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2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L (photos)

The Crosstour is Honda's attempt at a crossover vehicle, mixing the practical cabin space of an SUV with the drivability of a sedan. With its all-wheel-drive system, the Crosstour competes with the Subaru Outback.

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Although Honda's SUVs, built on car platforms, qualify as crossovers, the Accord Crosstour looks the part. Honda bases the Crosstour on the Accord platform, giving it a hatchback, raising the ride height, and adding optional all-wheel-drive.

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The Crosstour uses the standard Accord grille, yet has more controversial looks down the side. Its curvy design gives it a bubble butt, somewhat like the Porsche Panamera.

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Although Honda offers a four cylinder in the Accord sedan, the Crosstour can only be had with this 3.5-liter V-6. Active cylinder management helps its freeway fuel economy.

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The cabin of the Crosstour is very comfortable, the ride and roof height adding a feeling of spaciousness.

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The optional RealTime 4WD puts 100 percent of torque to the front wheels under normal conditions, but can shift it back to the rear wheels as needed.

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The Crosstour boasts ample cargo room, making it a good road trip car for two or three people.

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In EX-L trim, the Crosstour gets leather seats and wood trim, lending an air of luxury to the cabin.

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The steering feels a little vague on the Crosstour. It makes highway cruising easy, requiring casual input, but doesn't offer any sort of precision feel.

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Honda fits the Crosstour with a five-speed automatic, a transmission that seems old compared with all the six-speed transmissions available today.

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The available navigation system shows poor resolution maps and only offers the basics in features.

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Honda's onscreen interface paradigm is easy to understand, but the graphics are ugly.

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Zagat ratings are included in the points of interest database, which is the best feature from this navigation system.

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The navigation option adds the LCD to the car, making browsing satellite radio channels easy.

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The car offers iPod integration, with this music library interface.

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The Bluetooth phone system is reasonably advanced, offering phone contact list download.

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The audio system in the Crosstour EX-L is surprisingly good, with six speakers and this subwoofer in the cargo area.

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The rearview camera shows distance lines, but no trajectory lines. It is extremely useful in the Crosstour, as the car's design limits the view out the back.

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