I have to admit that I was surprised at how much positive attention this humpback Accord garnered over the weekend. My real estate agent said it was cool. A couple in the Home Depot parking lot was attracted to the styling, which they found sportier than their Accord sedan, and they asked to check out the interior. No one called the Crosstour ugly (though people may have been minding their manners).
So Honda's Accord Crosstour may have some visual appeal, but many people were pretty surprised by the sticker price. Blame that on the sole V-6 powertrain and the nicely appointed interior. From the dash to the rear cargo compartment, materials and finishes are excellent. The rear hatch might not afford the utility of a Honda Pilot, but it is more convenient than a sedan. Loading a six-foot ladder was no problem, and flipping the rear seatbacks flat is especially easy with a pull of two handles on either side of the cargo hold. I do believe, though, that a premium vehicle like this should offer keyless ignition and a power liftgate.
As you might expect from a vehicle that's 60 percent Accord sedan, the Crosstour is quite good to drive. Once you've experienced a full-throttle acceleration run, it's difficult to resist turning every red light or on-ramp into a race. The handling, compared with the rest of the crossover class, is exceptional. Of course, the Crosstour doesn't ride quite as high as the competition, and you'll notice that from the driver's seat. Steering isn't revolutionary, but it is precise enough to keep up with the rest of the Crosstour's capabilities.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor