and pleasant to drive, the logical side of me (and yes, the aesthetic side as well) prevents me from giving it full endorsement.

What do you think? Should Honda ditch the crossover/hatchback idea and bring out a more conventional (and space efficient) wagon? Something like the new TSX Sport Wagon perhaps?

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 17,833 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Still in the Game?

December 29, 2010

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Given that Honda recently announced plans to pull the plug on the boxy and rugged little Element, some folks may be wondering about the fate of the Accord Crosstour.

After all, the Crosstour has been a sales disappointment. Honda moved just 25,927 Crosstours year-to-date through the end of November, which means the manufacturer is unlikely to meet its 2010 sales goal of 30,000 units. (Keep in mind that this goal was revised down from an original goal of 35,000 units.)

So what's the story?

Well, the Crosstour's sticking around. I got this statement from a Honda spokesperson:

"The Accord Crosstour is doing a good job for us. Admittedly, the world is a different place than it was during Accord Crosstour launch planning -- as is the case for many vehicles that went through planning stages in 2006-2008. The customer need, however, remains -- despite industry-wide lower new vehicle sales. In light of everything, and the fact that it outsells key competitors' V6 models, Honda is very happy with Accord Crosstour. We're going to continue to invest in it and grow our Accord Crosstour business."

Nice to see Honda approaching things with a long-term perspective. The more time I spend in the Crosstour, the more I appreciate it -- it's definitely an easy car to live with.

Do you think the Crosstour's audience will grow in the months and years ahead?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Honda Crosstour: Crossover Cross-shopping

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

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: HVAC Registers Don't Shut

December 17, 2010

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Our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour has many switches on its centerstack, but with a little familiarity, almost any function can be found quickly.

There's one small thing that is missing, though. And that is a switch to shut the center HVAC vents. I like using Auto HVAC control, although I don't like the direct airflow from those center registers. Most new car models have the ability to shut them completely by either a switch or having the flaps fold flat.

Not a big deal, but an improvement point for the next generation Honda Crosstour.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 17,120 miles

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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

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: It's an All-Wheel-Drive Accord

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

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Does It Have More Grace Than an E-Class?

December 01, 2010


I have no problem defending the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, well, apart from the fact that it's not significantly more useful than the cheaper Accord EX-L Navi sedan we used to own. I like driving this hatchback.

And last night I realized I like driving it more than the latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Hear me out. Or move on to the next blog entry.

Our all-wheel-drive Accord Crosstour and the rear-drive E-Class I drove the night before (which happened to be an E320 Bluetec) have a similar footprint and both weigh about two tons. But the big Honda feels more awake going around a corner. There's more heft to the Crosstour's steering (hydraulic power assist on both), and the ratio feels quicker -- and is quicker (15.2:1 vs 17.0:1).

When I turn a corner in the Crosstour, it feels like a smaller thing than it is. With the E-Class, I keep wondering if I've climbed into a previous-generation S-Class, as it takes its sweet, elegant time turning in.

Of course, this comparison isn't as black-and-white as maybe I'm making it sound. I've driven an E550 on plenty of back roads, and the middle-size Benz sedan holds its own there, even if it's not a bit sporty. And the reality is that I wouldn't care to drive the Crosstour on back roads, certainly not with its fade-prone stock brake hardware (which I do hope Honda will see fit to improve... soon, please).

Point is, that back in the city, where I spend most of my time, the Crosstour steers and handles in a way that I find endearing.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,291 miles

Accord Crosstour E320 Bluetec
Length 196.8 in. 191.7 in.
Wheelbase 110.1 in. 113.2 in.
Width 74.7 in. 75.9 in.
Height 65.7 in. 57.9 in.
Weight 4,070 lbs. 4,059 lbs.

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Low Tire Pressure Warning Redux

November 29, 2010


The low tire pressure warning in our 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour came on again this morning in the wee hours on my way to the office. The TMPS lamp eye winked and caught my eye about a minute after I left my driveway.

I thought about turning around and heading back to my garage, where I have an industrial-grade air compressor. But with the clock reading 5:09 am, I figured my neighbors would get cross. Besides, the nearest local gas station lay only a mile ahead of me. I soldiered on.

The gas station wasn't open yet, so I couldn't ask the attendant to trigger the compressor. It was the wimpy coin-operated kind, but California law says that air for tires must be free for customers who request it. The mini-mart attendant usually has access to an override button near the cash register.

I inspected each tire to see if one was obviously low while I waited for the place to open. No such luck. All of them looked fine, but the truck-driver's "thump test" seemed to implicate the left front.

Within a few minutes the "Open" sign came on and I was able to get the compressor going. I went first to the left front, but it was OK. Same with the right front. Turns out the left rear was down to 20 psi -- decidedly low, but apparently not low enough to "look" low.

I added air and started for work, and the light extinguished itself within the first minute. It's still off now, but this constitutes the Crosstour's second TPMS warning in 10 days. A single tire stood out this time. It's time to take it in to the shop to have the left rear inspected and patched.

