This Crosstour is my first Honda and not likely my last. It's the first car I have ever owned that I have caught people walking around and looking at in the parking lot as I approach (happened three t...
This Crosstour is my first Honda and not likely my last. It's the first car I have ever owned that I have caught people walking around and looking at in the parking lot as I approach (happened three times in three months), looking at the car as they drive by, and commenting at the drive-thru window on how great the car looks. And no, they aren't staring in disgust -- they love the looks of the car. So, the reviews that I read before buying this car that trashed its styling are as far off-base in terms of actual human reaction to the looks of the car as could be.
The car handles very well, although it's no speed demon. It's acceleration is fine, don't get me wrong, but its styling suggests a more aggressive power plant. However, I am more grateful for the better gas mileage than I lament the lack of blow-me-into-the-back-seat power. As far as gas mileage, I am averaging 26.4 with 75% of my first 7,000 miles being highway driving. Not bad, but not great.
The only complaint I have is the lack of a driver-information center that includes fuel consumption and mileage information. It seems that a car with an electronic display (monochrome) for temperature, compass heading, and audio information should at least be able to tell you your average mileage, remaining miles to empty, fuel used, etc. Also, the outside temp can only be displayed at the expense of the odometer reading or trip odometer. Kind of lame.
The seats are very comfortable, the leather is good quality, the layout of the instruments is fine, and the organization of the climate control and audio is pretty good (although a bit two spread out for me). The back seat is very rooming and comfortable, but there should be a power outlet (preferably an AC outlet) for the iPod and phone users. Speaking of iPods, the usb connection is great to have, but its location in the bottom, back portion of the center console is puzzling and awkward. The sound system is surprisingly good, by the way -- best sound system of any car I've owned.
What I am most confused by, however, is the attempts to label this vehicle in such a way as to suggest it is a crossover. It's not. Quite simply, this is a large four-door hatchback with elevated ground clearance, large wheels and 4WD (on my model). It has far more in common with an Accord than with a Pilot. It's a car, it's a car, it's a car. Nothing else, but a really, really cool looking car that is very enjoyable to drive.