With the Christmas holiday
fast approaching, some
families need to move cargo
now and during other times
of the year. The Honda
Accord Crosstour will let
them get the job done!
In this vehicle, the
driver sits two inches
higher than in an Accord
sedan and there is also
just a bit more head and
shoulder room. Additionally,
the Crosstour’s cargo area
measures 25.7 cubic feet compared to the sedan’s 14 cubic feet. And when
the split-rear seats of the Crosstour are folded down, the cargo area becomes
51.3 cubic feet with a flat cargo floor. Otherwise, the interior has basically
been lifted from the Accord. The dash is either all black or a two tone unit that
is black on top and light tan on the bottom. The seats are comfortable, and the
controls are well refined and thus satisfying to use.
Before the Crosstour’s official release, Honda provided some photos of the
vehicle on Facebook. The car actually received some negative remarks regarding
its exterior looks. However, the Crosstour has a number of complex shapes and it
is better received in person. Of the exterior, Motor Trend Magazine states, “The
car almost refuses to be photographed; it needs to be physically pondered on two
moving feet, watching the surfaces blend and emerge as you change perspective.”
The hands on driving experience of the Crosstour is impressive as the ride is
smooth and supple (like a Toyota or Lexus) and it is above what the Accord
sedan offers. The Crosstour is available in front wheel drive or all wheel drive.
The engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that provides 271 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 7.3
The engine’s fuel efficiency is improved as deactivation allows it to drop down
to four or even three cylinders. However, engine noise and vibration have been
reduced by the use of active engine mounts which vibrate in sync. Furthermore,
the transmission provides rev-matched downshifts and cornering data is
automatically fed into the transmission during cornering thus eliminating any
annoying upshifts at the wrong times. All of these things take place without
the driver noticing them in the least.
The Crosstour’s base price is about $30,000 and it achieves about 18 mpg in the
city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Honda says it developed the Accord Crosstour to appeal to empty nesters.
However, in addition to empty nesters, this versatile vehicle will likely appeal
to full out active families. With the Honda Accord Crosstour, Santa and family
will easily arrive on time and even with time to spare!
Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price…” He
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