2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Overview
11/3/2009 12:08:00 PM
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour body, interior and powertrain (4WD model shown)
The Honda Accord Crosstour combines the sophisticated refinement of a premium sedan with versatile aspects from an SUV to create an entirely distinct concept within the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment. Leveraging the many benefits of a car-based design, the Accord Crosstour starts with the top-level refinement of the Accord V-6 Sedan and further expands utility with a sleek-yet-functional profile for increased cargo space.
Taken in its entirety, the Accord Crosstour is designed to fulfill multiple roles with a stylish exterior and premium interior appointments from the passenger cabin to the cargo area. Yet it can also deliver elevated levels of utility with accommodating under-floor storage and reversible cargo area floor panels for dirty objects. Cargo area access is further enhanced with a large-opening tailgate and a low lift-over height.
All Accord Crosstour models come standard with a 271-horsepower i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) designed for power and efficiency. A technologically advanced 5-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment. For CUV capability, the Accord Crosstour provides 6.0 inches of ground clearance and Real Time 4WD drive is available.
Accord Crosstour Highlights
- Five-door, five-passenger premium CUV
- Unit-body construction with double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension
- 271-horsepower, 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC® V-6 engine with VCM
- Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
- Available Real Time 4WD
- Standard safety: Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; driver's and front passenger's side airbags; and side curtain airbags
The double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension system is tuned to respond with engaging and refined dynamics. Active Sound Control (ASC) uses the audio system to acoustically minimize certain types of engine noise for a quiet cabin. The two available audio systems offer a powerful sound experience with seven speakers including a subwoofer and 360 watts of amplification.
- Horsepower / torque: 271 hp @ 6,200 RPM / 254 lb-ft. @ 5,000 RPM
- EPA-estimated fuel economy (miles per gallon)1 : 18 city / 27 highway (2WD)
- Emissions: ULEV-2 (CARB) / Tier 2, Bin 5 (Federal)
- Length x width x height (inches): 196.8 x 74.7 x 65.7
- Wheelbase (inches): 110.1
- Passenger / cargo volume (cubic feet): 101.4 (2WD) / 25.7
The Accord Crosstour introduces multiple innovations for Honda in different parts of the vehicle, most notably in the standard 5-speed automatic transmission and in the available Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System2. New technology in the transmission includes enhanced gear holding capability that takes into account cornering G-forces, plus a more sophisticated downshift capability that more closely matches engine revolutions during manual downshifts for refined transitions to lower gears. The navigation system incorporates voice activation with a greatly expanded recognition vocabulary totaling 100,000 words and greater sensitivity to more casual and varied commands. The rearview camera included with the navigation system also incorporates guidance lines.
Summary of New Technology and Exclusive Equipment
- Automatic transmission lateral G-force gear hold control (Honda brand first)
- Automatic RPM rev-matching when downshifting (Honda brand first)
- Front shock absorbers with internal rebound springs
- New type of reflection minimizing coating on navigation screen (Honda first)
- Expanded VCM engagement range for improved overall fuel efficiency (Honda first)
- Active Sound Control for cancellation of certain types of engine noise (Honda brand first)
- Carpeted lids in cargo area reverse to create a plastic, easy-to-clean surface
- Dual-zone automatic air conditioning with humidity sensitivity control
- Reverse-linked side mirror control
- Projector-beam headlights
- Kevlar® cone speakers (exclusive to Accord Crosstour EX-L)
The Accord Crosstour integrates a sleek and aerodynamic shape that blends sporty, low-profile contours with versatile CUV functionality. The exterior styling builds on the Accord's familiar character lines and adds a bolder front grille complemented by a durable lower-body appearance, wedge-shaped D-pillars and an aggressive rear stance. The flowing roofline narrows smoothly into the rear of the vehicle to create an aggressive-looking design, concealing a unique cargo area that can adapt to large objects that exceed the capacity of a normal sedan. An inwardly sculpted beltline starting at the front fenders smoothly transitions to an outward facing character line at the rear fenders, resulting in a visually dynamic effect.
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour styling
Interior Styling and Functionality
"Premium and active" represents the dual role functionality of the Accord Crosstour's interior design. Consistent with all Accords, a variety of design techniques were used to enhance the feeling of width and space in the passenger cabin to express premium and accommodating quality. The inset sculpting of the instrument panel along with a wide center console increases the sense of roominess. Intuitively grouped controls for the audio, climate and available navigation system are designed to operate with solidity and precision. Attention to craftsmanship can be found in details like double stitching on the available leather surfaces, plush floor carpeting and the presence of features like rear ventilation outlets built into the center console.
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour interior layout
Two available interior color combinations create distinctly individual environments for different customer preferences. The charcoal black interior is intended to convey a chic and sporty environment and features a monochromatic black instrument panel divided with wood trim-appearance highlights. The ivory interior is intended to create a sophisticated and bright ambiance and features a two-tone instrument panel with a black upper segment and tan lower segment. Wood trim-style accents divide the upper and lower portion of the instrument panel. Premium craftsmanship can also be found in the selection of high-quality materials in the cargo area. Durable level-loop carpet occupies the cargo area to help cushion contents. A polished metal kick plate at the base of the cargo area opening resists scuffing and appears upscale yet durable.
