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The Crosstour isn't a luxury vehicle — that's the domain of Honda's Acura brand — but it isn't ugly on the inside. Our test model came with leather seats that look nice and feel substantial. The same goes for the switches, steering wheel and gearshift: They all feel solid, not like flimsy add-ons.
There are a couple of off-putting things inside, though. The center control panel has an intimidating array of buttons and switches, but I was able to get used to it more quickly than in other cars with similar layouts. It's helpful that Honda uses large, clear letters and icons to indicate what the different controls do.
What I couldn't get used to was the navigation system's poor graphics. Is this flaw the end of the world? No, but if I'm paying more money for something like a navigation system, I'd like it to look nice — or at least to have better graphics than an Atari 2600.
The Crosstour isn't designed to blow you away with sporty performance, but I found its power around town to be adequate. The same goes on the highway: It gets the job done. One shortcoming is a lack of midrange response from the transmission; it took longer than I wanted to kick down gears.
The steering and brakes are similarly unobtrusive. The steering is light enough for parking lots but doesn't get light and twitchy at highway speeds. The brakes are on the light side, though, which took awhile to get used to. They don't really grab the car and slam it to a halt; they're more squishy. It's the kind of thing you get used to the more you drive it, but if you're accustomed to the aggressive brakes of the Accord, the Crosstour will disappoint.
There was no wind noise I could discern, which is somewhat surprising given the Crosstour's bulk. This thing was silent on the highway.
The best word to describe the Crosstour's performance is "pleasant." It gets you where you need to go and doesn't raise a fuss while doing so, but it won't give you driving thrills.
Changes to the Crosstour
The Crosstour began its life as the Accord Crosstour in 2010. For the 2012 model year, it dropped the "Accord" from its name and added automatic headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and, most importantly, a backup camera.
Safety, Reliability & Mileage
The Crosstour is predicted to have better than average reliability. It receives the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest rating — Good — in frontal offset, side-impact and rear crash protection tests. It's rated Marginal (one step above the institute's lowest rating of Poor) in roof-strength tests.
The Crosstour is available with front- and all-wheel drive. Both versions get 18 mpg in the city, but front-wheel-drive versions return 27 mpg on the highway, compared with 26 mpg for all-wheel drive.
Crosstour in the Market
Overall, the Crosstour is fairly good at providing the space and cargo capacity of an SUV in a car. But you have to really want a car.
That's because the Crosstour doesn't provide the high view of the road that an SUV does, and, ultimately, I don't think the cargo area is as versatile as an SUV's. With a sticker price that starts around $30,000, you're passing up a lot of competitors that offer more utility and more fun.
It's not so much that the Crosstour is a bad car, it's more that others are better. Some smaller SUVs offer more overall room, and there are other tall wagons on the market, ranging from the Toyota Venza to more luxurious (and more expensive) offerings like the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz R-Class. Cross-shopping any of those cars will help you decide if the Crosstour will do all you need to be satisfied.
Car Luggage volume (cu.ft.) Max luggage volume (cu.ft.)
2012 Crosstour 25.7 51.3
2012 CR-V 37.2 70.9
2012 Pilot 47.7 *87.0
*With standard third-row seat folded; volume behind third row is 18 cu. ft.
Starting MSRP: $30,340–$34,440
Highway: 26 – 27
271-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
5-speed automatic w/OD
New or Notable
• Wagon version of Accord sedan
• Standard V-6
• Available AWD
• Seats five
• Large, controversial grille
What We Like
• Responsive transmission
• Large backseat
• Rear cargo box
• Easy-to-fold seats
• High-rent leather upholstery
What We Don't
• Overall interior quality not up to competitors