The Versatility Problem

All might be forgiven if the Crosstour presented a lot of versatility, but it falls short there, too. For starters, cargo volume suffers from the raked tail, which lops off a lot of room behind the rear seats. There's more than you'd get in the trunk of an Accord sedan — and Honda says that with the seats down, the Crosstour can accommodate longer items than some of its major competitors — but relative to the range of wagon and crossover alternatives, the Crosstour still doesn't offer a particularly spacious setup.

The cargo area does have a few nifty tricks, among them an under-floor storage well and spring-loaded seats that fold down when you pull a handle in cargo area. But on the whole, the versatility story just doesn't add up. Chunky D-pillars and a small rear window obscure visibility. The backseats in a number of competitors — including the Venza, Outback and Murano — can recline; the Crosstour's does not. Honda says towing capacity tops out at 1,500 pounds. That's 500 pounds more than the Accord sedan but well short of the Venza, Murano and Edge, which all tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Crosstour's 6-inch ground clearance is 0.3 inches higher than the sedan's, but it falls short of the Murano (7.4 inches), Venza (8.1) and Outback (8.7). That will matter to snow-conscious drivers.

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