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Fact: The Honda Crosstour Was a Trend Setter

I still remember when the first pictures of the Honda Crosstour — then called the Honda Accord Crosstour — were posted on the internet in Fall 2009. Honda posted the pictures on their official Facebook page, and the response was instantaneous rage. People called it ugly, awful and horrible, and Honda had to go in and delete many of the, er, angrier comments. Then there was extra controversy when a Honda employee allegedly went in and told people he thought it looked great — while failing to disclose his employee status. See the Honda Crosstour models for sale near you

At the time, several articles were written about this unfortunate unveiling, as it was big news in the public relations world — an early Facebook car launch, and a massively poor reception. And, of course, it foreshadowed the reception the Accord Crosstour got when it actually went on sale: It came out in 2010, and sales were never strong; a renaming to simply "Crosstour" in 2013 did little to change that, and it was gone after the 2015 model year.

And yet … it was a trend-setter.

The Accord Crosstour was basically the very first of this new crop of "coupe-back" 4-door sedans that has suddenly become a massive trend in the car industry. While it debuted after the BMW X6 came out in 2008 (and after the sloped-back Prius came out in 2004), the Crosstour was the first non-SUV to debut this design as a point of style, rather than gas mileage. And, of course, now it’s gone wild: The Audi A7 is a big success, especially from a stylistic point of view. BMW makes a "Gran Turismo" version of the 3 Series with a similar rear end design. Other examples of this phenomenon gaining popularity include the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, the Volkswagen Arteon, the new Honda Civic, and a general trend in the industry of sedans with a sloping, hatchback-like shape, which will (presumably) lead to more actual hatchbacks in the future.

Admittedly, the Crosstour came out with this design at a time when others were also thinking of it: The Porsche Panamera and BMW 5 Series GT debuted the same year as the Crosstour, and I’m not sure exactly which one debuted first. But it doesn’t really matter. The point is, the Crosstour was an early adopter, we all laughed at it, and now it’s signaling a trend for the industry. Perhaps we should all log on to Honda’s Facebook page and apologize for those comments we made eight years ago. Find a Honda Crosstour for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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25 COMMENTS

  1. It’s funny, everyone who doesn’t own a Crosstour hates it; everyone who does own one loves it. My parents are on their second and don’t want anything else.

  2. It was ugly. It’s still ugly. All the lifted 4-door hatchbacks that came after it are ugly too. The only thing that’s changed, is the buying public has lost its freaking mind. There will come a time when all these people look back, and wonder, “Why did we buy THAT?”

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