Eyeball estimates of tire pressure don't reveal anything until the tire is arguably past the point of no return. The thump test isn't trustworthy on low-pressure, low volume passenger car tires. Tire gauges are king, but it's impractical to expect commuters to do a proper pre-flight check each and every morning before they set out.

That's where TPMS comes in. It's always on, always sampling. Here again, TPMS proves its worth. Another driver has been alerted to another slow leak well before the tire gets low enough to overheat and blow out. Since TPMS has become standard it has saved our bacon something like 20 times. More than that, I think. I've lost count.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 16,235 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Handling a Near Miss

November 22, 2010


The other day, editor JayKav and I were driving the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour to Edmunds HQ in Santa Monica. We were in the far right lane on 10 West just about to pass the exit lane for the 405 North, when all of a sudden a late-90s gray Mustang swerved directly at us from our left like he was on a mission.

The highway surface was still slick from the rainstorm the night before and we really didn't have a shoulder to swerve onto. It looked like it was going to end badly. But fortunately, Jay was able to maintain control of the Crosstour, while honking his horn at the driver to no avail. So Jay swerved deep into the shark's teeth to avoid being collided into and then fell in behind the other driver.

Apparently, before this near collision, he saw this Mustang driver start off in the far left lane (two lanes away from us) and move swiftly cross all lanes in a mad attempt to make that exit to the 405 N. Needless to say, the guy didn't make his exit so I snapped the above picture of him for posterity. Do you think he even realized that he almost caused an accident?

Thanks to the Crosstour's tires, steering, oh, and Jay's mad driving skills, we were able to avoid a really bad accident. There's no doubt this would have been a grisly two-car wreck had Jay not anticipated the trajectory of the other driver and taken evasive action. Go to driving school, kids!

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Camp Edwards or Bust

November 15, 2010


My daughter's fifth-grade class is preparing to go to a week-long outdoor science camp. That means, I'm preparing to prepare myself to let her go to outdoor science camp.

Camp's not until mid-January, but to get an idea of what the place looks like before the snow falls, Emma and I drove into the San Bernardino National Forest on Saturday. Our long-term Honda Crosstour was the perfect car for the quick day trip. We whipped right along during the 60 or so freeway miles, and the smooth ride didn't induce any puking as we snaked up the mountain to 7,000 feet, where the Crosstour's nav system guided us directly to the entrance of the remote Camp Edwards.

I say the entrance of the camp, because we didn't go any farther than the sign. Emma refused to look at the grounds, didn't want to "spoil the surprise."

That kid is soooo not like her mother.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor

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2010 Honda Crosstour: More Frequent Sightings

November 10, 2010


I used to never see the homely Honda Crosstour on the road. Now I see them nearly every day, mostly in the South Bay where my gym is located (and where nobody on our staff lives). Anyway, as I previously mentioned, you see pretty much every vehicle in SoCal. But I've seen maybe only one example of the Crosstour's prettier (and more expensive) sister, the Acura ZDX.

Here are the sales numbers that verify that: Jan-Oct 2010 for Crosstour = 23,700, while ZDX = 2850 (pitiful). For perspective, the big players in that segment, Murano and Venza, sold 44,800 and 40,000 in the same period, respectively.

I've never driven the better-looking ZDX, but the Crosstour is perfectly fine, except for the aesthetics. Perhaps that old adage is true: looks ain't everything.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ ~15,000 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: The Gap Won't Leave Me Alone

November 08, 2010

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This weekend as I was driving the Crosstour my gaze fell upon the the gap -- located on the front passenger door -- shown above. I kinda wish it hadn't. Now it's all I can look at when I ride in the thing.

What's striking is that most build quality issues tend to escape my attention unless I get in the car thinking "Right now, I'm going to check this thing out for build quality issues." But the Crosstour's gap entered my experience without invitation. It's a gaping wound. I want to give it stitches.

When I got in today, I checked the blog to see if any other editors had written posts on the Crosstour's build quality shortcomings, and sure enough, our esteemed Mr. Romans provided a thorough analysis of the situation a few months ago.

Are build quality issues a big deal for you guys?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Aren't You a Little Short for a USB Cable?

November 04, 2010


I like to listen to On Broadway on SiriusXM, much to the chagrin of my fellow editors. When they get in a car after me, not only do they have to move the seat way back but they get greeted with showtunes. Gotta sing. Gotta dance.

Sometimes, even I can't listen to "Luck Be a Lady" for the billionth time. So, I appreciate a car that allows me to hook up my iPod. The Honda Accord Crosstour offers an aux plug and a USB cable, instead of an iPod-only connection. But you should see the comedy of errors it takes to attach my iPod to the very short USB cable in the center storage area. I just can't get my arm to hold the USB cable and plug in my iPod cable. The lid of the storage area is in the way of my elbow and the USB cable is so short that it doesn't reach out of the fairly deep storage compartment. I can't make the connection from a seating position. I have to get out of the car and approach it sideways. I'd rather just have the USB outlet without a cable so I can plug directly in with one hand.

