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
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
October 13, 2010
In my real life I drive a ten-year-old Acura Integra. It's getting on in years now, but when I first got it, I loved to drive it on curvy roads. It felt so secure going bend to bend at higher speeds. Driving the canyon roads between Beverly Hills and the Valley was exhilarating.
Then I went back East for a visit to my family. My sister has a base Honda Accord that is about the same age as my Integra. And I mean really base with roll-up windows and stuff. Her car feels so floaty going around corners. It wasn't built for action to be fair.
But this newer generation of Accord feels much better to me. I have some curves that I look forward to on my commute home. The Accord Crosstour handles them well. It's not super tight but not all soft and squishy either. I recently drove the new base Honda Accord and it felt the same way. The front double wishbone and rear multilink suspension are a big improvement over previous generations.
I know you all think the Crosstour is an ugly duckling but it is nice to drive.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ just past 14,000 miles
September 21, 2010
Our long-term 2010 Honda Crosstour 4wd EX-L Navi has a 271 hp 3.5L SOHC 24-valve i-VTEC V6 engine as standard, as do all Crosstours. That's because the Crosstour doesn't offer an I4 engine like her Accord sedan sister.
I have been driving a I4 Accord sedan around for a few days, and while it's suitable for most people with its adequate 177 hp and great 23/34 mpg, it doesn't excite and feels a bit rental car-ish -- just like most I4 midsize sedans.
Not so with our Crosstour. It has a good chassis, with a suspension that feels tighter to me than the I4 Accord, great steering, and ample power mated to a flexible 5-speed auto.
There's nothing rental car about our Crosstour. I prefer driving it over most of its crossover competition.
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 12,900 miles
August 30, 2010
I've looked at our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour from every possible angle, and well, I need to stop looking for flattering angles on this vehicle. But once I'm inside the thing, I couldn't care less about how it looks. As Donna and Brent have written, the Crosstour is pretty well sorted out for making runs up and down the freeway.
It's big in the way that our long-term 2008 Accord sedan was big, yet it doesn't feel as big as it is. The steering is nicely weighted and plenty accurate around neighborhood corners and freeway entrance ramps. Parallel-parking is a breeze. Further, the Crosstour doesn't have that much body roll, and it feels buttoned down on the freeway, while delivering a softer ride quality than any vehicle that has ever worn the Accord badge.
If this is what life in a family vehicle is going to be like, I'm OK with the Accord Crosstour.
Yet, I know in my heart I wouldn't end up with an Accord Crosstour, even though I like it. If I only needed seating for five, I'd get the cheaper, more fuel-efficient Honda CR-V, which is almost as comfortable and offers a lot more cargo space. If I'm going to drive around in something as large as a Crosstour, I feel like I might as well make the leap to the Odyssey -- and get a third row and 2-3 times as much cargo space.
So there it is, I like driving the Accord Crosstour, but I can't make a case for it.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 11,629 miles
August 23, 2010
At just over two tons, the Accord Crosstour is no lightweight. Thankfully, Honda saw fit to install its healthy 3.5-liter V6 as standard equipment. With 271-horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, it makes the Crosstour feel sufficiently motivated for average driving duties.
I was all over town this weekend. In the city, on the highway, in traffic, on wide open roads. Can't say that I ever really thought the Crosstour felt underpowered or sluggish. Now, keep in mind, my expectations were low. I was expecting something quite lethargic, but the Honda felt reasonably chipper when I laid into the gas. Quiet too.
Sounds a bit like faint praise, but this is about as family oriented as cars get these days. Can't imagine a customer feeling disappointed with its powerplant, although they might not appreciate the mileage. It's averaging about 20mpg so far.
Oh, and check out that strut tower brace. Sporty.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com
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 30, 2010
I took our Accord Crosstour home last night after spending the past couple weeks driving our Hyundai Sonata. It was an interesting switch from a steering feel perspective. The more I drove the Sonata the more I got annoyed at its over-boosted and numb steering. It's perhaps the aspect I dislike most about the car, actually.
The Crosstour's rack is hardly a paradigm of precision, but in contrast it does feel more natural than the Sonata's, with less boost at low speeds and a bit more feel as to what the front wheels are actually doing. Though it might seem like a petty issue, I'd argue that steering feel does indeed make a difference from an ownership standpoint, even with cars as workaday as the Sonata and the Crosstour.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
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.
April 22, 2010
Quick. Avert your eyes. Don't look directly at it. Just follow the jump to see the performance data (0-60, quarter mile, braking, slalom, you know) for everyone's favorite wagoney-thing, the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour!
Vehicle: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Driver: Josh Jacquot
Drive Type: All-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Five-speed automatic
Engine Type: V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 3,471 / 212
Redline (rpm): 6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 271 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 254 @ 5,000
Brake Type (front): 11.7-inch ventilated front disc with 2-piston sliding caliper
Brake Type (rear): 12.0-inch solid rear disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Steering System: Hydraulic-assist, power rack-and-pinion
Suspension Type (front): Independent, double-wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Independent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Tire Size (front): P225/60R18 H
Tire Size (rear): P225/60R18 H
Tire Brand: Michelin
Tire Model: Lattitude Tour HP
Tire Type: All season
Wheel Size: 18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel Material (front/rear): Cast Aluminum
As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 4,035
0 - 30 (sec): 3.3
0 - 45 (sec): 5.2
0 - 60 (sec): 8.0
0 - 75 (sec): 11.5
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 15.9 @ 89.3
0 - 60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 7.6
30 - 0 (ft): 33
60 - 0 (ft): 135
Braking Rating: Average
Slalom (mph): 59.4
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.78
Handling Rating: Average
Db @ Idle: 43.3
Db @ Full Throttle: 72.9
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 65.8
Acceleration Comments: Best run with traction control on. No wheelspin. Hates brake torque. Only gets slower.
Braking Comments: Typical Honda brake performance. Best run is 1st run. Degradation of distance and pedal feel after that.
Skidpad: Stubborn, howling understeer with VDC off. With VDC on, brakes can minimize understeer effectively. Slalom: Remarkable balance for what would appear to be a tail-heavy vehicle. Some oversteer is possible, but best runs were 'less-is-more." With ESP on, the system tidys up the line so well that it went quicker.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant
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
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 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