2010 Honda Accord Crosstour AWD EX-L

If you can get past the unusual exterior (it's taken me a few months to warm up to it), you'll find the Crosstour is a competent competitor to Subaru's latest Outback. It may not have as much cargo space-thanks to the sloping rear hatch-but the car feels and drives very similar. Here, though, you're treated to Honda's strong 3.5-liter V-6, a smoother transmission, and a much more upscale interior.

I'm also happy to see the Crosstour has a little more body control than the Outback, but that isn't saying much. Honda would have completely won me over if they'd incorporated more weight and feedback into the steering rack. As it stands, it's overboosted and rather vague, and it needs fairly regular correction while running down the highway.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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