Walk through a Honda dealership’s parking lot today and you’ll see lots of sensible cars, but nothing truly bonkers. A Phoenix Yellow Civic Type R really isn’t all that outrageous, even if it is a hoot to drive.
But if you could go back in time about a decade, you’d find a big, awkward-looking Honda that nobody seemed to want back then. The Crosstour (which was initially marketed as an Accord variant) was a good idea with decent execution, and it makes a great used buy today.
The Crosstour was intended to bridge the gap between wagons (which Honda hadn’t offered American shoppers for a while) and SUVs (which Honda was chock full of). It rode on the contemporary Accord’s platform but had its own tall-ish wagon styling. Squint and you might see some Saab influence, albeit a Saab that looked like had just gorged itself on Krispy Kreme donuts.
Stretching 196 inches long, the Crosstour was nearly as big as a Ford Explorer, and it rode on a 110-inch wheelbase. An inline-4 was standard, but most Crosstour examples used a 3.5-liter V6 instead. Like the Accord, the Crosstour came standard with front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive was optional. With a little more ground clearance than an Accord sedan, the Crosstour is suited well enough to snowy roads but it’s far from an off-roader.
Instead, where the Crosstour excels is on the open road. Its interior is stretch-out comfortable, and while the 26 or so cubic feet of cargo space doesn’t match an SUV, the Crosstour drives less like a Pilot than it does an Accord. It’s a quiet, smooth mile-eater.
A 2013 model-year update brought refined styling and a host of interior tweaks including an optional twin-screen infotainment system that has stood the test of time better than those found in many cars. Additional features added with that update included a system that uses a camera built into the right-side mirror to show what’s in the driver’s blind spot on the larger infotainment screen, as well as forward-collision and lane-departure warnings.
For a Honda, the Crosstour’s depreciation has been relatively steep. It’s possible to find a well-equipped one from the final year of production (2015) with reasonable miles for around $17,000 or less. Here’s a nice gray one in California with just over 20,000 miles for $16,450. This one’s an EX-L that includes leather seats and navigation. Find a Honda Crosstour for sale