Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Honda Accord Crosstour 2010

Modern Styling

A streamlined tailgate and sleek lines tell you that this is a whole new kind of Accord

Big Where It Counts

Born from the Accord, the Accord Crosstour is wider, longer and taller. From big 18-inch alloy wheels (EX-L) to the bold front grille, it makes a statement.

The heart of Honda’s Accord lineup is its strong selling four cylinder models. Yet the Crosstour is available only with V6 power. Why? The Crosstour is positioned at the very top of the Accord food chain—plus we’d guess the wagon’s extra 300 pounds over a comparable Accord Sedan require more gusto to move than the four can provide. So under the hood is a 271 hp 3.5-liter V6 with 254 lb-ft of torque paired solely to a five-speed automatic with a new rev-matching downshift feature. The V6 has Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system, like the 2009 Honda Pilot so it can choose to run the engine on 3, 4 or 6-cylinder operation to optimize fuel usage.

Not surprisingly, the Honda Accord Crosstour is based on, wait for it, the Honda Accord’s chassis. The wheelbase is within a tenth of an inch of the sedan, but the Crosstour is 2.5-inches longer. The modifications to the Accord platform are minimal, with unique springs and dampers and a constant ratio hydraulic steering rack replacing the variable unit. The Crosstour also has a more powerful brake system with two-piston calipers upfront and larger rear discs.
Front wheel drive comes standard, but Honda does offer the wintertime security of all-wheel drive. Speaking of rough road capability, all Crosstours offer 6 inches of ground clearance, which doesn’t sound particularly impressive right? Here’s why: The measurement is taken at the aerodynamic fins (Honda calls “strakes”) just ahead of the front wheels. Take the tape underneath the car to the differentials, and the measurement is a more dirt road friendly 8.1 inches—just like the Toyota Venza.

Inside, the Crosstour has the same basic interior as the Accord—which is no bad thing. The top-range, EX-L Navi ($34,770 in front-drive trim and $36,220 with all-wheel drive) models we drove came with 18-inch wheels and felt upscale with a broad plank of wood across the dash and comfy and supportive heated leather seats. The rear seats fold flat for maximum cargo hauling. With those seats up, you can fit 25.7 cu-ft. of stuff behind them. Fold the seats down; via the handy levers in the cargo area, and you can pile 51.3 cu-ft of gear into the Crosstour. The Toyota Venza can swallow 34.4 cu-ft with the seats up and 70.1 with them folded down. And the Venza comes with reclining rear seat—a feature Honda lacks. The Honda’s cargo area has a few smart touches, including a washable pullout box beneath the floor. The Toyota has far less usable under floor storage because the spare tire and jack take up a portion of that area. Honda hides its spare underneath the chassis.

Engine Type V-6 V-6
Engine Block/Cylinder Head Aluminum-Alloy Aluminum-Alloy
Displacement (cc) 3471 3471
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 271 @ 6200 271 @ 6200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 254 @ 5000 254 @ 5000
Bore and Stroke (mm) 89 x 93 89 x 93
Compression Ratio 10.5 : 1 10.5 : 1
Redline 6800 6800
Valve Train 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC® 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®
Multi-Point Fuel Injection Standard Standard
Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System Standard Standard
Real Time™ 4-Wheel Drive   Available
Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) Standard Standard
Active Sound Control Standard Standard
CARB Emissions Rating ULEV-2[1]  ULEV-2[1] 
Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer Standard Standard
100K +/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-Ups[2]  Standard Standard
5-Speed Automatic Transmission Standard Standard
Gear Ratios: 1st: 2.697, 2nd: 1.606, 3rd: 1.071, 4th: 0.766, 5th: 0.612, Reverse: 1.889 Final Drive Ratio: 4.533    
Unit-Body Construction Standard Standard
Double Wishbone Front Suspension Standard Standard
Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension Standard Standard
Stabilizer Bar (mm, front/rear) 2WD (4WD) 27.2 / 14.0 27.2 / 14.0 (27.2 / 15.0)
Front Shock Tower Bar Standard Standard
Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock 2.76 2.76
Steering Ratio 15.2 15.2
Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb (ft) 40.2 40.2
Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Solid Rear Disc Brakes (in) 11.7 / 12.0 11.7 / 12.0
Wheels 17" Alloy 18" Alloy
All-Season Tires 225/65 R17 102T 225/60 R18 100H

The Drive

It’s hard not to compare the Accord Crosstour to the Toyota Venza—especially since Honda had a fleet of Venza’s for us to drive back to back. On the seaside roads of Rancho Palos Verdes near Honda’s Torrance headquarters, we took the Crosstour on driving loops high above the pacific. The Honda is most notable for the traits it lacks. There is not a trucky bone in this crossover’s body. On the sliding scale between car and crossover, the Crosstour is two or three notches closer to “car” than the Venza.

The Honda’s driving position is very similar to the Accord sedan and feels much lower than the more typical crossover seating position of the Venza. The Crosstour’s ride is smooth and firm, firmer than the last Accord sedan we remember driving, with crisp responses to the steering input. The Crosstour feels relatively light on its feet compared to the Venza, with more precise steering and a sportier overall demeanor. The Honda drives smaller than it actually is, which might make it a less intimidating choice for those that have to contend with tight urban streets.

Climb into the back seats, and it’s again the Honda that is more car-like. The seats and the view out the front are just like an Accord sedan. The Venza’s taller rear seats created more legroom, at least in our informal test. And we did appreciate the Venza’s reclining seat feature. There appears to be less headroom for rear seat passengers in the Accord Crosstour.

We did not have a chance to test fuel economy, but when you compare an automatic V6 front-drive Accord Crosstour to a similarly equipped Venza, the mileage differences are minimal. Venza returns 19-mpg city and 26-mpg highway, while the Crosstour delivers 18-mpg city and 27 mpg on the highway. It’s unlikely that these vehicles would be used for frequent towing chores, but it’s worth noting that the Crosstour can only handle 1500 pounds of trailer—a V6 Venza is rated for 3500 pounds.

The new Accord Crosstour features the same impressive level of safety technology found in every Accord.
Active Systems: Control

To help keep you on course and away from danger, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) helps sense oversteer or understeer in an emergency situation, and then adjusts brake pressure at each wheel and/or reduces engine power to help restore driver control. Standard 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), help you maintain control during hard braking. Properly inflated tires are crucial for safe operation, so the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)[2] alerts the driver when a tire's pressure reaches a significantly low level.

Passive Systems: Protection
The Crosstour has been engineered to help protect you and your passengers when a collision just cannot be avoided. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure disperses frontal crash energy over a wide area, helping to keep it away from passengers.
Airbags and More
Standard front, front side and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor help reduce the likelihood of injuries in a collision. Driver’s and front passenger's active head restraints help reduce the likelihood of whiplash injuries in a sufficient rear impact.



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