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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

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$5,395 — $16,287 USED
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5 Seats
21-22 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Decent ride comfort
  • Responsive transmission
  • Large backseat
  • Rear cargo box
  • Easy-to-fold seats
  • High-rent leather upholstery

The Bad

  • Interior quality not up to $35K competitors
  • Relatively small cargo area
  • Limited rear visibility
  • Backseat doesn't adjust
  • Large turning circle
  • Uncompetitive towing capacity
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
  • All-new for 2010
  • Hatchback version of Accord sedan
  • Standard V-6
  • Available AWD
  • Large, controversial grille
  • Unique gauges and wood trim

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour.

By Kelsey Mays

The Honda Accord Crosstour, a hatchback offshoot of the Accord sedan that early web audiences suggest was struck — bludgeoned, really — by the ugly stick, delivers an Accord-like experience through and through. Fans of the sedan who need some extra cargo room might want to put it on their shortlist.

The masses may balk over the Crosstour’s looks, but I suspect the disdain will subside over time. I have bigger concerns: namely, that Honda makes the car out to be some sort of marriage between luxury and versatility. On each, it comes up short.

Honda positions the Crosstour up-market of the Accord sedan; the current-generation sedan was last redesigned for the 2008 model year. Its V-6 engine is standard in the Crosstour, as is a five-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels include the well-equipped EX and gussied-up EX-L. All-wheel drive, unavailable on the sedan, is optional on the Crosstour EX-L. I tested both the EX and EX-L.

Quite the Grilling
When Honda first released images of the Crosstour, it didn’t take long for web denizens — across Facebook, Twitter and blogs like our own Kicking Tires — to cry foul. Readers called the car “hideous,” “disgusting” and, my personal favorite, “a Crossturd.” Not long after Honda launched a Crosstour Facebook group, a rival page appeared: the New Accord Crosstour Haters’ Group. (It’s still a flyspeck, with 95 members as of Oct. 28. That same day the Crosstour page had 6,703 ...

The Honda Accord Crosstour, a hatchback offshoot of the Accord sedan that early web audiences suggest was struck — bludgeoned, really — by the ugly stick, delivers an Accord-like experience through and through. Fans of the sedan who need some extra cargo room might want to put it on their shortlist.

The masses may balk over the Crosstour’s looks, but I suspect the disdain will subside over time. I have bigger concerns: namely, that Honda makes the car out to be some sort of marriage between luxury and versatility. On each, it comes up short.

Honda positions the Crosstour up-market of the Accord sedan; the current-generation sedan was last redesigned for the 2008 model year. Its V-6 engine is standard in the Crosstour, as is a five-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels include the well-equipped EX and gussied-up EX-L. All-wheel drive, unavailable on the sedan, is optional on the Crosstour EX-L. I tested both the EX and EX-L.

Quite the Grilling
When Honda first released images of the Crosstour, it didn’t take long for web denizens — across Facebook, Twitter and blogs like our own Kicking Tires — to cry foul. Readers called the car “hideous,” “disgusting” and, my personal favorite, “a Crossturd.” Not long after Honda launched a Crosstour Facebook group, a rival page appeared: the New Accord Crosstour Haters’ Group. (It’s still a flyspeck, with 95 members as of Oct. 28. That same day the Crosstour page had 6,703 fans.)

The lightning rod seems to be the car’s grille, a supersized version of the Accord sedan’s. In most photos it looks pretty garish. Honda’s response: The Crosstour is bigger than the sedan, and in person that grille — and the rest of the car — doesn’t look so bad.

Honda’s right. In person, the Crosstour is not, in fact, ghastly. The brand’s recent design controversies — from the Ridgeline pickup truck to the Accord sedan — usually find eventual acceptance, mostly by dint of tens of thousands of those cars hitting the road. No doubt the same will become true of the Crosstour. But it’s still a very odd-looking creature. The nose is heavyset; the profile looks forced, with a bulbous tail and too much front overhang. I found the rear to be the lone good angle, so you may want to always park snout-in.

Dual tailpipes, chrome exterior appointments and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard. EX-L models add 18-inch wheels.

