Crossing over several styles and features, one would really find an extremely difficult time to place the Honda Crosstour to any category. It can't be classified as a midsized sedan as it is taller and bigger than that, but it is definitely too small to be a compact crossover SUV. It's like Honda engineers got a wee bit excited to play around and crossbred a wagon, a sedan, and a crossover. The result is utterly shocking, and we don't mean that in a good way. While trying to look like its influences, it has lost their best attributes.
As the name suggests, the Crosstour adopts some of the current features of the Accord sedan, only taller by 7.6 inches and comes as a hatchback instead of having a rear end trunk. To give it credit, however, this slightly awkward design enables the Crosstour to carry more cargo load as compared to that of the sedan, and makes way for easy loading with its wider rear opening.
Trying to do so many things at once have deviated the Crosstour from focusing on good attributes. Its drawbacks become pretty obvious especially when you place it head to head with other compact crossover SUVs. Such crossover SUVs outdo the Crosstour in aspects of convenience and functionality while still maintaining a car-like driving feel instead of a truck-like one. Other than that, base models of such SUVs also offer lower prices.
The Crosstour does combine a lot of things into one, and may be considered as the correct package for many; however, it is not the top tier in its newly emerging category, if it has that in the first place. Compared to its direct rivals, it focuses more on occupants" comfort rather than multidimensional utility.
Trim Levels and Options
The Crosstour is offered in two trims, namely the EX and the EX-L trim levels.
EX Trim. This trim comes standard with automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, keyless entry, a sunroof, power front seats (10-way driver, four-way passenger), dual-zone automatic climate control with second row vents, a multifunctional tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding rear seatback and a seven-speaker audio system including an auxiliary audio jack and a six-CD changer.
EX-L Trim. The higher of the two trims, the EX-L upgrades the wheels into 18-inchers that come standard with features such as leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, driver seat memory functions, a cargo cover, an upgraded stereo with a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a satellite radio. The only option available for upgrade on this trim is a voice-activated navigation system matched with a rearview camera.
Offered in standard front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available as an EX-L trim option, the Crosstour is packed with a 3.5-liter V6 with 271 horsepower capable of producing 254 pound-feet of torque. It also comes standard on a five-speed automatic gearbox.
It recorded an astounding 0-to-60 mph speed of 7.5 secondsùpretty decent for its class. Fuel efficiency, on the other hand rated at 21 mpg combined with 18 city/27 highway on front-wheel drive. AWD versions result to a tick lower fuel economy.
All Honda Accord Crosstours include standard safety features such as active front-seat head restraints, stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. It required 131 feet to come to full stop from 60 mph.
The Crosstour has not been tested using the new, and more demanding government crash tests, but its 2010 ratings (which are far easier than the new tests) yielded a perfect five score for categories like side and front. The IIHS, likewise, gave it the highest possible rating of ôgood for side crash protection and frontal-offset, but garnered the second-worst score of ômarginal for the roof-strength test.
Its cabin has enough room to transport full-sized adults with ample leg and headroom for both front and rear seats. The seats are pretty supportive and comfortable while some may think of the lumbar support to be a wee bit aggressive than they like. It provides poor cargo capabilities with a small 25.7 cubic feet of storage area at the back of the rear seats and expands to 51.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. These numbers are bad as conventional crossovers and wagons do more in accommodating bigger size of load.
Behind the Wheel
Like its influence, the Honda Accord sedan, this Crosstour reaps off of its precise steering and responsive handling. Its added weight of 300 pounds, however, coupled with its higher center of gravity kind of throws off all the intent to make the car sportier. The V6 provides a pretty sufficient power output, but transmissions tend to downshift in slower traffic.
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on 01/07/2015 at 3:21 AM