MPG-o-Matic 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Review Summary: The 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour delivers a sleek, unique, well-mannered and comfortable alternative to conventional SUVs and more pedestrian Crossovers. An aerodynamic design and an i-VTEC V6 with Variable Cylinder Management allow light-footed drivers to crush the official highway mileage estimates. With a plenty of storage space and a comprehensive electronics package the Crosstour is a solid choice to replace a larger and less thrifty vehicle.
The 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour is available in both front-wheel and four-wheel-drive. All Crosstours are equipped with a SOHC 3.5-liter 24-valve V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The i-VTEC V6 produces 271 horsepower (HP) and 254 foot pounds of torque.
The official fuel economy estimates for the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour are 18 city / 27 highway miles per gallon with front wheel drive and 17 city/ 25 highway with four-wheel-drive version.
We traveled roughly 400 miles in our top-of-the-line four-wheel-drive EX-L Nav-equipped Alabaster Silver Metallic review unit and vanquished the official mileage estimates, scoring an average of 32.3 MPG on the Interstate highway and 24.5 MPG combined, with temperatures ranging from the sixties through the mid-nineties. Interstate highway testing temperatures were in the mid-to-high seventies.
The test vehicle was delivered with under 6000 miles on the odometer. EX-L models are equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels and low-rolling-resistance Michelin Latitude Tour HP 225/60 R18 all-season tires, while EX models are fitted with 17-inch alloys and Bridgestone Dueler H/T 470 225/65 R17 all-season tires.
Interstate Mileage Testing:
- Cruise control set to 68 MPH, A/C off, windows up: 31.7 MPG
- Cruise control off, target speed 60-72 MPH, A/C off, windows up: 32.9 MPG
The Crosstour’s sleek design and the V6’s Variable Cylinder Management system deliver a high level of efficiency out on the open road. At steady-state cruising, the VCM system shuts down one bank of the V6 and the Crosstour motors along happily on just a trio of cylinders. The engine switches to four-cylinder mode when a bit more power is needed and to all six cylinders under heavy acceleration. Active Sound Control delivers noise canceling sound waves through the sound system, while Active Engine Mounts compensate for any additional vibration.
Highway driving range is good. All 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour models are fitted with an 18.5 gallon fuel tank and are engineered to run on 87 octane regular unleaded fuel.
The front-wheel-drive EX version weighs in at 3852 pounds, while the EX-L’s curb weight tips 3887 pounds with front-wheel-drive and 4070 pounds in four-wheel-drive form.
All 2010 Honda Accord Crosstours are equipped with four-wheel power-assisted ABS disc brakes (11.7-inch ventilated front rotors 12-inch solid rear rotors). The 4WD Crosstour uses a real time hydraulically actuated 4WD system that sends power to the rear wheels when the front wheels lose grip.
A simple Eco indicator light, along with average fuel economy and real-time fuel economy displays provide the feedback needed to adopt a light-footed driving style to get the most out of every gallon of fuel.
The Crosstour’s ride is smooth and quiet, with handling a bit more sporty than one might expect from an Accord.
The cabin is comfortable and well-equipped. The Crosstour’s leather-wrapped steering wheel has integrated audio, Bluetooth, and cruise controls. Bluetooth integration includes phonebook downloads.
Front bucket seats provide two-level heating. The driver’s seat features 10-way power adjustment (with two-position memory) and two-way power lumbar support.
The optional navigation system’s LCD screen is recessed deeply in the dash to avoid glare. The system provides voice recognition, restaurant ratings, calculator and calendar features. The backup camera display and reverse gear tilt-down side mirrors eases parking chores.
The 7-speaker 6-disc 360-watt sound system provides comprehensive USB iPod support. USB and auxiliary audio ports are tucked inside the center console. XM Radio is standard in the EX-L.
There are three twelve-volt outlets: one at the base of the dash, one inside the center console, and one in the cargo area.
Friends and family won’t squawk about riding in the spacious back seat. Despite the sloping roof, the Crosstour provides 37.2 inches of rear seat headroom. A one touch moonroof is standard in the EX-L.
Although it lacks a power liftgate, the Crosstour aced our Costco trek test. Lowering the rear seats is quick and easy. The Crosstour provides 25.7 cubic feet of cargo area with the 60/40 rear seats up and 51.3 cubic feet of cargo area with the rear seats folded down. There are three underfloor storage compartments.
All-in-all, the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour delivers a sleek, unique, well-mannered and comfortable alternative to conventional SUVs and more pedestrian Crossovers. It’s been said that Europeans appreciate the virtues of station wagons – which they refer to as Touring models – far more than Americans. The name Crosstour is clearly a combination of Crossover and Touring … and perhaps a hint of what’s to come.
Honda Accord Crosstour Parts Content Information
US/Canadian Parts Content: 75%
Major Sources of Foreign Parts Content: Japan – 15%
Final Assembly Point: East Liberty, OH
Country of Origin:
Engine – United States
Transmission – United States
– by Daniel Gray
July 11th, 2010
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