Honda creates all-purpose Crosstour
THE RIDE: Four-door, five-passenger 2010 Honda Crosstour EX-L NAV crossover utility vehicle (CUV). DOWN THE ROAD: All new for 2010, the Accord's been cross utilized, as in transformed into a CUV. The power train delivers smooth and linear acceleration, resulting in secure handling and incredible response. TECH & PERFORMANCE: A 3.5-liter V-6 engine puts out 271 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 254 pounds-feet of torque at 5000 rpm. Vehicle cylinder management enables two or three cylinders to deactivate so gasoline can be conserved in certain driving situations. It is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. A front double wishbone and an independent multilink rear suspension soak road imperfections with dexterity, poise and sure-footedness. The power-assisted, rack-and-pinion steering is accurate and perfectly weighted. LOOK & FEEL: The hatchback version of the Accord sedan conveys a sleek, bold and athletic stance with a sloped roofline and tailgate. Wide halogen projector-beam headlights flank a six-point chrome grille. The Crosstour has all the conveniences of an upgraded Accord, such as dual-zone automatic climate control, wood trim, three-spoke leather steering wheel, power moon roof and 10-way power driver and four-way front-passenger seats. But it offers more storage space: A utility box in the under-floor cargo area is as deep as 8.4 inches and offers 1.9 cubic feet of room. Along side are two smaller storage trays. The 60/40-rear split can be folded flat to open up 51.3 cubic feet of space.SAFETY FIRST: Standard features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for both rows, four-wheel antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, active front head restraints, three-point seatbelts, side impact door beams, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights. OUT THE DOOR: $34,770, plus tax, tag, delivery and destination charges. BY THE NUMBERS: Tires, 225/60R18; wheelbase, 110.1 inches; length, 196.8 inches; weight, 3,887 pounds; fuel capacity, 18.5 gallons; city, 18 mpg; highway, 27 mpg; Web site, www.honda.com. WHY DIG IT: The Accord sedan may meet most buyers' needs. But if the focus shifts to an all-purpose vehicle, the Crosstour makes sense.