For 2010, the Accord gains a wagon version dubbed Crosstour; it's the first Accord with a rear hatch since Honda dropped the Accord wagon in the car's 1998 redesign. That was two decades ago, and now there are competitors like the Subaru Outback and recently introduced Toyota Venza for Honda's wagon.
The Accord Crosstour comes in front- or all-wheel drive. Unlike the Venza and Outback, which offer both four- and six-cylinder engines, the Crosstour has only a V-6. Trim levels include the EX and EX-L.
Controversial styling isn't usually a Honda thing — the automaker has shifted its riskiest designs to its Acura luxury brand — but the Crosstour is sure to stir up plenty of it. A massive grille dominates the front. The grille is far bigger than the Accord sedan's and gives the headlights a squinting look that recalls Honda's smaller Civic sedan. In back, the rear body panels coalesce at a black panel below the rear window — not unlike the Insight hybrid.
Dual tailpipes are standard. Rather than use the Accord sedan's clear-lens taillamps, the Crosstour has traditional red lamps. Along the side, a rising crease and chrome door handles resemble similar elements on the sedan.
The Crosstour's five-seat interior doesn't stray from the Accord's. A broad center panel houses climate and stereo controls, and the two-tier dashboard slopes gently toward the windshield. The Crosstour adopts the Accord coupe's three-spoke steering wheel rather than the sedan's four-spoke wheel. Its gauges also have blue backlighting; most other Accords have white illumination.
The cargo area offers levers to release the 60/40-split backseat; there's also a large storage box under the load floor. A reversible panel — one side is carpeted, the other is hard plastic — sits atop it.
The EX comes standard with a moonroof, power front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. EX-L models add heated leather upholstery and USB/iPod stereo connectivity; a navigation system with a backup camera is optional.
Under the Hood
The Accord sedan's 3.5-liter V-6 is standard on the Accord Crosstour. It makes 271 horsepower and 254 pounds-feet of torque and pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.
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