Anybody else have trouble with this?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Is This SEMA Car Better or Worse?

November 02, 2010


So, is this ultra-gloss black, Honda Factory Performance bodykit and 19-inch rim equipped SEMA Crosstour a step up, or a step back from our long term one?

And...if you're like me and think, yeah, that's cool, step up absolutely...is it just because this one's black?

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor Edmunds.com

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: This or That?

November 02, 2010


At the New York Auto Show earlier this year, Acura introduced the 2011 TSX Sport Wagon.

It seems to be a close cousin to our long-term 2010 Honda Crosstour, although Acura curiously named it Wagon instead of Cross-something.

It's an interesting alternative to the Crosstour, with either a 2.4L I4, or 3.5L V6 like the Crosstour.

Which would you rather own?

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ ~14,800 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Something Wrong With the Brake?

October 21, 2010

Yesterday when I parked our 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, I couldn't help but notice how chintzy the handbrake felt in my hand, very light with none of the meatiness of typical handbrakes. It felt almost like it would break off, and it made a more-obnoxious-than-usual ratchet noise. So just to make sure I wasn't bonkers I checked out a couple of other handbrake-equipped long-termers: the Kizashi and MS3. Sure enough, neither of those felt as bad. And those cars are less expensive than the Crosstour to boot.

I know in the video it sounds like every other parking brake, but in person, its weight and feel struck me as unusually cheap. Just sayin'.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Crosstour vs Subaru Outback: The Numbers

October 21, 2010

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This isn't a comparison test, but rather a simple numbers comparison between the Honda Accord Crosstour and a vehicle I deem would be a much more sensible purchase. And given how much more discounted the Crosstour is than the Subaru Outback (according to Edmunds TMV), it would seem that consumers agree with me.

The Crosstour might be a tad more refined and have a nicer nav system, but beyond that, I can't think of a single reason to buy one instead of the Outback. I could comment further, but I think the specs below speak for themselves.

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Sick Leave

October 20, 2010


The 2010 Honda Crosstour has been parked in my driveway since Saturday.

Meanwhile, I've been parked in my bed.

Where was I when Edmunds was hosting its annual flu shot clinic? In Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, driving the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 14,316 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Didn't Chevy Already Try This?

October 15, 2010

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I mean, sure, the 2010 Accord is better than the 2004 Malibu, but so is the 2010 Chevy Malibu. This isn't about what's a good car or not because if you ask me, the Chevy Malibu Maxx ('04-'07) was pretty darned good. It rode well, had that functional hatch and was a good alternative between sedan and wagon. It was as much better than the sedan as this Crosstour is better than the Accord sedan. Which is to say, slightly, but enough for me.

And unfortunately, it didn't do well enough to continue to the current generation of Malibu. Maybe it was the lack of the Crosstour's ride height or all-wheel-drive, but I'm pretty sure it's simply because most Americans just don't like wagons. It's a concept that seems to confuse auto enthusiasts more than string theory, but it seems to be the truth.

So then, the question: Will we see a Crosstour for the next generation of Accord? Will they dare bring the traditional wagon? Or is the Accord relegated to coupe and sedan next time around?

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Don't Panic!

October 07, 2010

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Last week, while washing my personal car, I set off the panic alarm -- twice. Both times it happened when I had the key fob in my hand and I was bending or leaning or moving something (like the driver's seat) as part of the cleaning process.

It was great fun to have my car honking it's horn in my own driveway, all while trying to get the key into the ignition and turn it to stop the madness. Yeah, holding the key while washing the car isn't ncecessarily a good idea, but if you're opening the cargo area or turning the steering wheel while cleaning a car you're likely to be holding the key. And I've had this happen with a key in my pocket, too, so there are few ways to guarantee it won't happen.

But our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour key (like most Honda keys) goes a long way toward eliminating the unintentional panic attack. See how the panic button is both small and recessed? You want to call in the Honda honking gods? Well, you're going to have to work for it a little, which is just fine by me.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large @ 13,760 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Jumpin'

September 29, 2010


Last night our long-term Crosstour had to rescue freakin' new guy Edmunds Automotive editor Dan Frio when his Jeep's battery let him down after a day of powering the truck's dome light. Fortunately for the FNG, the Honda had plenty of cold-cranking amps to spare.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Not Exactly A Hot Seller

September 27, 2010

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This weekend as I tooled around in the Crosstour, I was struck by the fact that during my time with vehicle, I never, not once, saw another one on the road. It begged the question, "Is anyone buying this thing?" I decided to do a little research to find out.

The super-resourceful Ivan from our crack Edmunds data team was kind enough to provide me with the most current sales numbers. Since its launch late last year, the Crosstour has sold a grand total of 20,861 units. During the same time period, the Toyota Venza -- one of the Crosstour's most direct rivals -- more than doubled that number, with 42,823 units sold.

