Sporting what can only be described as an exceptionally polarizing design, the Honda Crosstour offers considerable functionality and utility, along with comfort and convenience. Based upon the eighth generation model of the Honda Accord, the Crosstour is essentially a crossover coupe in the vein of BMW’s X6, albeit considerably more affordable. It’s everything you like about the Accord, with more carrying capacity.
Built in Honda’s East Liberty, Ohio assembly facility, the Crosstour was introduced to the market in 2009, as a 2010 model. While the product was originally referred to as the Accord Crosstour, Honda dropped the Accord designation for it in 2012.
The Honda Crosstour is offered in two states of trim; EX and EX-L. Standard equipment on the Crosstour EX includes automatic projector beam headlights, a one-touch moonroof, an automatic climate control system with air filtration, a 360-watt audio system, and Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming; along with steering wheel mounted controls for the audio system, cruise control, and telephone.
The more upmarket EX-L adds a dual-zone automatic climate control system, leather upholstery, heated front seats, position memory for the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors, better speakers for the audio system, foglights, a USB port and HondaLink with Aha capability and Pandora streaming audio services. Other available features include keyless entry with push button start and blind spot monitoring. Lane departure warning and forward collision warning are offered as well.
As you might imagine from the shape of the Honda Crosstour, cargo capacity is considerably greater than that of the standard Accord. With the rear seats folded, the Honda Crosstour offers some 51 cubic feet of cargo capacity. With all of the seats in place, the Crosstour will comfortably seat five people. There is also a hidden utility box for storing larger items out of sight.
Honda’s Crosstour is offered with two engines; a 2.4-liter 16-valve inline four, capable of 192 horsepower and 162 ft-lbs of torque is the base engine. A five-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive complete the base model’s powertrain—although this engine/transmission combination can also be had with the Crosstour EX-L trim package.
Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 is the larger engine offering. Available with a choice of all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, this engine is capable of generating 278 horsepower and 252 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters comes bundled with the V6. And yes, the V6 can be ordered with the EX trim package, but only with front-wheel drive.