Most of my junkyard explorations take place along Colorado’s Front Range and in the urban areas of the California coast, meaning I document a lot of strange old machines that rust to nothing in wetter, salty regions. However, more recent examples of interesting automotive history are hard to find at such yards, just because newer vehicles are still worth fixing if something expensive breaks; that’s why I still can’t find a scrapped Suzuki Equator. Since the Honda Accord Crosstour was such an enigmatic car/truck/wagon/whatever, I did my best to find a discarded one that hadn’t crashed beyond recognition, and managed to do it a few months back in a self-service yard in California Central Valley.
It crashed hard and then the entire front third was ripped apart to make the drivetrain easier for junkyard buyers to remove, but after passing half a dozen Crosstours in junkyards wrapped and/or burned at high speed around abutments, I knew I thought this was about the most intact specimen I’d find in a few years. Sure, the Crosstour looked weird and sold poorly, but it’s… still a Honda and thus retains substantial retail value. In my experience crawling through junkyards, repairable Hondas (and Acuras) generally don’t get to your local Ewe Pullet until age 20.
The idea behind the Accord Crosstour seemed to be that it would be something like the popular Subaru Outback (which started life as a Legacy wagon trim level and became more SUV-esque over the years), although Honda fitly claimed that it had to compete with the (Camry-based) Toyota Venza and (Maxima-based) Nissan Murano. Anyway, Honda ditched the “Accord” part of its name after 2011, no doubt in an effort to make it look more truck-like.
The Crosstour was very well put together, drove nicely and did well at transporting mammals and freight, but car buyers thought it looked funny and didn’t give the desired image. After 2015, the Crosstour was gone.
This is the entry-level EX version with front-wheel drive, priced at $29,670 (about $38,850 in 2022 dollars). If you wanted the EX-L with navigation, the price went up to $36,220 (about $47,425) now.
Since so many components of this Crosstour will be converted to 2008-2012 accords, I predict it will be plucked clean before it goes to the crusher.
This TV commercial tells us everything we need to know about the age group Honda of America hoped would buy the Crosstour.
Yes, that’s a cover of a 1966 Donovan song.
Crosstours in the Chinese market received more action-packed ads.