Back when the Crosstour was launched, Honda mentioned that it expected to move 40,000 units in 2010. Honda's got some serious catching up to do if it hopes to meet even that very modest goal.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 13,035 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: New Market, New Mojo

September 26, 2010


There's a lot of talk these days about how Honda's lost its way. How it doesn't have the swagger and street cred it used to. And, well, that's sort of right. Honda used to be this neat little engine company that happened to know how to put a chassis and wheels around it.

Think about those cool old Hondas: The CRX, Civic Si, Acura Integra Type-R, S2000...you think of that engine first. Heck, how many K20s have been dropped into things that aren't Hondas? Like Ariel Atoms for instance.

Honda can do a sweet, soulful engine with its eyes closed. You think John Mayer has trouble wooing the ladies with a guitar and a few key words? Same thing.

That skill helped Honda get big and and make money, lots of money. Turned out they were darned good at it, and while those sweet motors stuck around to some degree, Honda focused on making cars people want to buy in bulk. And buy they did.

And people said they sold out. And said they lost focus. And said that Honda got bland and didn't care about the guys who got 'em where they were. Said they weren't cool.

And then Honda built the Accord Crosstour: The coolest car in Honda's current lineup.

We're using cool in a different sense here than we would, say, in a Civic Si / Ed Hardy / spiky hair way. We're talking a relaxed cool. An L.L. Bean, comfortable-in-who-you-are cool.

Think the guy you see hiking with his toddler--impeccably dressed but still relaxed-- not the dude with the bald-spot fist-pumping to Ke$ha.

Edmunds.com Editor Ed Hellwig, in his comparison of the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour and the 2009 Toyota Venza, wrote one of the sweetest lines I've read this year (You reading this, boss?), "You don't choose cars like these, you succumb to them. They creep up on you like thin hair and thick ankles." Great line, boss. Seriously, I'm envious..that's genius. I just don't agree. ('cept for that Venza. I can smell the Rogaine and Xenadrine just thinking about it.)

See, there are cars you succumb to-- Odyssey, CR-V, Venza, Sienna, Rav-4, Grand Caravan. You get it.

But then there are cars that carry a different stigma. Cars like the Subaru Outback and Forester, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Flex, etc. They're utilitarian and perfect for the family on the go without the stench of settling burned into the fabric that some other big cars endure.

Think of the guy who drives a Sienna. Now the guy who's got an Outback. See the difference?

It's here that the Accord Crosstour really strikes a chord with me. When you sign on the dotted line, you don't get a car and a kid, and 6,000 Cheerios in the seat cushions, and a suburban cookie-cutter-house with an uptight homeowner's association and a job you don't like. You just get a neat little wagoney-thing with good ground clearance that may-or-may-not haul some kids pretty well. That option is yours and yours alone. It's not a pre-requisite for ownership. The Crosstour can be driven by a 22 year old base-jumper as easily as it can an 82 year old grandma.

More grown up with broader horizons, Honda's ditched the bell-bottom Jnco Jeans for some Columbia khakis with this one. It's not a look everyone's going to love. But when was the last time Subaru had a look anyone loved?

With Saab confused and Subaru falling behind on the engineering front, the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour has this New Englander feeling a little homesick. I'll take quirky, functional and different any day.

( And besides, any time we can get another hatchback/wagon on the road instead of ANOTHER bland three-box sedan...Win! )

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Confused

September 23, 2010

My girl, god love her, isn't always up on the newest cars. That's fine, she doesn't need to be, but her question last night made me laugh.

When I got home, she looked out of the kitchen window and asked if I drove the "Eagle." It took me a second to register, but I realized she was talking about the AMC Eagle. I laughed for a few minutes then gave her a hug. She's kinda right, though. This does look like an Eagle of old.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Beginnings Of Brake Judder

September 22, 2010

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During a moderately firm braking event on last night's carnival of stupidity that is Interstate 405, I detected just the slightest hint of brake judder in our longterm 2010 Honda Crosstour's pedal and the steering wheel. It was very subtle but there it was.

The judder went away after that, but at the next service we ought to have checked the thickness of the Crosstour's front brake pads and its rotors' runout.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 12,950 miles.

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Recall

September 15, 2010


Honda is recalling more than 3,000 Crosstours in the U.S. due to a possible problem with the front passenger airbag.

U.S. Federal Regulation requires that airbag deployment be tested using an unbelted six-year-old-sized child dummy in the front passenger seat. Certain airbag modules installed in a limited numbers of 2010 Honda Accord Crosstours do not meet this requirement.

Of course, in the U.S., many states do not allow children under 6 years old to ride in the front seat of a vehicle, and certainly not unbelted.

The recall starts September 22. We'll let you know if our vehicle is one of the affected.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Split Personality

September 14, 2010


As I was sitting in heavy traffic on the 405 freeway this morning, Dan, a colleague from an automotive PR agency, pulled up alongside me and my Honda Crosstour. Traffic was at an absolute stand-still, so we rolled down the windows and chatted for a minute.

As the owner of a Honda CRV, Dan asked how I liked the Crosstour. I told him that I was a little cool on it at first, but now I liked it just fine. I had gotten over all the smack about the styling, and now I just viewed it as a comfortable sedan with a better view of the road.

