2011 Honda Accord Crosstour Review
The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour is easy to drive, but reviewers say its price and limited utility mean it’s not as easy to live with as some competitors.
The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour is a mix of station wagon, sedan and crossover. While Honda was trying to mix the three car types to get their best features into a single package, most reviewers think the Crosstour misses the mark. Edmunds says “the quest to offer a little of everything keeps the Crosstour from doing anything really well. When you compare the 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour to top compact crossover SUVs, its shortcomings are readily apparent. In nearly every case, these alternatives outpace the Crosstour in utility and convenience, while still driving more like a car than a truck. Many of these models also have lower base pricing.”
The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour’s price is a major sticking point for reviewers. While upper trims are well-equipped, a few complain about materials that are only average quality in the base model. Though the Accord Crosstour has car-like performance, which should be a selling point, reviewers say that its extra girth taxes its Accord sedan platform to the point that the Crosstour is a snooze to drive. The Accord Crosstour has a sloping rear hatch, which reviewers not only find ugly, but also cuts into cargo space. Overall, while reviewers admit that the Crosstour may work for shoppers who value passenger space over budget and cargo carrying abilities, they overwhelmingly recommend that you check out the competition.
Other SUVs/Wagons to Consider
The 2011 Subaru Outback not only costs much less than the Accord Crosstour, but it also has standard all-wheel drive, more cargo space and better fuel economy. It’s also possible to option the Outback with enough features to make it just as upscale as the upper trims of the Accord Crosstour, but still save money.
Though the 2011 Toyota Venza is more crossover than wagon, it shares a lot of similarities with the Accord Crosstour. The Venza is based on the Toyota Camry sedan, and the Accord Crosstour is based on the Honda Accord sedan, a direct competitor of the Camry. However, while reviewers complain about the Accord Crosstour’s price and utility, the Venza wins praise for its price, utility and upscale feel. Several reviewers consider the Venza a much better option than the Accord Crosstour.
Details: Honda Accord Crosstour
The 2011 Accord Crosstour comes as the base EX trim or the more upscale EX-L. All wheel drive is available only on EX-L models. A V6 engine is standard. For 2011, the Accord Crosstour sees few changes.
- "While the car packs a lot of content, that seems a bit pricey to us, especially considering you can get into a V-6 Murano and Edge for several thousand dollars less." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The Crosstour also loses out to its main competitors: the similarly conceived and sized Subaru Outback and Toyota Venza. Both hold more gear and are available in more affordable versions with four-cylinder engines. All things considered, it'll take a special type of Goldilocks to gravitate toward the 2011 Honda Crosstour's unique (if not polarizing) styling and marginal appeal over many other choices."--Edmunds
- "What we are sure of is this is one delightful car to drive, as well as a lot more useful than the Accord sedan." -- Motor Trend
- "If absolute utility is the main criteria for selecting one of these tall wagons, the Toyota Venza offers more cargo capacity and greater hauling capability in a taller crossover package.”-- Popular Mechanics
- "We hate to belabor the point, but since Honda themselves brought specific challengers into the equation, it bears noting: Apples-to-apples, the competition is cheaper." -- Autoblog