Conventional four-door sedans are just that: conventional. They tend to lack the spaciousness and real-world capability today’s drivers demand. Additionally, the modern crossover often lacks the nimble, enjoyable ride characteristics sedans so readily deliver. Somewhere in between the sedan and the crossover lies the 2010 Accord Crosstour, the groundbreaking new entry from Honda that may be the company’s most versatile vehicle ever.
Outside, Honda’s new Crosstour is something of a curiosity. It’s too large and cargo-accommodating to be classified as a family sedan, yet too small and quick to qualify as a crossover. And under no circumstances should it be mentioned in the same sentence as a wagon. Instead, Honda’s entry fills a void the industry seemingly never realized it had, and brings dynamic versatility well into the next decade.
Outside, as its name infers, the 2010 Accord Crosstour borrows much from Honda’s immensely popular and highly decorated Accord sedan. In fact, roughly the first two-thirds of the vehicle’s exterior mirror that of its celebrated sibling. In EX or EX-L trims, the Crosstour’s clean, simple lines and modern, sophisticated styling embrace new-age, contemporary design ideas while simultaneously nodding to a sense of classic elegance.
Honda spearheads its latest effort with a powerful, imposing face. A modern, angular nose houses a chrome-splintered grille with aggressive, wraparound, projector-beam halogen headlamps and foglamps. Sitting confidently on available 18-inch alloys, the Crosstour’s lines are sleek and fluid. A deep character line slices through the doors while dimpled lower paneling adds unique texture to the vehicle’s sides. Where the Accord’s roofline would typically dive toward a rear window and trunk, the Crosstour’s continues, creating a cavernous rear cargo area with easy-lifting tailgate. Angular sidelights and a slim center brakelight mounted high on the tailgate give Honda’s latest exceptional style and sporty appeal.
Like the Accord, the Crosstour comes amply equipped with an impressively engineered 3.5-liter V6 engine. A standard five-speed automatic transmission and electronic Drive-by-Wire™ throttle control take excellent advantage of Honda’s legendary i-VTEC engine to ensure smooth gear transitions, impressive acceleration and instant delivery of up to 271 hp. Honda’s ingenious Variable Cylinder Management™ technology allows the Crosstour to operate on three, four or all six engine cylinders depending on need, curbing emissions and conserving fuel (up to 27 mpg).
The new Honda harnesses that power through an advanced double-wishbone front and independent multi-link rear suspension setup, which allows for aggressive, rewarding handling through tight turns and smooth, enjoyable ride comfort on long straights. An available Real Time™ 4-Wheel Drive system provides immediate all-season traction when slippery conditions call for it, and efficient 2WD performance everywhere else, providing the confidence of a large crossover without sacrificing sedan agility and fun.
Inside, Honda’s five-passenger introduction is remarkably spacious and impeccably designed. Active sound mitigation, intelligent climate control and meticulous craftsmanship create a cabin that’s exceptionally quiet, comfortable and stylish. Elevated seats coated in available heated leather ensure a commanding view of the road, as well as a comfortable position in front of the Crosstour’s well designed, beautifully appointed dash. The vehicle’s versatile rear cargo area houses nearly 26 cubic feet of useable space, and expands to over 51 with rear seats folded flat.
Crosstour’s 360-watt audio system with available premium speakers features standard MP3 and WMA playback, as well as available USB and XM Satellite Radio connectivity. Atop the center stack of equipped EX-L models, Honda’s optional Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ features voice-recognition, a massive database of destinations and an integrated rear camera. Bluetooth communication and Honda’s HomeLink universal remote system are also available.
As always, Honda’s emphasis on safety is unmistakable. In addition to standard antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, the Crosstour features the slippage-reducing handling prowess of a standard Vehicle Stability Assist system with integrated traction control. Daytime running lights, three-point safety belts, a reinforced body structure and a multitude of airbags highlight an impressive list of standard safety features found in Honda’s latest.
Big on versatility, big on performance, big on value. Honda’s groundbreaking new entry may not have a classification, but it sure has a lot to love. The 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour features a starting MSRP of $29,670.