Dan said he didn't think he could ever come to terms with the Crosstour's look, especially the rear end.

"It's like two different cars to me," he said. "The normal front and the ugly butt don't go together."

When he put it that way, I immediately thought of a Saturday Night Live skit discussing Kate Gosselin of the dreaded Jon and Kate Plus 8 fame. A "talk show host" was describing Gosselin's hair cut, saying, "It's like the front is going to a job interview, and the back's going to a rock concert."

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: It's Got Pipes

September 13, 2010


I'm not sure what look Honda was going for with these dimpled rocker panels, but I know what it has achieved.

Hit the jump for the reveal.

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: What Does it Say?

September 10, 2010


When you drive a lot of new cars you get a lot this: "New, huh? How do you like it?" My answers tend to vary based on the time available and the person asking. So my question to you this morning is this: What does the Crosstour say about its driver? Because I'm going to have to answer.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Open Thread

September 08, 2010


Besides what happened to the Accord Crosstour Squirrel, what else do you want to know about our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L Navi.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 12,058 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Tab "A" in Slot "B"

September 08, 2010

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I heard an intermittent rattle in the rear of the Crosstour and went in search of a rear seatback that might not be fully seated, or an errant bit of forgotten cargo flotsam, or ...? What I found was both sides of the rear hatch trim had been dislodged from their respective surrounds. Of course, I'm not certain how long these perches have been like this, but the fact that both of them were identically removed suggests some sort of forgotten replacement after an inspection--or an onboard gremlin.

Easy-peasy fix as it was like a snap-together model.

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Definitive Proof

September 08, 2010

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I went looking for the fuel log and found definitive proof of the Crosstour's historical passenger manifest.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 12,056 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Is 13 years long enough?

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:

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 12,055 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Yes, I Dig the Handbrake

September 01, 2010


Call me crazy, but I like the Crosstour's handbrake. And it's not because it gives me the opportunity to easily throw it into some wicked tail slide.

No, I like the handbrake just the sheer convenience of it. Put it in park, pull the brake and you're out. Now I know that sounds slightly ridiculous since pushing a footbrake is not exactly a chore, but I noticed it nonetheless. Maybe it's the new push button parking brakes that make the lever seem so charmingly simplistic, or maybe there's something to yanking a big ol' lever and knowing the car isn't going anywhere. I really can't explain it, but I do prefer it.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com @ 11,732 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Blinded by the White

August 31, 2010


Stopped at a red light this morning, I noticed that every car around me was white, including of course, the Crosstour. In front of me were three white cars, to my right, white, even in my rear-view mirror, a white car.

So, I drove a few more blocks before getting another red light. I looked to my left, four white cars in the gas station.

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Neat

August 20, 2010


For some reason I have a hard time getting gas caps to sit in their little holders. Don't know why. Maybe it's my reluctance to get my hands too dirty. I don't like fiddling around with things. And not every car has them.

But this set-up in the Accord Crosstour makes its easy. It fits perfectly. And keeps everything neat.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Crosstour: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

August 17, 2010


Look at that. Our long-term Honda Crosstour scored front-row parking at this past weekend's Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Not exactly paddock parking, but certainly nice to be in an easily accessible lot and not out on the hill.

SCRAMP (Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Penninsula) puts on the Motorsports Reunion. If you missed the results from Sunday's historic races, you can find them all here.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 10,425 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Happy 10K

August 16, 2010


Our 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour crossed the 10,000-mile mark this weekend, near where the 5 freeway meets CA 46.

My backseat passenger happily snapped a photo of the momentous occasion.

We exited the 5 at the 46 and headed west toward the 101 freeway. About midway along that 60-mile route, there's a "memorial" interchange.

Do you know who it's named for?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 10,000 miles

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2010 Honda Crosstour: Ugly Compliments

August 11, 2010


Rush-hour traffic was ugly last night. Just take a look. PT Cruiser. HHR. I happened to be driving our 2010 Honda Crosstour.

This shot was snapped as the guys in the Chevy finally pulled ahead of me. They had been eyeballing the Crosstour for miles. At one point I even caught the driver craning his neck to see the Honda. When I caught his attention he gave the thumbs up.

Does his gesture still count as a compliment? Or does he lose all credibility based on the car he's driving?

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 9,900 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: I Do Like Driving It

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

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Hot Dog!

July 29, 2010


At the crack of 9:07 a.m. this morning, I met Manager of Vehicle Testing Mike Schmidt at the (semi) local Suzuki dealer in Westminster. Mike was dropping off the Kizashi for regular service and a recall repair, and he needed a ride to the office.

Heading back to the 405 freeway in the Honda Crosstour, we came across this cute little drive-thru hot dog stand, positioned out front of a Ken Crane's electronics store.

Quality Suzuki may have just become our favorite service location.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 9,143 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: I Think I Want One But...

