• Sep 2, 2009
2010 Honda Crosstour - click above image for hi-res gallery

Ruh roh. Looks like Honda's "friends" aren't so happy about the upcoming Crosstour. And rather than us tell you why that might be, we'll let the people speak for themselves. And we'll let Honda's marketing types speak back to the people. Here's the first three comments on the page, warts and all:
Was really hoping this car was going to look like the JDM or the Tourer...but we got neither. Very dissapointed!!! -- Ciamaris R.

The bad move here was teasing a wagon and delivering this Aztec/Venza, why? They don't appeal to the same people (wagons appeal to existing Honda, Subaru & VW owners and CUV's to people who buy cars solely for their street presence (it... helps if they aren't ugly btw)). Through inept PR you've set yourselves up for an instant backlash that is going to dominate the press narrative for this car's launch...and you deserve it. Were you trying to keep a lid on the new Venza competitor? To what purpose? Did you really think that Toyota didn't know this was coming down the pipe? You've dissapointed and angered existing, money in hand customers by raising their expectations and then showing them a product you must know they would consider a betrayal of your brand heritage. If you had announced the CUV aspect of this ahead of time all those buyers would have tuned out this release and just kept on waiting for the wagon, faith in brand intact... -- Ted G.

Excellent another hideous car from Honda. This should be a real sales leader in the Early 40's Soccer Mom demographic. How about a legitimate replacement for the S2000 or NSX instead more garbage like this? -- Andrew C.
Ouch! But Honda's not going to take this kinda smack talk lying down, no sir. Read the official defense and vote in our poll after the jump.



Are you ready for it? Because here's what "Honda Crosstour" says in defense:
Also here is some quick info on why this car might be the right fit for you.

1. Accord doesnt have 4WD.
2. CR-V desnt have V6
3. Lower than CR-V , higher than Accord.
4. More room than Accord.
5. More aggressive looks than Sedan Accord and some might a......gree coupe.
6. Comes with 18inch wheels.
7. Fog Lights Standard
Oh snap! And the first response to that stinging rebuttal is, "Booooooo it looks waaaay uglier than the accord." But wait – there's more fun to be had. Check out this exchange when "Honda Crosstour" happily announces that it now has wallpapers for all the very unhappy "friends" to download.
If I had a wallpaper of this car I would have to find a way to clean VOMIT outta my keyboard. -- Matt Q.

We hear you bud. You made your point. Some people will enjoy this car and this is for them -- Honda

Blind people can't drive... Matt Q.

Guess it just goes to show that just because a corporation can take advantage of social networking doesn't mean then should. Or something. Because remember – this is Honda's "official" Crosstour page, and the "This car is hideous!" heat doesn't stop. Have a look for yourself. Hat tip to Andy B!



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  • 133 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with every single negative post.

      I have owned 2 Hondas. A very-very used 94 Accord Sedan, and an 02 Accord LX V6 Coupe.

      I love the 2002 Honda Accord LX Coupe. The V6 is great, maintenance costs are a pittance, and the styling is really very sleek for a 2002 car. The car's tail lights are controversial, but I really like the bold, angular approach.

      Naturally, I keep looking every year when they release new Hondas, and I keep hoping that maybe they're going to release something that will make me want to sell my 02. Not a single solitary car they have released in the past 7 years has appealed to me. The only one that came close was the RSX, but the quality of the 04 RSX my friend owns is actually inferior to my 2002 Accord.

      Did they outsource management decisions to Chrysler? Where is the company that made those quality, stylish cars? Is Honda here simply to parrot the product lineup of Toyota but without even an ounce of the design talent? not that Toyota makes anything I consider especially appealing, but in 2009 (and apparently 2010) they've outmaneuvered Honda.

      No one buys a car in LA for standard fog lamps. No one. People buy a car for design. Copying chunks of the current Accord and the Insight (cars no one even likes the design of) and configuring them on an ill-proportioned CUV is not a design. When you have the luxury to start from scratch, why would you copy and paste from a design language that just isn't working? This could have been the new flagship design standard --at least that's what I was hoping for. I wasn't going to buy a CUV, but I wanted it to at least show a new direction for the Accord line.

      I have seen exactly 1 Venza in Los Angeles since the product was launched. I anticipate I will see 1 Crosstour some time in a year or two. That's still 1 Crosstour too many.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The ONLY "good" angle of this mess is from underneath. I mean, this thing is a complete disaster.

      As a longtime Honda guy (got one of the first Accords back in 1976), I hated the latest Accord.....all pinched, bloated, creased and bulbous....concave, convex, what a complete mess of shapes........BUT........this is the absolute worst design since Pontiac's Aztek.

      I suggest vision care upgrades for the design department at Honda, domestically or overseas.

      Steve
      • 5 Years Ago
      egads! a hondaDodgeRam!! all the backwoods rednecks married to their cousin will be wantin one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      what i posted in response to their (somewhat) anomalous video:

      "the road is waiting, yes, but what are we to indulge the road with/in? the said crosstour? blasphemy.

      the road is far too sacrosanct to adulterate it with such a blemish of a car, a creature of a defunct imagination, an extrapolation of something that should have never been.

      this is - to keep it rather succinct - bad news. and with current acura products having been equally rendered, my next statement is somewhat predictable: honda, i'm losing hope. seriously."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Matt Q is my hero for the day :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      No matter how you say or spell it, this thing is U-G-L-Y!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks like a dinosaur's head.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Holy crap... it does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My god...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a fact that this car is ugly not an opinion.
      What else is funny, after about 10 seconds, i refreshed the page and there were another 100 votes for killing it with fire.
      Gonna be a long day for honda designers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, in just 30 seconds it went to 224 from 132. Honda this is a serious FAIL...
        • 5 Years Ago
        2 minutes later and its at 420 kill it with fire votes. Honda you suck big time. Now how about that NSX replacement?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, it went from 9 to 132 in 3 minutes lol. And I was thinking, "oh 9 isn't that bad" ha ha ha.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Holy jeze it now stands at 4600
      • 5 Years Ago
      Throw it back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda always points to their sales and says "see, people don't hate our styling." But those are people who buy IN SPITE of the looks. Imagine how many cars they could've sold?

      People like me want Hondas but can't buy them: I just can't drive an ugly, boring-looking car and that's all they make now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who designed this ugly monstrosity. Few years from now it'll be part of the top 50 ugly cars which includes the infamous Pontiac Aztek. Greg, I am glad you brought up the ZDX which further asks the question, why would you bastardize a decent design like ZDX concept to design the Crosstour.

      I think they should call it Honda Crossout, because buyers are going to cross it out from their list
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