Cons Can't have the odometer and the temp gauge on at the same time!
Summary I like the look of this car from the moment it was released. So I got one FINALLY! This is the best car I have ever owned. Comfortable, quiet, and really fun to drive. I thought this may be too big for my tastes, but it is so easy to drive and park I no longer feel that way. Typical Honda: solid quality.
Pros Smooth, quiet, powerful ride. AWD. More flexible cargo space than Accord sedan. Beautiful, comfortable interior. Great iPod and Bluetooth interfaces.
Cons Rear view takes some getting used to. Non-Navi models would benefit from rearview mirror w/integrated backup camera.
Summary I was looking for AWD and creature comforts for my long commute. The interior is spacious and comfortable and feels like a luxury car. The ride is smooth and quiet with power on tap when needed. Goodies include Leather seats, Moonroof, Memory seats matched to the key used to unlock the car, Heated seats and mirrors, nice iPod control, Bluetooth handsfree link, Homelink, ...
I didn't want the bulk and poor fuel economy of an SUV, so I was mainly looking at AWD sedans and a few crossovers. It came down to the Outback and the Crosstour in the end. The Crosstour EX-L AWD (no Navi.) came in under $30k when I got competing price quotes and it had better financing to boot. At that price and trim level, this was much more car for the money.
Pros Handling, esp. in snow and ice but dry as well. Very comfortable, long distance cruising a breeze.
Cons I truthfully can think of nothing I don't like about the car.
Summary I had 04 and 08 Accord EX-L V6's with nav. They were good little cars and pretty economical considering the performance. I also have an 08 Acura MDX. It is a great car for long distance cruising....you never get tired or weary. It was always a treat to drive it compared to the Accord. As soon as we got the Crosstour the difference was totally blurred. To my mind this car is not really an Accord at all although the dash and buttons are virtually identcal. In snow and ice, and I drive in a very 'spirited' manner, the handling is fantastic. The traction control system is extremely good, even with the standard Michelin Latitude tires. With Toyo Observe Garit winter tires the car is an outrageous performer in slippery conditions. I'd like to say more but the site won't let me.
Pros I've never been stopped so often by people so interested in the looks of a car, both when parked and even in traffic. Has clearence and tires of an SUV, handles like my old Audi, good gas milage, city and highway, appointed well, and comfortable.
Cons Not much to dislike. My Infinity M had better NAV features and I miss the auto cruise control that sensed when you were approaching the vehicle in from and slowed down, but otherwise the system is fine.
Summary Overall I'm thrilled with the styling, radical for a Honda, comfort, performance and utility of the car. Came across it by accident and bought it immediately. Has plenty of storage space with the seats down but is extremely comfortable for adults in the back seat. Overall, a winner.
Pros Comfort, quality, quiet and Honda reliability.
Cons No HID headlights
Summary Let me start of by saying that I had previously owned a well equipped Toyota Venza. I became irritated with the Toyota's acres of hard plastics and cheap build quality, particularly for an MSRP north of $35k. The materials used in the Crosstour are far superior - particularly the leather seats, and the build quality is in a different league. The exterior styling of the Crosstour may be subject to debate, but when one looks at the quality of the total package, it becomes a non-issue. If you want an overpriced inexpensively built box on wheels, by all means buy the Toyota. If you demand value, quality and a driver-oriented ride, buy the Honda.
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