2010 Honda Accord CrossTour 4WD review

Honda’s Crosstour’s a solid if unspectacular ride

Hey, Honda! “Hatchback” isn’t spelled “C-R-O-S-S-O-V-E-R.”

Base price:  $36,220

with dest/handling:  $36,930
Starts at $26, 970

Honda suits have probably been hi-fiving each other around the office in the wake of Toyota’s recent safety and recall woes in the hopes that their 2010 crop of rides, including the Accord Crosstour,  will eventually, and at last, overtake the great T in sales in the USA.   But not so fast, Honda.  The ultra-mod 4-door Crosstour is a comfortable, reasonably speedy new addition to your fleet, but you’ve still got a bit of tweaking ahead of you. A week’s recent test proved a sturdy, reliable if occasionally frustrating experience.

The Crosstour’s exterior is its best side, with a spacepod demeanor, pointy nose, speedy-looking horizontal divots underneath the doors on each side and ultra-cool black privacy glass. It’s substantial-looking, especially for a hatchback, and I wouldn’t hesitate to pile the family in for a long road trip.  4-wheel drive, available on the EXL models, means little chance of getting snow-stranded, too.

The Crosstour's seats are ultra-plush; great for long trips

Inside, it’s a little more bland.  The dash is a “so-what?” arrangement, with generic-looking controls indistinguishable from any modern automaker’s, cheap-looking faux-wood trim on doors and dash and an overall waft of afterthought. Move away from the dash, however, and you find some inspired accoutrements like the plastic removable bin hidden under the  trunk floor, into which you can toss your sandy towels and sneakers during summer and rinse when it gets funky. The seats are ultra-plush, too.

The biggest gripe I had was with visibility when passing, or shall I say lack of visibility. The C pillar blocks a quick look over the right shoulder and I never got used to trying to see around it, and the rear seat headrests block a clear view even when the backseat is empty.  My other, pettier beef was with the car’s automatic shift, whose gears aren’t extremely well-defined. When quickly shifting from reverse to DRIVE and back without looking, a must when attempting tight parking on Manhattan streets, I kept having to look down to see what gear I was in rather than instinctively feeling it as one can do in other rides over time.  It never got easier even after a week’s test.

Assorted trim levels/options are available but there aren’t as many as you might expect in a vehicle upwards of 35,000 clams (fully loaded.)  There are the usual power front seats, an auxiliary audio input, dual-zone climate controls and more on base models, and a USB outlet, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a good nav system and heated seats as options.

Towels, sandwiches, contraband---all easily stored in the Crosstour's removable plastic bin.

The Crosstour is inoffensive, it is a good, decent ride and, for fans of the brand, it’s a welcome choice when contemplating a new car. For some people, that’s enough. For me, the Crosstour quickly became another test car in a sea of machines, indistinguishable from dozens of other models on the market.

Vehicle Type: midsize sport-utility vehicle
Type: FWD or optional AWD
Engine type: 2.7-liter 4-cylinder, 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 190 (4-cylinder), 275 (V6)
Torque: 162 lb-ft (4-cylinder), 260 (V6)
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 109.0 inches
Length: 190.5 inches
Width: 74.5 inches
Height: 57.5 inches
Base curb weight: 3,650 pounds