July 28, 2010


Whenever I drive the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour I think I wouldn't mind owning one. I don't think I'd get one in white, possibly black or the Tango Red is nice. But then I think about what else I could get for approximately $36,000 or even less. And the answer is quite a bit.

All kinds of vehicles like the Ford Flex, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti G37, Lexus IS, Mercedes C-Class, Nissan Z, Nissan Maxima, VW CC, a selection of Mazdas and Volvos and the list goes on.

Then I realized if I went used, for even less money I could get a certified pre-owned Acura RL, the 2008 version before it had the beak. That would be sweet.

So, now I'm thinking the Crosstour not so much. I really like it, but there are so many choices out there that it starts to fade in my mind.

What would you buy in that price range? Consider any type of vehicle.

To aid my search I tried the beta version of Edmunds New Car Finder. You can find it at the bottom of this page. It's nifty.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Easily Recognizable

July 27, 2010


I took my daughter and her friend, Halie, out to dinner last night, and when we were finished, Halie's grandmother met us at the restaurant to pick her up.

I had never met Grandma before, and we chatted for a few minutes outside while the girls said goodbye.

"What kind of car is that?," asked Grandma, pointing to the Honda Crosstour parked across the street.

"It's a Honda Crosstour," I told her, "It's pretty new."

Grandma hadn't heard of it, so I went on explaining the Crosstour and how it relates to the Accord.

"Oh, the Accord Crosstour," Grandma said. "My husband told me all about that one. He works for an auto glass supplier, so I usually know about all the new models."

Never judge a book by its crocheted-vest cover.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 8,981 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Separated at Birth?

July 26, 2010


Honda Crosstour Meet Toyota Prius

Who thought the horizontal split back window design was a good idea?

What's your take?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Going Dry Lakes Racing

July 22, 2010


It's the birthplace of hot rodding and it's a 90 minute drive from our Santa Monica office. So a few Saturdays ago I loaded up the kids, fired up our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour and headed for the El Mirage Dry Lake. We even arrived in time to watch some of the land speed racing sanctioned by the legendary Southern California Timing Association or SCTA.

People have been going fast on El Mirage for more than 50 years. No, we didn't race the Crosstour, but we did marvel at its comfort levels, its roominess and its easily manipulated navigation system. Ultimately we spend the entire day inside the Honda (driving, sitting in traffic, watching the racing, etc.) and we returned home with no complaints. You know, the more I use the Crosstour, the more I'm sold on it.

Fun day.

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2010 Honda Crosstour: The Prius Rear Window

July 19, 2010

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Our long-term 2010 Honda Crosstour's bulbous and tall rear-deck hatchback styling creates a rear window that is short in height if it were projected on a vertical plane.

We've driven a BMW X6 with a similar styling setup and looking out the rear-window on that thing gives the impression of one of those gun ports on an armored car -- it's a slit.

Honda rectifies this with a Prius-like lower rear window (although Dan Edmunds says the Crosstour's grandmama the CRX had it first).

It greatly improves rear visibility and doesn't make you rely on the optional back-up camera.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 8,600 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: All-Star Game MVP

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

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Gas Cap Holder Done Right

July 13, 2010


Too often we find ourselves discussing gas cap holders around the Edmunds/Edmunds.com offices. You know, which cars have good gas cap holders and which cars do not. Yes, our staff needs to get out of the office a little more often.

Heck, we've even blogged on the subject more than once. And yet the conversation continues.

Here's the latest: Our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour does gas cap holding right. Honda's system is simple and effective.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 8,107 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Gas Door Gap Not Good

July 12, 2010


Yesterday I noticed that the gap around the Crosstour's gas door isn't exactly uniform. Truth is, it isn't even close. Okay, I'm nitpicking. But our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour is a $37,000 vehicle, so... Not to mention, that this is just the kind of thing that GM, Ford and Chrysler get beat up on constantly, so why should Honda get a pass?

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 8,016 miles

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2010 Honda Crosstour: ACE Body Structure & Pedestrian Injury

May 27, 2010

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Our long-term 2010 Honda Crosstour's unibody design has what they have trademarked as ACE body structure (Advanced Compatibility Engineering). Like many modern unibody structures, the Crosstour's is designed to reduce forces transferred through the passenger compartment. This is accomplished via CAD modeling, FEA (finite element analysis), and physical destructive testing.

Honda says that their ACE structure differs from others in that it "channels frontal crash energy to both upper and lower structural elements, including the floor frame rails, side sills, and A-pillars." These paths distribute the frontal impact forces through a greater percentage of the vehicle's structure, and away from the passenger compartment, limiting cabin deformation.

Also, Honda is big on reducing vehicle/pedestrian injuries, and includes these features to increase pedestrian survival in the event of vehicle contact:

  • Hood is designed to deform if contact is made with either an adult or a child pedestrian
  • Sufficient clearance exists between the hood and hard engine parts
  • Windshield base has a unique section structure for efficient impact energy absorption
  • Energy-absorbing fender mounts and supports
  • Deformable windshield wiper pivots
  • Deformable hood hinge

My friend who works in Honda's vehicle safety regulations department said there's a great number of pedestrian deaths that occur in emerging nations (dirt roads) and these technologies mitigate that.

