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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 145 Ratings for the 2010 - 2011 models.

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

It is a great vehicle with great safety features

By on Friday, July 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Very solid. I had a CR-V 2013 before buying a Crosstour. Why did I change it ? Because of suspension. Crosstour suspension is superior to CR-V. It is solid and comfortable. I really like this car."

Have owned 5 Hondas in family, Crosstour is fav!

By on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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: "Fun to drive!"

Cons: "Wish it had automatic lift gate instead of manual."

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

"This is my 2nd Crosstour, loved the first one so much I bought the 2nd one when lease was up.Beautiful, drives so smoothly and super quick resppnse time. Carries 4 adults comfortably or 3 kids in the back. Always get stopped and people comment on what a stylish car it is."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best Honda I have ever owned

By on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, comfortable, stylishy different"

Cons: "Rear view can take a while to get used to"

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

"I've owned the Civic sedan and coupe models and the CRV prior to purchasing this car. I liked all of them but I LOVE, LOVE the Crosstour! I just purchased a 2012 EX-L AWD V6 with nav used and it is by far the nicest Honda, or any make of car in fact, that I have ever owned. It handles great despite being a big, heavy car. I am getting 22 mpg city, has lots of power, and plenty of room. I like that it is unusual looking in style. There are tons of Civics and CRVs on the road but I rarely see a Crosstour and I like having something that is different rather than fitting in with the crowd. I love all of the features that come with the EX-L. The sound system is great. The ride is very comfortable. I am petite and love that the driver's seat adjusts in so many ways. The first time ever in my life I am able to see out over the hood of the car I am driving with a seat that raises in height! Also love the memory for the seat and side mirrors settings so no more having to spend 5 minutes trying to get them readjusted after my 6 foot tall husband drives the car. The rear view took a bit to get used to but after driving it for a couple of weeks and getting comfortable with the rear camera, I am at ease with it. I am 58 and plan on this being my last car. I love it so much I don't ever want to part with it. Too bad Honda stopped making them. The Crosstour truly is a fantastic vehicle."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great car. AWD is flawless. Workmanship quality

By on Monday, February 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

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
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very stable and maneuverable."

Cons: "Electronic steering is vague. My drive is 911."

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

"The body style took a bit of getting used to. Quite different for Honda but similar in characteristics to BMW X6 and other high priced cars. The Crosstour 3.5 V6 has excellent power and is a very stable car to drive in inclement weather. We often go out with friends and will take our Crosstour as it is much more comfortable than the standard SUV types they drive. My next venture to WY to participate in dig will require a bit of off road (not of the serious nature) so Im looking fwd to seeing how it performs in these conditions."

11 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Saturday, February 13, 2016

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, solid build, nice gas mileag for a 6"

Cons: "Looks, rear visibility"

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

"I've been driving Honda since 1988 starting used and moving to new civics and then a pair of accords. I never really liked my 09 accord but this Crosstour more than makes up for it. I wanted a reliable, comfortable, quiet, 4wd car mostly for my 75 mile ride to the office. I live on a dirt road and the NH snow demanded 4wd. I still think the car looks a little weird and seeing out the back is tough but my crosstour drives like a car should. (the passing camera and backup cameras are actually useful) I've been getting 30mpg to/from the office when I mostly use the cruise and the V6 allows me to 'jump to light speed' when I need to. Its a joy just having that much power/acceleration available. Very comfortable seating in both in the pilot and navigator seats. I even spent 3 hours as super cargo and was comfortable in the back. Sad 2015 was the last model year for this great car."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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

By on Monday, January 4, 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."

11 people out of 38 found this review helpful

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