Moving Around
Accord fans will be happy to know the Crosstour is much the same to drive. The seating position is comparable — I sat back-to-back in the sedan and Crosstour and couldn’t tell an appreciable difference — and both cars share the same 3.5-liter V-6. The engine has decent grunt, but around town you may question whether there’s really 271 horsepower behind the grille. Acceleration comes smoothly enough, though it feels a few protein shakes shy of Toyota’s 3.5-liter Venza and a full training regimen short of the Nissan Murano — really this league’s Rocky Balboa.

Pressed hard, the Crosstour musters good highway passing power, though the engine sounds a bit raspy when doing so. At least front-wheel-drive models mask torque steer — where the steering wheel shimmies under hard acceleration — at all speeds.

Honda says the Crosstour’s five-speed automatic resists shifting during corners better than the sedan’s does. I didn’t notice any undue upshifts, and it doles out downshifts with little lag and no gear hunting. In the rush toward responsiveness, however, some of those shifts can feel a bit abrupt.

Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard, and the pedal elicits strong response. Honda tuned the Crosstour’s suspension for better comfort versus the sedan — itself on the firmer side of family cars — and the resulting ride should suit most drivers. I drove a Venza with 20-inch wheels back-to-back with a Crosstour wearing 18s, and ride comfort seemed about even. I also didn’t notice a marked difference in ride comfort between Crosstours with 17s versus 18s.

The steering wheel transmits a weighty, secure feel on the highway. Quick turns bring about some body roll, but it’s no worse than in the Venza. More vexing, particularly for city drivers, will be the Crosstour’s turning circle: At 40.2 feet, it’s on the wide side. The Venza turns in 39.1 feet; the Subaru Outback does 36.8 feet. Even with its largest available wheels, the Murano crossover tops out at 39.4 feet.

Rather than use the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive from Honda’s Acura division, which routes power to individual wheels to enhance handling, the Crosstour has a simpler on-demand all-wheel-drive system that sends power rearward only when the front wheels lose traction. Optional on the EX-L, it adds 183 pounds. I evaluated front- and all-wheel-drive Crosstours, and the extra weight doesn’t render a major difference in acceleration.

The EPA-estimated gas mileage is 18/27 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 17/25 mpg with all-wheel drive. Honda’s V-6 has a cylinder-deactivation feature to improve mileage, but if fuel efficiency ranks high on your priorities, the Venza and Outback both offer four-cylinder engines that get 3 or 4 mpg better overall. Why doesn’t Honda offer a four-cylinder Crosstour? The automaker says the mileage improvements from using the sedan’s 2.4-liter four-banger would have been too marginal to justify it. (In the sedan, the difference between the four-cylinder and V-6 amounts to 2 mpg.)

EPA Gas Mileage (Combined City/Highway, mpg)
Automatic transmissions
  AWD 2WD Fuel
Volkswagen Passat Wagon 25 Premium (recommended)
Subaru Outback 20 – 24 Regular
Audi A4 Avant 23 Premium (recommended)
Toyota Venza 21 – 23 22 – 24 Regular
Honda Accord Crosstour 20 21 Regular
BMW 328i Sports Wagon 20 21 Premium (required)
Nissan Murano 20 20 Premium (recommended)
Ford Edge 19 20 Regular
Volvo V70/XC70 18 21 Regular
Source: EPA data for 2010 models

The Luxury Problem
Relative to a Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima, the Accord sedan feels high-rent. But Honda priced the Crosstour closer to luxury-brand cars, and there isn’t enough that sets it apart from its modestly priced sedan counterpart. Move up the Crosstour trims and similar money can fetch a Volvo V70, Audi A4 Avant or BMW 328i Sports Wagon — relatively unadorned versions, to be sure, but cars all cut from a nicer cloth.

In that league, the Crosstour is, well, just an Accord. Plastic window pillars, cheap finishes below eye level, frosted gray trim — these can fly in a $23,000 family sedan. Not one that starts around $30,000. The Venza’s interior, in contrast, feels distinctly richer than those in the Camry and Crosstour. The Murano could pass for a model from Nissan’s Infiniti luxury brand. The Crosstour needs gussying, plain and simple.

What gussying Honda did do, at least, works. The Crosstour-specific blue gauge lighting looks sharp, and the leather upholstery in EX-L models feels suppler and better cushioned than the cowhide in the Accord sedan. Honda says it’s the same grade of leather but has a new pattern, with vertical seams instead of the sedan’s gathered look. Either way, it comes off as higher quality.

