• Oct 27, 2009
While we were in Japan last week for the Tokyo Motor Show, at least two American Honda officials expressed interest in bringing the automaker's Fit-based Freed MPV to the U.S. market. However, as we strolled the streets of Tokyo's Ginza district, another thought occurred to us when a JDM Odyssey passed by. Back in the Nineties, the original Odyssey was sold in Japan and the U.S. as Honda's first crack at a minivan. For the second generation, the Nippon and U.S.-market cars diverged as Honda realized American buyers wanted something larger, so the original model continued to evolve in Japan, eventually resulting in an all-new model for 2008.

During the time since Honda's original Odyssey departed American showrooms, the North American market has also evolved, with the crossover segment emerging as an increasingly sizable piece of the pie. Enter the 2010 Accord Crosstour. While most people have only seen photos of the new Crosstour to date, the lion's share of the public's reaction has been charitably categorizable as "less than favorable." To be fair, however, we won't know if Honda made the right call until the model's sales results begin to come in.

Lest we forget, in addition to the JDM Odyssey, Honda also offers a more traditional Accord Tourer (read: "wagon") available overseas, and it's a model that many commenters on both this website and Honda's own Crosstour Facebook page have noted and expressed a preference for. In the case of the Odyssey, the JDM vehicle has arguably become more like a CUV than a minivan, what with its four traditionally-hinged doors and a lower roof than past iterations. The front end styling draws directly on the FCX Clarity, another car-based design cue.

Although it would be premature to judge the value of a model before consumers get the chance determine its success or failure, it sounds like many of you are already wondering whether Honda made the right decision. If you have some initial thoughts, drop your fellow commenter a line and be sure to take our poll after the jump – and we'll keep an eye on sale figures!



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Accord Tourer or JDM Odyssey for sure. They look pretty good. Honda needed to get into the traditional wagon segment. But nooo, they had to be unique- *Crosstour* blech
      • 5 Years Ago
      i think the Accord wagon should come over as the Acura TSX sportwagon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      City bus would be my pick.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man....I never notched how much Honda's look alike....



      put some thought into your designs honda....the only thing that looks decent to me from the whole honda lineup is the Civic Si.


      I cold care less for any of these ugly cars. I want some powerful and RWD....which Honda doesn't have at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ive always been a fan of their Accord Wagon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        JDM Accord Tourer for me, please. It is an attractive car and has far more utility than the CrossTurd.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would go place an order right away if Honda decides to sell it here. Without that ugly Acura grill, of course.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't the JDM Odyssey look like the "spy shots" of the 2010 US Odyssey that has been floating around? Proportions seem about the same.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Accord Wagon by far in that comparison.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I spoke with a Honda advertising person ( a worker-dude) at an IndyCar event and she said that I fit the demographics for the Crosstour: Newly retired, active, empty-nester, needing to carry "stuff" home from the big box stores or across the country. Ummm, no, says me, I'd much prefer the Accord Tourer. Ummm no, she still indicated I'd be a better fit in the Crosstour. Hmmm again: Bigger, heavier, worse gas mileage than the way-oversized Accord. I wish Honda well, having owned six Honda and Acura products over the last 23 years, but they had better get it together soon. Meanwhile, my '01 TL has only 126K miles so I'll patiently wait for the Tourer.
      AirMarine
      • 5 Years Ago
      In my humble opinion Honda has made a stratigic marketing mistake.
      The decision to bring the Crosstour to market will be a failure. No one
      here in the USA wants a Big Hatchback!! Instead Honda should quickly
      switch and bring the Fantastic JDM Odyssey to the USA market. A sporty
      racy looking real crossover would be very successful! In fact I tried to
      import one from Japan, but they only come with Right Hand Drive so I
      decided that would not be a smart purchase as I might have a hard time
      selling it when I wanted to buy my next vehicle.
      Come on Honda Get It Right!!! Bring on The JDM Odyssey in the USA!
      A retired AirMarine
      • 5 Years Ago
      moot point because Honda doesn't listen to US consumers; rather they tell us what we want. I rememebr once upon a time a little company called GM started doing that....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah, I'd argue that monstrosities like the Pontiac Aztec (and the Honda Crosstour) come from listening to 'the people' and surveys a little too closely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tou-f*cking-che!

        Crosstour sucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Many big Japanese companies are like that. They don't listen to their customers. Instead, they just sell you what they think is good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see and possible get the Honda Accord Crosstour. It really is just the car I was looking for. I really don't get where people think it's ugly. I'm getting slightly worried about my taste - but on the other hand, I've always never really cared what others think. Now the PT Cruiser, THAT thing is ugly. Who wants to own a Funeral Hearse? I don't need a big SUV, I love my current Honda Accord Coupe with it's V6 engine. I just, at times in my life, needed more room for big items to fit in the trunk. Now I don't have to worry about that with the Crosstour.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My first vote would be for the Accord Tourer, but that would likely come over as an Acura TSX. For Honda, the JDM Odyssey is a much nicer vehicle than the Crosstour. And it would quickly go to the top of my list.
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