• Jan 26th 2009 at 11:26AM
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Currently, all of Honda's crossovers are of a more traditional upright style like the Element (if you can call that traditional) and Pilot. What Honda hasn't offered in the U.S. in more than a decade is a wagon body style. That looks like it might change by the end of 2009. Apparently, the gang in East Liberty, Ohio is cooking up a challenger for the Toyota Venza, Nissan Murano, and Subaru Outback. The mule that has been spotted uses the body of the European market Accord Sport Tourer (aka wagon) with the front clip of the current North American Market Accord.
It's not clear if this is the final body style that will appear, but the car actually has quite handsome proportions. Power will likely come from either the current Accord 2.4-liter four and 3.5-liter V6 engines, or possibly the Acura RDX 2.3L turbo. It's unfortunate that the 2.2L i-DTEC diesel is dead in the water for America because that would actually be an ideal candidate for such a vehicle. John Mendel, executive vice-president of American Honda confirmed to a dealer meeting over the weekend that a new product is coming for the brand this fall. The new CUV is expected to debut at the LA Auto Show in November.

[Source: Temple of VTEC]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      That Accord wagon simply looks like a warmed over Dodge Magnum. The only wagon I would ever want to own is an Olds Vista Cruise. Those things had class. I just don't like these stupid new classes of vehicles that are stretched to odd looking and disproportionate lengths.

      This in no way would compete with SUVs like the Murano or Edge. Station wagons are just too stodgy. On the other hand, certain SUVs like the Murano and Edge have tighter cleaner proportions, with the advantage of easier ingress/egress and loading platform levels. More than all of those, I would love to have back my 3 door '89 Civic hatchback. What a wonderful car.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks good! I like that AWD will be an option, hopefully with a 4cyl. Looks better than Venza at least in those pics, but Venza is growing on me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        An AWD wagon, with three rows of seats, that gets better MPGs than CR-V? I googled it quickly an the CR-V gets 27 highway; I don't think your gonna beat that. The new crossover will likely get MPGs inline with the Venza and Murano.

        Honda's truck record is less than stellar..The Ridgeline and Pilot update are both pretty ugly. If its an SUV version of the Accord coupe, tell me where to sign up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ya know, I thought the same thing about the Venza. My local auto show had one in metallic brown w/ a tan leather interior. Looked great in person, plenty of legroom in the second row. Then I got out and saw the $38k sticker. $38k for a pimped out Camry? No freakin way. Just another way to get those nervous about dropping $35k+ on an SUV to drop the money. I love the look of this Honda, as long as it falls in the Accord price range.....
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would also really like to see an AWD 4 cyl version. An AWD wagon that gets batter gas mileage than the CRV, possibly has a third row of seats, and is built to Honda's standards would be hands down a great family car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda is killing the S2000 and developing a station wagon. While I didn't care much for the tiny S2000, Honda is unfortunately taking a stodgier and lower tech approach to its vehicles. First the 5 door Fit comes onto the scene with its archaic torsion beam suspension and drum brakes, now they are going retro with the 5 door wagon. I suppose there is no chance of ever getting back to a cool 3 door hatchback like my '89 Civic which actually averaged better economy (37mpg all around) than the new Fit (and it had an independent suspension!). My next new car will probably be the Kia Forte' coupe, Genesis coupe, or the Altima coupe. I wouldn't mind the Kia Soul if it weren't so lacking in the suspension and horsepower departments.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate to say this, but from the pics it looks like it needs to be just a tiny bit taller. It seems too close to a standard wagon.

      Seems like a big win could come to a wagon that really splits the difference in height between a traditional sedan-based wagon and an SUV/minivan. Americans still want the enhanced down-the-road visibility of an SUV, and packaging things a little more vertically really frees up space with the footprint.

      Otherwise, it looks great. Somewhere in this Ford Flex/Mazda CX-9 space there is a very appealing family vehicle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They make it any taller, then they just have a slightly longer CR-V. Give us real wagons, there are plenty of us out there who want a low cargo floor. It's easier for my dog to jump into a wagon than an SUV. Especially as she gets older. I'm not picking her furry butt up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Perfect replacement for either my Outback or Legacy Wagon. Venza is nice too - we need more versatile vehicles in the states, and wagons do the trick.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why Oh Why did they keep the North American front?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree the jdm wagon is sex on wheels
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yet another high and rising beltline, low and sloping roofline vehicle without much glass on the sides.

      I don't know where this comes from. Maybe it's trying to maintain proportion with the high, blunt, pedestrian friendly hood. Maybe focus groups decided drivers feel safer with bunker slit visibility. Whatever it is, I hate it. Stubby and wrongly proportioned outside, dark and claustrophobic inside, that's not the way to get $25,000 from me.

      I had a 90s Accord wagon and the beltline was down around your elbows. Visibility was great, it made the cabin seem bigger than it really was, that open feeling was the best thing about that car. This Venza looking thing isn't the spiritual successor to that whatsoever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It doesn't have the TSX because a wagon doesn't fit Acura image. Acura is performance and luxury. Plus it would have a higher selling price because it was under Acura's name plate. The vehicles purpose to give people the option other than a CR-V or Pilot. Not everyone wants a tall station wagon (SUV).
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's almost a wagon... and a tidy-looking one at that, aside from being slightly too high off the ground. This car looks VASTLY better than the current Accord, even with the wanna-be-Ridgeline grille that ruins...er... graces the nose of the Accord.

      This is the first Honda in quite a while that could make my list of possibles, provided they don't uglify it too much in the process of building a production version.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very interesting. Honda is smart. They see that interest in their SUV Truck is failing, so they invest in a crossover oriented like a high-riding wagon....so, why did Chrysler kill the Magnum again?

      But this rough-cut looks promising. All the Accord fans who want/need more space in a more rugged package can have it all w/o being seen in a stereotypical, gas-sucking SUV. I wouldn't doubt that Honda is working on a hybrid transmission for the crossover too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      CUV? I just wish everyone would just call all of these "CUV's" for what they really are - STATION WAGONS!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Mazda FTW:

      Read: "The mule that has been spotted uses the body of the European market Accord Sport Tourer (aka wagon) with the front clip of the current North American Market Accord."

      I don't know if I should pity you or hold you in contempt. I will do both.

      But in all seriousness...drop the 2.3turbo motor and the SH-AWD in this bitch, and i may say sayonara to the new Outback XT (provided that they will continue to make it).
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