The Crosstour's styling is nothing if not divisive. I do think that it looks better in person than in pictures, so I guess I'm starting to warm up to it a bit. The interior is well done and far more comfortable and attractive than either the Toyota Venza or the Nissan Murano. My only serious complaint about the cabin is the busy central dash. There are too many similarly sized buttons and they don't seem to be arranged in any logical way. For me, a simple radio or HVAC adjustment required a quick once over, over and over again even after spending a weekend with the car.
The Crosstour is quite agile and enjoyable to drive. The steering could use more weight but I found it to be fairly accurate and communicative during a somewhat spirited run on a few curvy back roads. The ride and handling balance is not necessarily tuned for sportiness but it provides a good amount of feedback without feeling soft. And in this category, the Crosstour's lower ride height and lower center of gravity undoubtedly give it a handling advantage over the taller, more top-heavy competition. Of course, the tradeoff with the Crosstour is that, given the sloping roofline and the narrow cargo-area opening, its usefulness as a utility vehicle will be somewhat limited.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor