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UPDATE: The 2011 Honda Accord CrossTour

Honda's NEW 2011 Crosstour

The 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour’s styling is a carbon copy of the 2010 model’s. Crosstour is a four-door hatchback with a trendy coupe-like roofline. It’s based on the underbody structure of the midsize Accord sedan and shares the car’s basic dashboard design and cabin décor.

Crosstour doesn’t have an SUV-tall step-in height but does ride higher than the Accord sedan and has a more commanding seating position.

Its wheelbase – the distance between the front and rear axles – is virtually identical to the sedan’s. And though the body bears an Accord-family resemblance it’s designed to convey a more powerful presence. Crosstour is slightly wider and longer than the Accord sedan and is a significant 8 inches taller, for much more interior volume.

This is a commodious passenger compartment outfitted in high-quality materials. Crosstour’s hatch lid lifts to reveal 25.7 cubic feet of nicely finished cargo space, double Accord’s trunk. There’s 51.3 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded, but similarly sized competitors with less-slanted tailgate shapes, such as the Toyota Venza and Subaru Outback, have more than 60 cubic feet of cargo space.

Exterior Features :The Crosstour is a four-door hatchback with a roofline that resembles that of a coupe. The wheelbase is virtually identical to the Accord sedan, though the body is somewhat wider and, of course, taller as well.

Standard 17” or 18” wheels come on the Crosstour as do foglights and a sunroof. Though the look of the Crosstour is little like the Accord sedan, drivers will have no difficutly recognizing this vehicle from the inside.

Interior Features: The inside of the Crosstour gives a commanding ride height which is nice, interior room is quite large for all persons concerned, but cargo is another matter entirely. Lifting the hatch shows off the Crosstour’s 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space which is larger than the Accord’s, yes, but compared to other crossover SUVs, is quite small.

Otherwise, the interior is built much like a Honda Accord, and includes high-quality materials. There may be a little confusion in all of the buttons included in the center stack but if the optional navigation system is purchased, its voice command capabilities are quite nice.

Performance: Crosstour borrows Accord’s most powerful engine and fortifies its suspension to support an additional 300 pounds of curb weight (an additional 500 pounds with AWD). A four-cylinder engine isn’t consistent with Honda’s initial positioning of the Crosstour, so the 2011 model returns with a 3.5-liter V-6 as its sole engine.

It has 271 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque and is equipped with Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management system, which automatically runs it on three or four cylinders to save gas in low-stress situations. Honda reserves six-speed automatic transmissions for cars from its premium Acura division, leaving the 2011 Crosstour to repeat with a five-speed automatic.

This transmission lacks manual-gear-control via a separate shifter gate or steering wheel paddles but does benefit from Honda’s new shift-logic programming for better engine-speed management, particularly during cornering.

Honda has made a Fantastic model for 2011!

Like the Accord, Crosstour has front-wheel drive, but unlike the car, it’s available with all-wheel drive. While Venza makes AWD available even on its lowest-priced four-cylinder model, Honda reserves it as an extra-cost feature for the top-line Crosstour EX-L. Typical of a crossover AWD system, Crosstour’s defaults to front-wheel drive but can automatically shuffle power between front and rear wheels to sustain traction.

The 2011 Crosstour has an SUV-credible 8.1 inches of ground clearance (a couple of aero-enhancing plastic tabs below the front bumper hang lower), but it isn’t designed for off-road use. Towing capacity is a modest 1,500 pounds. In all, Crosstour drives and rides like the slightly inflated Accord that it is – and that’s a good thing.

Alert V-6 acceleration and athletic road manners distinguish Accord among midsize sedans and the same virtues help Crosstour drive with more precision than midsize crossovers with more conventional-SUV styling and the taller center of gravity that entails.

Specifications: For 2011, the Crosstour will essentially carry over many of its features from the previous year with a few styling differences. Basic specs are expected to be as follows:

  • Pricing: MSRP of just under $30,000.
  • Engine: The 2011 Accord Crosstour will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 271 horsepower.
  • Transmission: Five-speed automatic.
  • Fuel Economy: The EPA estimates for the 2010 Crosstour should carry over for the 2011 at 18/27 miles per gallon city/highway.
  • Acceleration: Acceleration is…sufficient at 7.5 seconds.
  • Car Safety Features: Perfection is the order of the day in this category. The 2010 Accord Crosstour scored a perfect five out of five stars across the line in government crash tests. In the rollover category, the Crosstour only managed a still passable four out of five stars.
  • Warranty: Honda’s warranty is for 3-years/36,000 miles

Safety Features

  • 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
  • Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
  • Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
  • Front Side Airbags with Passenger-Side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
  • Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Active Head Restraints
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Four-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Side-Impact Door Beams
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)


  • 271-hp, 3.5-Liter, i-VTEC® V-6 Engine
  • Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®)
  • Active Sound Control
  • Fog Lights
  • Double Wishbone Front and Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Illuminated Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio and Cruise Controls
  • One-Touch Power Moonroof
  • Heated Power Side Mirrors
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Driver’s Seat with 10-Way Power Adjustment, including Power Lumbar Support
  • Front Passenger’s Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment
  • 360-Watt Audio System with 6-Disc In-Dash CD Player
  • MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Hidden Removable Utility Box
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Front Side Airbags
  • Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Active Head Restraints


Technical Features

  • 271-hp, 3.5-Liter, 24-Valve, SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 Engine
  • Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®)
  • Real Time™ 4-Wheel Drive
  • 100K +/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-Ups
  • ULEV-2 Emissions Rating
  • Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System
  • Double Wishbone Front Suspension
  • Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension
  • Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars
  • Active Sound Control
  • Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering

2011 Honda Accord Crosstour Warranty: Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty (years/miles) = 3/36,000 ,Powertrain Limited Warranty (years/miles) = 5/60,000, Corrosion Limited Warranty (years/miles) = 5/unlimited, Accessory Limited Warranty – All Honda accessories are covered up to 3 years or 36,000 miles, depending on time of installation

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