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2011 Honda Accord Crosstour

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2011 Honda Accord Crosstour Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour joins a growing list of vehicles that are not quite wagon yet not fully crossover SUV (think Subaru Outback and BMW X6). Sharing the same architecture as the venerable Accord, the Accord Crosstour offers more ground clearance, a larger cargo hold and available all-wheel drive. Although the sloping rear severely cuts into the cargo holds ability to carry taller items, the Accord Crosstour is still a competent alternative to the Accord Sedan, providing all the attention to detail, interior comfort and fuel economy expected of a car carrying the Accord nameplate. If you can get past the Accord Crosstour's polarizing styling and somewhat lofty entry price, the car makes a viable alternative to bulky and fuel-thirsty SUVs.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for sedan-like comfort in a vehicle that can handily tackle six-inch snow drifts as easily as it swallows a week's worth of camping gear, the Accord Crosstour deserves a spot on your list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If ample cargo and passenger room, a four-cylinder engine and a starting price under $30,000 are high on your list of shopping criteria, then a Subaru Outback or Toyota Venza might prove more appealing.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, the most frequently used climate control buttons have been relocated to the left side of the control stack, closer to the driver.

Driving the Accord Crosstour

Driving Impressions Given the Crosstour's Accord roots, one might expect the big wagon to behave very much like its sedan sibling; and one would be correct. On the open road, the...

Accord Crosstour delivers the same engaging driving dynamics for which the Honda Accord is known. With instantaneous throttle response, tight steering and nimble handling, it's easy to forget about the extra metal in the rear, or that the Accord Crosstour weighs almost 4,000 pounds. Thanks to Honda's Active Sound Control System, the overall ride is comfortable and quiet. The car's tall ride height gives the driver a commanding view of the road, and although rear visibility is good, even through the double-tiered rear glass, the addition of the rearview camera makes parking in tight lots and spaces much easier.
Favorite Features

Hidden Removable Utility Box
Adding 1.9 cubic-feet of space to the rear cargo area, the removable utility box is made of plastic and easily washable; perfect for items that would otherwise be messy in the main compartment.

Real Time 4WD
The Real Time 4WD system lets the Accord Crosstour to be more than just a grocery hauler, allowing it to tread safely regardless of weather.

2011 Honda Accord Crosstour Details
Interior

From the front seats, there's little to differentiate the Accord Crosstour from the Accord Sedan. The two share the same interior, dash and console, as well as audio and navigation options. Other interior highlights include wood trim on the dash and door panels, one-touch release levers that easily fold down the rear seats and softer, premium-feeling leather seating that impart an Acura-level feel. Gaze rearward, however, and the Accord Crosstour opens up a whole new bag of tricks. The rear end has a more functional wagon-like cargo area providing 25.7 cubic-feet with the rear seats up, and 51.3 cubic-feet with the seats down. There's also a removable utility box and side bins hidden beneath the carpeted floor. Understanding that the Accord Crosstour may see more outdoor adventuring than most sedans, Honda made the utility box's lid reversible, with a plastic underside that can be used when transporting dirty or wet items.

Exterior

Honda gave the Accord Crosstour an aerodynamic look, incorporating a sloping roofline and sweeping side body lines from front to back. Still, the 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour is not without its detractors, who complain the car's odd proportions and over-the-top styling cues make it look more cartoon than car. Honda says that the Accord Crosstour does share chassis architecture with the Accord Sedan, but none of the exterior sheetmetal is the same, which is pretty obvious. The Accord Crosstour's bold front grille and bulging fender arches impart a sense of muscularity, while its distinctive rear end and six-inches of ground clearance sets it apart from most of the other cars on the road.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on the 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a five-speed automatic transmission, , cloth seats, a one-touch power moonroof, dual zone auto climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, and a 360-watt AM/FM/six-disc in-dash audio system with seven speakers. Standard safety features includes anti-lock brakes, electronic traction and stability control, and front side and side curtain airbags. Other convenient standard features include 10-way driver and four-way passenger power adjustable seats, remote entry with power window control, a hidden utility storage compartment and 60/40 split rear seats with one-touch folding.