But is this the best solution? Perhaps the funds would be better spent on traffic control devices such as stop signs and trafffic signals (where there are none), and marked crosswalks.

Of course this costs big money, so the burden is shifted to carmakers yet again.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 6,250 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Revelations

May 25, 2010


I've had a revelation. I like the Honda Accord Crosstour. I was annoyed by the Eco light. I've complained about it not being sporty enough. I wanted a better audio display. I made it the butt of the caption contest several times.

Then I found myself defending it to you. "It's not that ugly," I said. "Here are the things I like," I said.

Then last night I realized, when the car board comes around to me, I choose the Crosstour. Over and over. It has satellite radio with really good sound. It's comfortable. It handles well. It's adult. It's a nice ride. It's a good car.

I used to hog the Nissan GT-R when it was here. I wanted to marry the Audi R8.

OMG, I like the Crosstour.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Crosstour: Another Mileage Milestone

May 24, 2010


Our 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour 4x4 achieved another significant mileage milestone this weekend. The location was less than photogenic, so the above odo shot is all you get.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 6.022 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: You Callin' Me Ugly?

May 19, 2010


Boy, there sure has been a bunch of Crosstour bashing, mostly to do with its less-than-svelte exterior design. Oh yeah? Well look what else I saw on my drive home: One garage-built roadster and one shop-built cruiser. The third shot is unrelated and shows the growing popularity of KDM-sourced winged badges for the Hyundai Genesis; Coupe in this case, but I've seen them on the Sedans as well. I think it's an improvement Hyundai should offer at the dealer. Don't you?

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Covering Miles

May 14, 2010

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At some point over the past week our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour blazed through he 5,000 mile mark. Problems to report? None. Nothing. Not even so much as a loose piece of trim.

Lets hope the next 5,000 miles are as problem free.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Video Walkaround

May 10, 2010

I know you all think the Crosstour is ugly. But I don't think it looks that bad. So, here is a video walkaround. It looks better in video than in still pictures.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 5,385 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Suspension Walkaround

May 07, 2010


This time it's our 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour's turn to have its wheels removed so we can take a peek at its underpinnings.

I've commuted in this car, and I've taken it on a long trip to Prescott, Arizona and back. So far I've been left with the impression that this car is tuned more to my liking than the 2008 Accord sedan we once had in our long-term fleet. The Crosstour has very good straight stability on the open road, and the rear suspension is much better settled over bumps and in corners.

Let's see what's going on.

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Better in Black

May 04, 2010


Looks nicer in black, don't you agree?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: "Hot"?

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Missed Opportunity

April 29, 2010

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The younger kid even described it as being "hot." "Hot"? Really? I was kinda shocked. I could see soccer dads and housewives salivating over the Accord Crosstour for being a pleasant solution to their suburban needs, but kids seemed way beyond its demographic. And I'd certainly never considered the car in that light -- for me, the words "Accord" and "hot" are pretty much mutually exclusive.

It's possible that the little ankle-biters were both just hopped up on Twinkies and didn't know what they were saying. Kids these days. Or maybe beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 4,982 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: I Miss the Raciness

April 22, 2010


When I was driving the Crosstour last night, every time I eased up a little on the throttle, the Eco light came on. And it made me think about how Honda has changed. They used to be racy, sporty, feisty, scrappy. They used to be involved in motorsports. Now, they are more concerned with fuel economy. I know it's important to take care of the environment. But sometimes, you have to take care of your soul.

My personal car is a ten-year-old Integra. I still enjoy driving it. In my opinion, it has the greatest suspension ever made. In southern California, you still see old Civics, Preludes, Integras all over the place. People love them. They can't give them up. You can't buy anything like them from Honda anymore. OK, there is the Civic Si but even that is not the same.

What is this Crosstour thing? It's like it was put together by committee. Sport it up, Honda. Make it desirable.

Happy Earth Day.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 4,701 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Hard to (Fuel) Gauge

April 19, 2010

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I want to like our long-term Honda Accord Crosstour, and if I'm driving it around in a casual manner I usually do. The premium interior, comfortable ride and stand-issue Honda steering feel are appreciated.

But I'm not a fan of the fuel gauge. It's also very Honda-like, and in this case I'd like it to give me a bit more information. Having an "F" and "E" split by one larger hash mark doesn't do it for me. I don't need to measure my fuel level by 32nds, but I'd like to at least have clear 1/4 marks. I got in it the other day and was trying to decide if it was at 1/4 tank or not. Couldn't really tell.

It looked about halfway between the half-tank hash and the "E" -- but with no other visual cues in the gauge it was impossible to know for sure. Why should 1/4 tank information be so important? Because the rule around the Edmunds offices is you don't park a car with less than 1/4 tank of fuel. I'm looking at the gauge and thinking, "Well, I could decide it's got at least 1/4 tank, but the next driver might decide otherwise and there will be no easy way to prove who is right."

