KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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.
271 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27(2WD), 18/26 (4WD)
The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price starting just above $30,500 and topping out at around $37,000 with the addition of all-wheel-drive, navigation and leather. We expect our Fair Purchase Price to reflect real-world transaction prices in line with sticker prices, so be sure to check it before you begin negotiating price. Unlike most Honda products, Kelley Blue Book expects the Honda Accord Crosstour to hold only average resale values in the segment, on par with values of the Nissan Murano, slightly lower than the Toyota Venza and well below the Subaru Outback.