the honda Crosstour 4 cylinder?
Arguably one of the most controversial Crossovers to place its wheels on the road in the past few years has been the Honda Accord Crosstour. Many didn't know what to make of this family hauler. Some liked it, many didn't, a few even detested it, however sales have remained slow and steady as it has caught on. But love it or hate it, there is a serious kind of quirkiness that belongs only to this truck, oops, I mean car, oops, I mean truck, oops, I mean station wagon...?? Well, ok... You can call it what you want, but you get the picture.....
Five years ago Honda designers needed a new product to keep up with the declining sales of the SUV that could double as a car, and that had lots of room for utility. The answer was the Honda (Accord) Crosstour.
What greater gift than better fuel mileage
The Crosstour, Introduced in 2010 was already a great automobile. Original, stand alone styling, a solid stance and that all important Bullet-proof Honda build quality made this SUV everything that a car could be, until now that is.... Recently the Accord Crosstour, introduced for the 2012 model year, became just the Crosstour. That new name came with something else that we all wanted, better fuel economy by way of Honda's 2.4 liter four cylinder engine.
Built on the Accord platform, the 2010 Crosstour is one of the chunkiest and meatiest products to come out of Japan's Honda automotive Group. Not a bad thing because today's budget minded consumer is desperately trying to get everything he can for as little green as possible. That's not calling the Crosstour cheap, not by any means. As a matter of fact, at first glance it struck me as rather pricey. Rather pricey until you open the door and get slapped in the face with that new car smell that quickly overwhelms your senses. Not only are your senses taken over, but so are your eyes. Looking at the Crosstour on the outside, it is easy to forget that it is based on the solidly built Honda Accord, that is until you take a look at the inside. It couldn't have looked better in your own private jet.! Honda engineers do a magnificent job of putting together a vehicle. The seats feel firm and everything is easily recognizable as well as right within reach. My only complaint right away is that the rear window is a little small. Honda remedies some of that by creating a double paned glass and by adding a rear view camera. Either way, If I had the car for anytime over a month, I'd get used to it.
The four cylinder engine starts up quietly and is never course. It is always quiet and compliant and one of, if not the best four cylinder on the market. I have driven smaller cars with larger engines that came off noisier than this. Quite impressive. As always with Honda's the engine never seams to struggle. The controls have a nice punch and kickback to them, the ride is impressively quiet. That surprised me because Honda has of recent has been foregoing the weight savings at the cost of insulation and isolation. (That's right Honda I'm Calling you out!) Keep it tight.!
Space to travel, a nice high rear seat, a great interior, power everything, tires that won't break the bank when changing, luggage space, 2 or AWD, go anywhere capability, able to handle the elements and can return about 28mpg hwy... Hmmm, I got one thing to say, "Sign me up dammit!".
Versatility is a must when owning these SUV's. There is lots of room for most whatever you need and the rear seats flip forward with just the pull of a rear handle in order to give you more space if that's what you desire. The optional engine is a 3.5 V6 with cylinder deactivation. That engine can operate on 6, 5, 4 or even 3 cylinders depending in the need. Many are also complaining about Honda's go forever 5-speed transmission, (still being used.) But we stick with them on this, If it aint broke, then don't fix it! There is also a smart rear storage tray, w/ handles, that can actually be lifted out of the car if even more space is needed.
With most of it's basis on the Accord, you cant go wrong!
Coming in with a base price of $27,775 and topping out just short of $37,000, the Crosstour it's not a steal.
Though not a steal, the car has a grip of luxury features!
Comprehensive list of features include Auto-on/off headlights, Bluetooth3 HandsFreeLink®, USB audio interface and rearview mirror back-up camera display, projector-beam headlights, a moonroof, body-colored power side mirrors with defrost, auto-up/down driver and front passenger side windows, air conditioning with second-row ventilation, a 360-watt AM/FM 6-disc audio system with seven speakers, steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and phone controls, an easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seatback, a hidden removable utility box and more. Crosstour EX-L adds leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats, a memory driver-side seat and memory-linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down capability, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, a premium audio system with Kevlar® cone speakers and front aluminum dome-type tweeter speakers and XM® Radio... "Whew, can I finally take a breath!" Just watch the options. With Honda, they don't come cheap! Now again, if you are trying to be noticed, keep shopping. I'm sure that there are more impressive, expressive and expensive SUV's on the market that just don't fade into the crowd, but when you are sitting in that SUV, oh some 150,000 miles from now, on the side of the road don't call me. I will be in my Crosstour at the Sonic eating a fish sandwich with the sunroof opened looking forward to the next 150,000 trouble-free miles while I'm on my blue-tooth telling you that I'm not coming.... I mean I'm just sayin..!!
Impressive car and the better fuel mileage doesn't hurt either. Hope you enjoyed autoFrenzy.net's auto News for August 2012 dedicated to "the crossovers." Thanks for reading.. Till next time keep your hands on the wheel and your feet on the gas... This is Dre'... Deuces...!!
G. Andre' C.