Optional Equipment

Optional equipment for the Accord Crosstour includes Real Time 4-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels and a Honda satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition and a rearview camera, all of which can only be had by choosing the up-level EX-L trim.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour is powered by a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine that uses Honda's Variable Cylinder Management system which allows the engine to run on three, four or six cylinders, depending on driving demands. The only transmission choice is a five-speed automatic that uses Honda's G Shift Control and RPM rev-matching, which "blips" the throttle for smooth downshifts. G Shift holds the transmission in gear when the vehicle is cornering.

3.5-liter V6
271 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27(2WD), 18/26 (4WD)

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2011 Honda Accord Crosstour Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 95 Ratings for the 2010 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.8/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

This is my second Crosstour and I love it!

By on Thursday, April 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Security, styling, electronics"

Cons: "Have to manually lift the hatchback to open"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After putting 45,000 miles on my 2013 Crosstour, I recently bought a new 2014. The upgrades to the vehicle are amazing, from the audio enhancements to increased visibility with the bigger rear view camera and blind spot assistance. I love this vehicle!! I drive 120 miles roundtrip to/from work most days and am getting 30 MPG with my 6 cylinder 4WD model. I have never felt so secure in winter driving conditions as I do in my Crosstour. The only things I wish Honda would add to this model are push button opening for the hatchback (my Accord had this feature for the trunk) and a motorized mechanism for the inside cargo area cover. It seems a bit cheesy having to prop the cover open manually to access the cargo area. I am a Honda fan (this is my 6th Honda, the first 4 were Accords)"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Enjoy driving to work or play

By on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, handle streeting"

Cons: "The door are not tight enough"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This vehicle has the quality and classy look. I enjoy driving this car. My family is very safe with all the airbags on the car. I enjoy that driver seat or passenger seat. plenty of leg room and I am 6-1 tall."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Better in snow than any SUV I have owned

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort and AWD"

Cons: "Can seem big at times"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great automobile during all driving conditions. Style and comfort of a high end sedan with performance in the elements of an SUV only much better MPGs."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Brilliant brilliant brilliant

By on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Excellent handling in SD winter or summer"

Cons: "Needs a "miles til empty" feature"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I actually bought the 2011 to get a feel if this would be a good alternative to full or mid size SUV in SD winters, and for the last 6 months I've owned it, I have been blown away by how well it grips the road in good weather, and how well it handles in icy and snowy conditions. I am beyond impressed by the cargo space (and remember, we were Yukon owners) for the size of the vehicle, have had no difficulties loading it up. Great gas mileage. The plethora of buttons took some getting used to, and I'm sure I'm still not using all the features to their full potential, but awesome comfort is provided with the seating, heating, air conditioning etc. The smaller back view did take some getting used to as well, but go figure! Honda has provided these nifty rearview mirrors to help a driver out! Love love love it. Can't wait to convince my hubby to let me order a brand new one!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

I Love It!!!!!

By on Monday, January 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "4WD but not style SUV. Handle great in the snow."

Cons: "Wish big enough for third row seating."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I own 2010 4 WD Crosstour. At first had to adjust to blind spots while driving. You have that with any new car you drive. It's Great for me since I travel 90 miles a day to work. Drives very smooth. People can't believe it a 4WD. I owned a Tahoe for five years before. My husband is a big man and he complains it to small and not comfortable, but he drives 2500 king cab truck. I would love to have the new 2014 Crosstour..;)"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Love my HONDA

By on Monday, January 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my car. We drive to Little Rock, AR from Dallas, TX about every 5-6 weeks and its so confortable. The Dual control for heat and AC is an absolute dream. The back seat is very comfortable and has so much space. I love the trunk space and even the hidden compartment. This car runs and drives so smoothly. All of my family and friends love how stylish it is and how nice it is to drive."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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