Designed for people with active lifestyles, the cargo area incorporates useful and versatile features that make configuring the vehicle for people or large items a simple operation. Levers near the interior fender wells, conveniently accessible from the tailgate opening, allow for one-touch conversion of the seats into the floor and create 51.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the process. An 8.4-inch deep under-floor Hidden Removable Utility Box creates 1.9 cubic feet of storage space and includes a durable removable tray that can be used for the temporary storage of wet or dirty items. Two additional side trays provide additional space for smaller items. The carpeted lid of the cargo box can be flipped over to the plastic side to protect the carpet from dirty items. The rear cargo area measures 41.7 inches long by 55.7 inches wide (at widest point). Maximum cargo length measures 75.5 inches with the rear seats reclined. The Accord Crosstour EX-L model is equipped with a cargo cover that allows for valuables to be stored out-of-sight. The cover is specially designed to open and shut in tandem with the tailgate for convenient one-motion access to the cargo area.
The Accord platform is recognized for its refined dynamic performance and a fun-to-drive feel that can be engaging on twisty roads yet relaxed on long stretches of freeway. The fully independent design of the double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension allows the tires to maintain a superior contact patch through a broad range of suspension travel and steering inputs.
2010 Honda Accord Chassis Layout
The Accord Crosstour adds exclusive chassis features and tuning to further refine and enhance the platform's inherent qualities. Exclusive features include front shock absorbers with internal rebound springs for enhanced responsiveness and comfort, along with a steering system with a constant gear ratio instead of the Accord's variable steering gear ratio setup. Additional unique tuning compared to the Accord includes Accord Crosstour-specific spring rates, shock absorbers and stabilizer bars. Weight distribution on front-wheel-drive models measures 59/41 percent front-to-rear. Weight distribution on four-wheel-drive models measure 57/43 percent front-to-rear.
The Accord Crosstour's standard i-VTEC SOHC 3.5-liter engine can deactivate up to half of the engine's cylinders when less power is needed while cruising or decelerating. The system provides V-6 power when accelerating or climbing, as well as the fuel efficiency of a smaller engine while cruising. The engine produces 271 horsepower at 6,200 RPM and 254 lb-ft. of torque at 5,000 RPM while achieving an EPA-rated city/highway fuel economy of 18/27 mpg1 on 2WD models. The VCM cylinder deactivation system is programmed to run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders, based on current power requirements. Powered by the intelligence of i-VTEC technology, VCM quickly and seamlessly activates or deactivates 2 or 3 cylinders by closing an individual cylinder's intake and exhaust valves at the same time while also shutting off the fuel injectors on the closed cylinders.
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour (4WD) driveline and related components
A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment and integrates a new downshift rev-match feature for smooth and sporty manual downshifts. Available exclusively on the Accord Crosstour EX-L, the fully automatic Real Time 4WD system enhances all-weather and light duty off-road capabilities when driving in rain, snow, dirt roads and sandy conditions without the significant weight, fuel economy and handling performance drawbacks of a conventional four-wheel-drive system. The efficient dual-pump system sends power to the rear wheels only when there is insufficient traction for the front-wheel-drive system.
Safety technology includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Additional safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), commonly referred to as Electronic Stability Control; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist; side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; driver's and front passenger's side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); dual-stage, multiple threshold front airbags; and active front seat head restraints.
The Accord Crosstour is available in two model choices, the EX and EX-L. Highlights of standard features on the Accord Crosstour EX include: dual-zone automatic air conditioning with second row ventilation, 360-Watt AM/FM 6-disc audio system with 7 speakers, easy fold-down 60-40 split rear seat back, 17-inch aluminum wheels with 225/65 R17 all-season tires, hidden removable utility box, cruise control, moonroof, auto up/down driver and front passenger side windows, rear privacy glass, steering wheel-integrated audio controls, compass and outside temperature indicator, projector beam headlights with auto-off, fog lights, chrome door handles, body-colored power side mirrors with defrost, and more.
The Accord Crosstour EX-L adds or upgrades: leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats, leather steering wheel, leather gear shift knob, auto day/night dimming rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum wheels with 225/60 R18 all-season tires, auto on/off headlights, memory driver-side seats, memory side mirrors with reverse tilting capability, cargo privacy cover, HomeLink transmitter, cargo privacy cover, Kevlar® cone speakers, aluminum dome-type front tweeter speakers and a USB audio interface.
Available features exclusive to the Accord Crosstour EX-L include the Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System and Real Time 4WD, available together or separately. The navigation system includes a backup camera with guidance lines integrated into the display.
The Accord Crosstour is assembled in Ohio at the Honda of America Mfg., Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant using domestic and globally sourced parts.Accord Crosstour Specifications and Comparisons
|2010 Honda Accord Crosstour||2010 Honda Accord EX V-6 Sedan||2009 Toyota Venza V6||2010 Nissan Murano|
|3.5L V-6 271HP (standard)||3.5L V-6 271HP
|3.5L V-6 268HP (available)||3.5L V-6 265HP
|Cylinder Deactivation||Standard (VCM)||Standard
|Not Available||Not Available|
|EPA Fuel Economy, (City/Highway)||2WD 18/27Z
|19/29 (3.5L)3||2WD 19/26
AWD 18/23 (3.5L)
|Passenger Volume, cu-ft.||101.4 (2WD)||101.0 (EX)||108.0||108.8|
|Cargo Volume, cu-ft. min / max||25.7 / 51.3||14.0 / NA||34.4 / 70.1||31.6 / 64.5|
|Cargo Area Length, in.||41.7||NA||40.3||36.4|
|Suspension Fr / Rr||Double wishbone / Multi-link||Double wishbone / Multi-link||MacPherson Strut / Dual-link MacPherson strut||Strut / Multi-link|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||18.5||18.5||17.7||21.7|
1Based on 2010 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.. 4WD models achieve city/hwy fuel economy of 17/25 miles per gallon.
2 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System is available on the Accord Crosstour EX-L model in the United States, except Alaska. Please see the navigation system manual for details.