Tall wagons, crossover vehicles and other wagon-like vehicles are almost as common today as the family station wagon was decades ago. Over the intervening years, the minivan became the primary people hauler of choice with sport / utility vehicles finding their niche as well.
By around 2000, the first crossovers began to make their appearance including the Chrysler Pacifica. Those cars featured big wheels, a higher profile than the typical station wagon, and seating for six or more adults. Importantly, these vehicles offered ample interior room, plenty of storage, and were easier to maneuver than the bulky, husky SUVs of that day.
For 2010, the number of crossover models (CUV) has exceeded that of traditional truck chassis based SUVs, giving people the ride that they want without sacrificing passenger room or storage. The Honda Accord Crosstour is one such crossover, a model designed to give shoppers an alternative to the Honda Odyssey minivan.
According to Honda, the Accord Crosstour is designed to fulfill multiple roles for both style and function. Enhanced practicality is provided thanks to an under-floor storage area in the rearward section of the vehicle and reversible cargo floor panels which are perfect for dirty objects. Cargo area admittance is further increased by a tailgate with an ample opening and deep lift-over height.
Like the Odyssey, every Accord Crosstour model is standard equipped with a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) designed to optimize power and maximize efficiency. Notably, the VCM cylinder deactivation system is programmed to run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders, based on current power requirements. A technologically revised five-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment. Plenty of ground clearance is realized with the Accord Crossover and real time four wheel drive is also available.
Honda says that the Accord Crosstour is available in two model choices, the EX and EX-L. Ex standard features include dual-zone automatic air conditioning with second row ventilation, 360-Watt AM / FM 6-disc audio system with seven speakers, easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seat back, 17-inch aluminum wheels with 225 / 65 R17 all-season tires, hidden removable utility box, cruise control, moonroof, auto up / down driver and front passenger side windows, rear privacy glass, steering wheel-integrated audio controls, compass and outside temperature indicator, and more.
Choose the EX-L and you'll enjoy what the ex offers plus leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats, leather steering wheel, leather gear shift knob, auto day / night dimming rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum wheels with 225 / 60 R18 all-season tires, auto on / off headlights, memory driver-side seats, memory side mirrors with reverse tilt capability, cargo privacy cover, and more.
Safety features include stability assist, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, and a rollover sensor other other items. With prices starting just below $ 30,000 and extending past $ 36,000, the Accord Crosstour is priced competitively with other cars in its class, making it one vehicle you'll want to consider if shopping for a CUV.