Long Term Update 5: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

A great vehicle, practically speaking

Allyson HarwoodJun 15, 2011
Whatever your opinion on the Accord Crosstour's styling, you have to agree it's practical. As copy editor Zach Gale explains, "Not everyone who needs all-wheel drive wants a CR-V. When you're looking for a Honda with cargo space and AWD, the Crosstour serves its niche nicely. I found the Crosstour to be a comfortable highway cruiser." But there are some tradeoffs, as he continues: "The steering could use more feel, but that could be easily changed in an upcoming refresh. Unfortunately, the Crosstour's gigantic blind spots cannot, and, for me, that's a deal-breaker." He was impressed with the Honda's rear-seat legroom, which is notable, considering his 6-foot, 4-inch frame, but was disappointed with the sloping roofline's effect on rear-seat headroom (for the same reason).
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Testing director Kim Reynolds is fond of the Crosstour. "It's well made; I like the materials; it's quiet for a Honda (for an Accord) and nicer-riding; and the extra room in back -- as well as its folding-seat flexibility -- is most welcome."
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It seems that in the world of the strange-looking problem-solvers on the road today, the Crosstour tends to appeal to older drivers. Gale notes, "I parked the Crosstour near a Toyota Venza after a road trip to San Francisco and thought of [art director] Mike Royer's comment on the Honda feeling more mature. The Toyota is clearly trying to impress a younger audience, with our short-term test model's dark orange paint and 20-inch wheels (19s are the smallest size available)." It's not flashy and it's not a race car, but it does the job. It's just unfortunate that there are so many compromises.
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Our Car
Months/mi in service 14/26,085
Avg econ/CO2 20.9 mpg/0.93 lb/mi
Energy consumption 161 kW-hr/100 mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $288.83 (2-oil change, inspection, rotate tires, 1-replace rear differential fluid)
Normal-wear cost $225.92 (replace front brake pads, resurface front brake rotors)

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