When the Accord Crosstour went on sale in 2010, Honda faced criticism from those who wanted the company to bring the European-market Accord wagon to the States instead. The company answered those critics by giving a wagon version of the Acura TSX to their upmarket division. This year, the Crosstour drops "Accord" from its name, but it still shares its 271-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, five-speed automatic transmission, and suspension setup with its former namesake. As such, the Crosstour is like a high-riding Accord, with solid handling, reasonably good grunt, and decent fuel economy. Gas mileage is helped by Honda's Variable Cylinder Management, which runs the engine on three, four, or six cylinders depending on accelerator load. Unlike the Accord sedan and coupe, the Crosstour is available with four-wheel drive. The Crosstour's unique styling -- a sort of cross between a station wagon and an SUV -- does create some ergonomic problems. Rear-seat headroom is sparse, and the cabin of the Crosstour is no more roomy than that of the Accord sedan, although there is a fairly significant amount of extra cargo capacity. The Crosstour strikes a good balance between design and versatility and represents a convenient option for car buyers torn between the space of an SUV and the economy of a sedan.
Drive: Front-wheel, 4-wheel
Trim Levels: EX, EX-L
Body style: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger
Engine: 3.5L V-6, 271 hp, 254 lb-ft
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Passenger volume: (2WD/4WD) 101.4/100.8 cu ft
Cargo Space: (rear seats up/down) 25.7/51.3 cu ft
For 2012, the Crosstour becomes its own model (it's no longer the Accord Crosstour).
EX models gain automatic on/off headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a USB port to attach flash drives, iPods, and other devices. The colors glacier blue metallic and tango red pearl have been replaced with twilight blue metallic and Basque red pearl, respectively.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
EPA Fuel Economy
All: 17-18 mpg city/25-27 mpg highway
- Decent fuel economy
Available four-wheel drive
Room for cargo
You Won't Like
- Unusual styling
Lack of rear headroom
A little weird, a lot versatile.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Acura TSX Sport Wagon