The other item I noticed on my recent Crosstour tour was how the transmission really doesn't want to downshift. You floor it (to pass someone, for instance) and the transmission drops one gear relatively quickly. Then it hangs there for another second, as if asking, "Do you really want full power, or is the throttle floored because of a muscle spasm in your leg?" After that additional second of mashed throttle it finally gives you the full downshift and rockets ahead.

This transmission behavior is yet another sign of a carmaker trying to game the EPA test cycle for an extra MPG or two in fuel-efficiency rating. And whether we're taking Ford Edge, Chevrolet Traverse or Honda Crosstour I hate this kind of transmission programming because you actually end up using more fuel in the real world (because you have to constantly floor it to get the lower gears you need, even when part-throttle acceleration would otherwise suffice).

I expect better of you Honda.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 4,163 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: No Manual Shifting

April 16, 2010


All I want to know is why doesn't Honda offer a manually shiftable automatic like everyone else? Even the Toyota Venza lets you row the gears yourself should you choose.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Snakeskin Rocker

April 09, 2010

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There -- on the lower part of door -- do you see it? Our long-term 2010 Honda Crosstour EX-L has unusual dimple-like surfacing on the body panel rockers.

When the Honda guys dropped the car off I asked them about it. I had thought that perhaps it was to break up the aerodynamic boundary layer, so that the rockers would be kept clean. Or something else that was functional.

Not even close. It was done for styling, of course. The Honda guy said it differentiates the Crosstour from the Accord sedan and gives it a "sportier" look.


Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 4,000 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Nice Meters

April 06, 2010

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Our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour has very nice meters. They have a clean design and are exceptionally easy to read. But what sets them apart are the blue indicators. At night, when the cluster is lit, they almost appear to float. Very nice indeed.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 3,955 miles

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Our Favorite Caption

April 02, 2010


Thanks to saxdogg for this week's favorite caption.

Hear are the others that maid us chortle:

Worst advertising campaign ever! (ergsum)
Your not kidding! (zoomzoomn)
It is our Crosstour to bare. (ergsum)
Oh well; at least it's more comfy than a handbasket (mrryte)
Your beyond styling, too. (technetium99)
I said "Death Valley" not the "Valley of Death"!!!!!!( mrryte)
Yeah, but it has a good personality... (05mazda6hatch)
The sign painters just got back from Weed. (technetium99)
The Crosstour stopped for a spell. (ergsum)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (e90_m3)
Two mistaken contractions (m3shmem3)
The road to spell is paved with bad contractions. (ergsum)
Your beyond taste, to. (wshuff)
Carmageddon (ergsum)
I can haz crossburger? (themiddleroad)
Aztek was here (bluepunk82)
No Kaption Kneeded (bluepunk82)

What was you're favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Spare Tire Location

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.

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: You Write the Caption

April 02, 2010


Vehicle Testing Director Dan Edmunds sent me this photo of our new Honda long-term vehicle parked at the edge of doom.

We suggest: The New Honda Crosstou're

Ah, yes, you can never go wrong with a little copy editing humor.

What's your caption?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Practical But Homely

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

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: People Seem to Notice It

March 26, 2010


I've been keeping an eye out for other motorists and their reactions, if any, to our new Honda Accord Crosstour. Judging by how many looks it's gotten from other drivers or their passengers, it does seem to garner more than its fair share of attention. Other Accord sedan drivers, in particular, seem to notice it. Of course, what they're thinking is up for debate.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Our Favorite Caption

March 05, 2010


Thanks to mrryte for this week's favorite caption.

Here are the others that got us, babe:

Does this sign make my butt look big? (spin2win)
Sonny and Err (ergsum)
Both did poorly in the slalom! (ergsum)
Crossed Over meets Crossover (ergsum)
The Road and The Ride...Pro Bono. (rick8365)
Chastity wagon! (wshuff)
Honey, the Nav says to stay on this road for 7.1 miles, make a turn onto Shields & Yarnell Way, then to Captain and Tenille Avenue. (technetium99)
What do you call Sonny, Cher, and Mimi Rogers in a Crosstour? Loveboat (e90_m3)
The Beast goes on. (05mazda6hatch)
Beware of trees and tree huggers ahead. (hybris)
You came in that? You're braver than I thought. (technetium99)
Half Breed (adamb1)

What was your favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: You Write the Caption

March 05, 2010


Vehicle Testing Director Dan Edmunds send me this photo of our new Honda Accord Crosstour taking its first road trip.

We suggest: If I Could Turn Back Time

What is your caption?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Taking The Long Way Home

March 04, 2010


My short dash to Arizona is history. Our 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour is back its assigned spot in our underground garage. Better still, the Crosstour now has enough break-in miles for its initial track test next week.

Gas station to gas station, the trip from my Orange County home to Prescott, Arizona was 343.7 miles long. The return trip was somewhat longer because I first made a detour south to Glendale, Arizona before pointing the Honda west, towards home.

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