The front seats have good thigh support and plenty of adjustment range. Like the sedan, the Crosstour has impressive headroom and legroom in the backseat, and the seats sit high enough off the ground to be comfortable. The Venza and redesigned Subaru Outback offer comparable backseat room, but most entry-level luxury wagons — particularly the 328i Sports Wagon and A4 Avant — have fairly cramped backseats.

The Versatility Problem
All might be forgiven if the Crosstour presented a lot of versatility, but it falls short there, too. For starters, cargo volume suffers from the raked tail, which lops off a lot of room behind the rear seats. There’s more than you’d get in the trunk of an Accord sedan — and Honda says that with the seats down, the Crosstour can accommodate longer items than some of its major competitors — but relative to the range of wagon and crossover alternatives, the Crosstour still doesn’t offer a particularly spacious setup.

Cargo Volume Compared
  Base price Cargo behind 2nd row (cu. ft.) Cargo behind 1st row (cu. ft.)
Subaru Outback $22,995 34.3 71.4
Toyota Venza $26,275 34.4 70.1
Ford Edge $26,920 32.2 69.0
Nissan Murano $28,050 31.6 64.0
Volkswagen Passat Wagon $28,395 35.8 61.8
Honda Accord Crosstour $29,670 25.7 51.3
Volvo V70/XC70 $33,550 33.3 72.1
Audi A4 Avant $35,350 28.0 50.5
BMW 328i Sports Wagon $35,400 16.2 48.9
Source: Automaker data for 2010 models

The cargo area does have a few nifty tricks, among them an under-floor storage well and spring-loaded seats that fold down when you pull a handle in cargo area. But on the whole, the versatility story just doesn’t add up. Chunky D-pillars and a small rear window obscure visibility. The backseats in a number of competitors — including the Venza, Outback and Murano — can recline; the Crosstour’s does not. Honda says towing capacity tops out at 1,500 pounds. That’s 500 pounds more than the Accord sedan but well short of the Venza, Murano and Edge, which all tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Crosstour’s 6-inch ground clearance is 0.3 inches higher than the sedan’s, but it falls short of the Murano (7.4 inches), Venza (8.1) and Outback (8.7). That will matter to snow-conscious drivers.

Safety, Features & Pricing
The Crosstour has yet to be crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; its body style is different enough that the Accord sedan’s ratings do not apply. Standard features on the Crosstour include six airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

The $29,670 Crosstour EX comes well-equipped, with dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, a moonroof and a CD stereo with an MP3 jack. I’m flummoxed why $30,000 doesn’t get you a USB input for full iPod/MP3 connectivity — a feature fast becoming standard across cars of all stripes, including the Venza. In the Crosstour, USB connectivity requires stepping up to the $32,570 EX-L, which also adds heated leather seats, an upgraded stereo and larger wheels. A navigation system with a backup camera runs $2,200, while all-wheel drive runs $1,450. Both are available only on the EX-L, but you don’t need one to get the other.

Check all the factory options, and the Crosstour runs about $36,000.

Accord Crosstour in the Market
There are some cars that don’t add up at first — but a certain brand of likability emerges, defying plenty of other reasons to win you over. Case in point: The Infiniti EX35 we tested last month.

The Accord Crosstour is not one of those cars. Styling aside — because if you’ve read this far, it clearly isn’t an issue — the pieces just don’t fall into place. It’s not particularly grin-inducing to drive or sit in. I question the cargo area’s Home Depot capacities. It’s expensive. That elusive sense of likability? I’m still waiting for it.

Honda has a strong contender in the Accord sedan, and the Crosstour may still work for Accord faithful who want more cargo room and can’t bear to consider anything else. For the premium Honda charges, though, I have a tough time justifying its draw versus all the other wagon-things you could get.

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Consumer Reviews

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Reliability
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(4.7)

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by Darcie from Kyle on July 2, 2019

The car has been so reliable, comfortable, great family vehicle. I am still surprised what you can fit into a crosstour with the back seats down. You can use the hidden compartment as an ice chest, ... Read full review

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This has been the best car I’ve owned so far.

by Sprice from Spartanburg sc on May 18, 2019

Overall best car for speed, comfort, & Dependability. The only small issue I had was the ability to see cars beside me. I added two small mirrors to the side mirrors and problem solved Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Accord Crosstour received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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