Last month – its best sales performance to date – 2,587 people drove the odd-looking hatchwagon home. Recently, we took delivery of our own Crosstour EX-L tester, loaded-up with all-wheel drive and navigation, to see how we felt about spending a week with Honda's latest experiment.
To some extent, she's right. Not to damn it with faint praise, but from certain angles, the Accord Crosstour is genuinely not bad to look at. It's weird that way. The front three-quarter view actually has a jacked-up sportiness to it, as the fastback roof profile tapers gracefully, and the car's bulbous fanny is hidden from view. From the side, Honda's attempt to grab the Accord Coupe's jaunty visual mojo and apply it to a four-door body (well, five-door, but you get the gist) is plainly evident.
Rear-seat passengers have little, if anything, to complain about. It's spacious back there, with ample legroom even for taller passengers. The Crosstour's aggressively-sloped roofline belies a surprising amount of backseat headroom, too. Average-sized adults will have no problems whatsoever, and even tall folks should find it surprisingly accommodating. If you have kids, mounting a baby seat or booster (or both) is no biggie. The Crosstour lives right up to the Accord moniker's family-car reputation. Our tester's all-black interior will doubtless be popular with many buyers, but we thought it contributed to a somewhat cavelike ambiance. If it were us forking over the as-tested price of $36,930 (the Crosstour ain't exactly cheap), we'd be sure to pick an exterior color that allows the Ivory interior to be selected. We've looked at Crosstours so equipped, and in our opinion, the cabin has a cheerier feel and a more premium (read: expensive-looking) visual impact with the lighter seats and trim.
If you're buying a Crosstour for its voluminous cargo capacity, you should probably check your research, since it trails pretty much every conceivable rival in this regard. Behind the back seats, you get 25.7 cubic feet of space; flipping down the second-row seats boosts total cargo room up to 51.3 cubic feet. But, the competition wins this battle pretty handily. Even some compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue come out ahead in terms of the cargo volume numbers game, thanks to their boxier styling.
Ultimately, if you want to compare it to something reasonably similar, the Toyota Venza is the roomier and more stylish choice, but the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour delivers the clearly superior behind-the-wheel experience. We'd happily road-trip one of these, even though we'd have to bring less stuff along for the ride. If you can get past its (extremely) polarizing styling and the lower cargo capacity that comes with it, the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour is eminently capable. Enjoyable, even. Is this the Accord wagon so many of us hoped for? No. Instead, it's probably the best Accord hatchback ever. Pity it's not the best-looking one, too.