2010 Honda Accord Crosstour 2WD EX-L NAV
Engine: 3.5 liter V6 (271 HP/254 TQ)
Drivetrain Layout: Front engine/Front-wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Seating Capacity: 5 Passengers
EPA Fuel Economy: 18 city/27 highway
Base MSRP $34,770 + $710 destination
Recommended Options: None
Honda hasn’t offered an Accord wagon since 1997, although this Crosstour isn’t exactly what most would call a wagon, per se. It is, however, another entry into the crowded and competitive crossover segment. Available in either front- or all-wheel drive, and with one engine and transmission choice, the Crosstour is basically an Accord V6 for people who want more space, available all-wheel drive, and a bit more of an active-lifestyle appearance. No one will be mistaking the Crosstour for a standard Accord, and its looks are love-it or leave-it.
Exterior (Andy – 2, Tae – 1)
Andy – I’ll just say it: I can’t stand the looks of this vehicle. I want to be able to like it for what it is, but I just can’t. It’s masculine front end with a muscular grille seems to be contradicted by its feminine, sloping rear. It sits up high off the ground for added ground clearance, but this adds to the car’s awkward appearance. It just does not gel for me, no matter how many times I see it. To be fair, I had a couple of people come up to me and say they liked the look, and asked me what kind of car it was. If I could go directly from the house, and simply end up inside the Crosstour without looking at its exterior, that’d be great.
Tae – Sorry Andy, I’m gonna do one better (or worse?) than you… In some angles it reminds you of a pouty lipped Donald Duck, and it sort of looks like a reincarnated 1980 AMC Eagle. Whatever it is, it is not pretty. Also from judging from the early adopters of these oddbirds, the 1980 AMC Eagle analogy might be right. Most people who’ve purchased these, at least in the SF Bay Area, are older ladies who might have owned those AMC Eagles back in the day.
Interior (Andy – 6, Tae – 6)
Andy – The EX-L (with navigation) has an attractive, high-quality leather interior with plenty of room for two up front, and three in the back. Parts of the interior appear similar to the Acura TSX (especially the dashboard), but the Crosstour has more room, especially in the back seat. The car’s front seats are firm and large, but comfortable and supportive. The leather-wrapped steering wheel feels fairly large in diameter, but fits well in the hands, and has a veritable plethora of buttons (I believe about 17, if I remember correctly) to control Bluetooth, audio, and cruise controls.
The big story inside is found behind the rear seats. Open up the rear hatch, and the cargo area appears cavernous. Plus, there are two silver handles that fold down the rear seats for an amazing amount of room for gear. Unfortunately, due to the car’s shape, capacity is limited to not-so-tall items. On a trip to Lowe’s to return 100 ft. of garden hose (which we placed in a square plastic tub so as not to drip water on the upholstery), there was clearance issues with the rear hatch. Let’s put it this way: You can carry a lot of stuff in a horizontal fashion. But tall items could prove difficult. Under the cargo area is a convenient storage area in the center, and it can be removed, too. Great for tailgating at sporting event, I’m sure. There are two smaller compartments to the left and right, as well.
Another downer: Visibility out of the Crosstour is poor. It’s rear hatch creates a strange outward view, which is bisected by a crossmember on the trunk. It’s just hard to see out of, which is not confidence inspiring. Good thing my model had the rear backup camera.
Tae – The interior of the Crosstour is just like the Accord, Acura TSX, and Acura TL, except that some materials are decidedly cheaper. The typical Honda/Acura button porn is present. The cheap, fake simulated wood grain and painted plastic are all there. However, the fit-and-finish is still ‘Honda’ excellent! As far as passenger space is concerned, the front seats are comfortable – if not too flat. The backseats have ample room and leg space, but I’ll echo Andy’s take… the cargo space is limited due to the shape of the hatch area.
Drivetrain (Andy – 7, Tae – 7)
Andy – The 3.5 liter V6 is a smooth operator, as typical for Honda V6 engines, and is mated to a responsive five-speed automatic. Unlike some other vehicles in the segment, such as the Subaru Outback, there is no manual shifting capability, though. My review sample was the front-drive variant, but the Crosstour is available in all-wheel drive to do battle against the previously mentioned Outback. Like the Outback, the Crosstour does appear to have some added ground clearance, and wears some meaty 18” wheels and tires. No qualms here.
Tae – No major complaints here, good power and smooth transmission.
Performance (Andy – 7, Tae – 6.5)
Andy – As expected, the 271 hp V6 has more-than-adequate power. Merging and passing are effortless endeavors; mid-range acceleration is noteworthy. All in all, the Crosstour is pretty quick, especially from a rolling start.
