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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.

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
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 132 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Love, love, love this car

By on Saturday, August 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

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: "form & function, can't beat it, love the power"

Cons: "wish it had LED lights, a little better mileage"

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

"Long time Honda owner. I had no awareness of this car (had my Accord for 12 years) until I went car shopping with my friend & fell in love with it. Of course, I then had to have it though I did consider getting another (would have been 3rd) Accord. While the Accord is a great car, it is a bit of a snooze in the excitement department. I splurged & got the 6 cylinder/4WD/Navi model & am soooo happy with it. I spend my day driving to numerous stops as part of my job so I need comfort as well as reliability & space. I couldn't be more satisfied. I absolutely love the utility provided in a comfortable & stylish way & the oomph of 6 cylinders when I need it. I get compliments constantly. While it's too bad it wasn't more widely accepted & met its demise for that reason, I appreciate having something that is not mainstream."

Have owned a lot of cars-this is one of the "BEST"

By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
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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: "Great to Drive-all you would want in a Sporty SUV!"

Cons: "Poor viewing out rear window hatch..."

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

"Car is everything a middle age person would want to drive. Sporty, Fast, Powerful, Comfortable, and just pure enjoyable to drive! Good gas for a 278 hp motor. As good a car as I have ever owned...and I have owned a lot of nice cars! "2010 Crosstour EX-L 3.5L V6 AWD""

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Folow up after my trip.

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is my wife's car and I usually don't drive it much. However, I recently drove it from the Midwest to Seattle through Montana. I did 1300 miles in 1 sitting....a nice test for a car. I had the cruise near 80 when the speed limits allowed..I also navigated a few mountain passes as well. I was very impressed with the car....it was probably the best road trip car I've ever driven...I have done this route 30 Plus times with various vehicles....many driving straight through. If you drive long distance on the highway and need adequate room, this is you're car. This car kncked down 31.4 MPG (1300 miles)average at mostly 80 MPH. If you drive it 70 MPH it'll get 32-34 and this car has a V-6...it also has cylinder deactivation so it stays in 3 cylinder mode most of the time. You also find out what kind of seats you have when you drive for 18 consecutive hours...these seats did very well. I also liked the ability to turn on the right side camera without turning on the turn signal. I also rocked the heck out of the xm radio(don't tell my wife) and it sounds pretty good. The most interesting and important feature for my particular trip was the LDW. (lane departure warning) This feature is especially important when fatique could become a factor. The light is calibrated perfectly...activating a foot or so from the line and keeping you out of trouble BEFORE you get into trouble. The LDW light comes on with an audible noise...which I couldn't hear at times due to my cranking of the stereo. However, the light does a good job of alerting, especially at night when those long drives get Looong. In closing, I felt better after this rad trip then any other one...and its due to the car not needing me "driving" it constantly. Its too bad Honda isn't building it anymore cause its a really great car.(mines a 2014 V-6) Its also 4WD to boot. The dealers still have a few left and they are going cheap. Great bang for the buck...and a Great road car...can't wait to see what it will do in the snow. Peace."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Car. Love SUV style without SUV bulge.

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,500

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great to drive, great gas mileage, low maintenance"

Cons: "limited trunk height,nees electric hatch release"

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

"Traded my Infiniti for this car and couldn't be happier. Better gas mileage, more room especially for tall son in the back seat. Overall more room than the Infiniti four door and much better gas. Only have to use regular gas which has saved a lot of money in the long run. Two negatives, the slope of the hatch back makes for rearrange of luggage for long trips and wish the hatch back came with automatic buttons and not the pull down handle. The bells and whistles that come automatically are a plus. Navigation very user friendly."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Downsized from Cadillacs. Not sorry.

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "450 miles per tank. Plenty of power. Great looks."

Cons: "Seat belt fasteners loo low."

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

"I drove Cadillacs, large Mercedes or BMW's for three decades. Retired but not sedentary and liked the looks of the Crosstour. Decided to save money by buying the lower-end model (4 vs V-6, cloth interior vs leather). This car has a 4-clyinder engine that reminds me of my old Lotus sports car. Cruises easily at 100mph (in west Texas). Passengers often ask if the engine is turbocharged, since it has a power boost at around 3,000 rpm. My only complaint is that the seat belt fasteners are too low for my wife to easily buckle herself in."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I really love my car

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"I've always been puzzled by the bad reviews. When I first bought the Crosstour in 2011, I never received more compliments and inquiries with any other car. It is solid, and reliable, with a strong engine, and never gets stuck in the snow. It is a real shame Honda have discontinued it after 2015. One of their problems was in promoting it as a type of SUV, when it is really just a great awd wagon. Sorry to see you go. Honda has lots of new model changes coming, but I don't think any fit the Crosstour niche."

16 people out of 31 found this review helpful

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