The Crosstour has been tuned for a narrow new market, one that's always been within a tantalizing finger's reach of the Accord sedan-empty-nesters. Hence the softening, the V-6-only availability, the absence of a base trim level. Our question is whether the Crosstour's added utility might actually be more attractive to full-nesters, but, hey, Honda owns the market research data, not us. What we are sure of is this is one delightful car to drive, as well as a lot more useful than the Accord sedan. Oh, and also that early images of a complicated-looking "empty-nest"-bound vehicle on Facebook may not be a good idea.

Prior to attending the Crosstour's introduction, we asked our online audience to submit some questions for me to ask Honda on your behalf. (Subliminal message: Get involved with; you never know when you might be quoted.)

Thewiione: What does Honda expect the take rate for the Crosstour to be versus the standard sedan? About 10 percent. Honda expects the Crosstour's first-year sales to reach about 40,000 compared with the sedan's approximately 400,000.

Deerefan87: Is this Honda's direct response to the class-wayfaring Toyota Venza? Not at all. Its product planning far predates the Venza's appearance. Their similarity simply shows that both companies are looking closely at the same market and finding similar opportunities.

Will it appear in Motor Trend's Car of the Year or SUV of the Year competitions? The EPA classifies it as a passenger car while NHTSA regards it as a light-duty truck. The EPA's decision was triggered by two little aero flaps ahead of the front wheels, which are six inches above the ground; the rest of the vehicle is 8.1 inches, enough to make it a light truck. (Fortunately, Motor Trend has several months to mull this one over!)

21budd: Sales data demonstrates that, while fewer customers buy wagons, when they do they seldom get a sedan again (one reason for Subaru's customer loyalty). Wouldn't this car have a bigger market as a sedan? No. (But late-breaking news has it that the Accord Touring, available elsewhere, will be coming to our shores as the Acura TSX Sport Wagon. Hot diggity.)

K-omar: Will it come to Puerto Rico? Probably. (And, yes, that's the first time I've asked that question at a press introduction).

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Base price range $30,380-$36,930
Price as tested $35,480 (EX-L with Navi, FWD)
Vehicle layout Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback
Engine 3.5L/271-hp/254-lb-ft SOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Curb weight (dist f/r) 3859 lb (59/41%)
Wheelbase 110.1 in
Length x width x height 196.8 x 74.7 x (est) 61.7 in
0-60 mph 7.3 sec
Quarter mile 15.6 sec @ 91.1 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph 131 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.77 g (avg)
MT figure eight 28.4 sec @ 0.55 g (avg)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 17-18/25-27 mpg
CO2 emissions 0.92-0.98 lb/mile
On sale in U.S. Currently