Handling is tuned to ride quality than handling. Although, the car does remain planted in the curves, albeit, with substantial body lean. The car feels heavy, and does weigh on the near side of 4,000 lbs. Not so great for cornering, but the car feels like a tank on the highway; it definitely has a substantial feel. The Crosstour is rated at an estimated 18 city and 27 highway for fuel economy, and I got 18 MPG in 90% city driving.
Tae – Straightline performance is good, nothing spectacular, handling is on par with its competitors – Toyota Venza and Nissan Murano.
Ride Quality (Andy – 8, Tae – 6.5)
Andy – This is a family cruiser, and it does this well. Ride quality is good, all but the largest bumps are easily soaked up by the fully independent suspension. The car is quiet and very comfortable.
Tae – One might think that wearing the 18″ rubbers instead of the 20-21″ ones found in its competitors (Venza and Murano), that the Crosstour would be quieter and more supple, in this case that would be a ‘no’. The Toyota Venza is a bit more composed and quieter, and the Nissan Murano is slightly more engaging to drive. But, all in all, the Crosstour is above average in this crossover segment.
Technology (Andy – 5, Tae – 6)
Andy – The Crosstour EX-L NAV has a lot of tech features. Problem is, they’re not user friendly. You get navigation; a fantastic seven-speaker, 360-watt AM/FM/6-disc/MP3 stereo; Bluetooth with HandsFreeLink; USB/auxiliary jacks; automatic dual-zone climate control; mirrors that automatically tilt down when you put the car in reverse; and a great back-up camera. However, you need a class on how to work it all. I counted 33 buttons on the dashboard—not exactly intuitive, especially while driving. A few times, all I wanted to do was turn up the heater, but attempting to do so ended up being a lesson in distracted driving. Also, I could not pair my phone with the Bluetooth, and I finally just gave up. Add to this the 17 or so buttons on the steering wheel, and you’ve got a mass of technology that requires an engineering degree to figure out. Without ranting too much, the large display screen is highly visible, and is all controlled via a center knob, just like the Acura TSX. I have mixed feelings about this control. Frankly, the whole thing was a bit frustrating.
The good news is all of the safety technology is there: ABS, traction/stability control, all the airbags you’ll want, etc. Luckily, you don’t have to learn to use those.
Tae – I wasn’t as flustered with the operations as Andy, but definitely ‘user friendly’ is not the ‘word of the day’, here. There’s a dedicated button for every feature/function of vehicle, it seems. Also, getting through the menu in the nav screen is a bit of a chore without the touchscreen, and some of you might already know how I feel on the voice command systems in current crop of cars – too big of a learning curve and too slow.
Value (Andy – 5, Tae – 5)
Andy – Your hard-earned $35,480 can nab you a ’10 Crosstour with leather, tons of technology, a somewhat usable cargo area, and front wheel drive. Want all-wheel drive? That’ll cost about $2,000 more in the same trim level. Yes, you do get a gusty V-6 and a good ride. Plus, the build quality is excellent. However, you can get a similarly equipped six-cylinder Subaru Outback Limited (with all-wheel drive) for about $5,500 less than a front-drive Crosstour.
Tae – As expensive as the Crosstour is, when you compare it to the two closest competitors (Venza and Murano) you’ll save about $1,800-2,500. But you’d be losing Venza’s comfort and Murano’s spirited nature, not to mention cargo space and most of all… STYLE!!!
Overall (Andy – 4, Tae – 3.5)
Andy – The Honda Accord Crosstour FWD is essentially Honda’s family wagon. You can get the kids in in, you can haul some cargo, and like the Family Truckster from “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” it looks a bit goofy. However, if you have to have a wagon-like vehicle from Honda and don’t want to drive an Odyssey mini-van, then the Crosstour might fit the bill. Keep in mind Acura is releasing a TSX wagon, too. Albeit, it will probably cost more, but it looks a lot more attractive to me. Let’s put it this way: Before I’d plunk down $35K for a Crosstour, I’d Cross-Shop the competition.
Tae – Although the content value is not bad, the poor practicality of the vehicle and the “WTF!” exterior design makes for a vehicle that is very puzzling. Honda is trying to market this vehicle as a trendy, hip alternative to crossover utility vehicles, and they’ve missed the mark – by a mile. From uglifying the Accord and the entire Acura lineup, killing off the NSX project, to hyping the two seater CR-Z hybrid sports car that goes 0-60 in 8 seconds and gets mid 30MPGs, I think Honda is slowly losing grip on reality.