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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 140 Ratings for the 2010 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Of all the cars I have ever owned - rate this a 2

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
2/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Cute exterior"

Cons: "Interior ugly and hard to clean, locking design"

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

"I haven't liked this car since two weeks into ownership. It drives like a cheap car. It's only "pro" lies in its cuteness. What I despise the most is the interior. Even though mine is considered tan, everything but the seats is black! The carpet appears to have been woven with Velcro in mind. This darn thing makes its own decision about when it should lock itself. It's so very aggravating to exit the car, walk to the back to get packages only to have to return to the front (no matter the weather) to unlock the hatch. The paint finish isn't all that great either. OBVIOUSLY designed by a man, nothing attractive about the interior and the new electronic control panels are difficult to get used to as so much of it is redundant. But iisnt it nice the way its so very manly looking in a blue light computer sort of way! Be nice if it made sense."

1 person out of 10 found this review helpful

Great handling for a crossover

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

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
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Handling and comfort"

Cons: "Cargo capacity"

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

"Extremely comfortable ride for 4 full size adults. Handling is awesome for a vehicle this size. Cargo area is limited due to shock towers."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Great road car

By on Wednesday, November 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Performance"

Cons: "Plastic parts (fade) and tacky floor mats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Another good Honda product. Mechanically it's been close to perfect. Rides OK, mileage 22-25 in town and 28-32 on highway. The problem seeing through the rear window is minimal. It forces you to use your side mirror which is actually safer. My biggest complaint lies with materials. The upper door panels are plastic and were faded when purchased new. The "roping" around moon roof was also very faded on purchase. Both were reported to Honda, photo's were taken but I never got a response. The other issue was the floor mats, at 45K they started wearing through. Very cheap material much like the other products above. Bottom line, if you can put up with some cheap and tacky workmanship, you'll have a very dependable car. This is my 7th Honda and I'm very disappointed at the material workmanship and will look at other options in the next year when I'm ready for a new car."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great Value

By on Tuesday, November 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 350

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
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great smooth ride, well built solid car."

Cons: "Takes a bit to get used to the rear window."

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

"I was a bit hesitant to buy a Crosstour due to some of the negative reviews, but I decided to go for it due to the versatility of the vehicle and the deep discounts dealers are offering. Roughly (presently) about $7K or so off of MSRP for the EX-L 4WD version. Took a bit to get used to the split rear window, but with the rear camera activation for backing up and right turns, it's just fine. It's a great ride, and I feel safe in it with my family, as it's a solidly built car. The V6 is silky smooth and will get up and go when you need it. For the horsepower you get combined with the great fuel mileage for this sized vehicle, the V6 4WD is a great value at the prices they are selling them for."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Under Appreciated

By on Saturday, October 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "design, unique, storage, interior space"

Cons: "cargo light"

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

"The car budget was tight, so I took a chance on the CT because of the deals they had been offering. First, the disappointments. A light in the cargo area was a silly oversight. The wheel wells are deep, cutting into the cargo space. And the four cylinder is adequate. And come on, include the cargo cover for goodness sake. Snarking aside. I like this thing. And I am a bit of fincky one. I had considered a Mini Roadster, a Lexus 200, and an LR2. The CT is a stand apart. It provides the funky fun of the others with the reliablity of a Honda. The interior is comfortable, well thought out, and well crafted. It makes for a nice drive. The extras are surprising, giving the car a luxury feel. The passenger side camera is a wonderful addition, countering the concerns with blind spots. The dash is convenient and attractive. The design that the critics love to hate makes it a distinctive, fun thing--a pleasant diversion from the ubiquitous Audi knockoffs and Explorer look alikes. It is a break from the usually stodgy, Victorian Honda styling. I am pleased with the price, with the quality, with the design. I owe the critics a thank you. The lackluster sales saved me around 4K."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

My Dream Vehicle

By on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,500

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Lots of cargo capacity, great value, great design"

Cons: "none, in my opinion"

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

"I have been wanting and looking for a V6 AWD Crosstour for years. I have owned Honda before and always thought it to be a very reliable but fun vehicle. The CT gives me all the space I need and drives well. I believe it to be well made and designed. I originally did not like the dual screens on the interior, but it is very useful. I get good gas mileage and have plenty of power."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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