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.Driving It 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.