Honda has a wide range of vehicles and here are the top three that were driven for this test. First was the new Crosstour. Underneath this is an SUV, with raised ground clearance, optional 4-wheel drive, rugged suspension, and a spare tire that hangs under the rear body–just like a truck. But on the top half there is a car-shaped body for those who prefer a conventional appearance.
Base engine is a 192 horsepower four hooked to a 5-speed automatic, but this vehicle had the bigger 3.5 V-6 at 279 horsepower, and a 6-speed automatic. EPA gas mileage rating is 19-28 mpg. Real world gas mileage was 19-26 mpg. Passing power is plentiful. The steering feel is rubbery, but this is a “truck” after all. The ride is comfortable, with strong brakes.
The cabin has nice quality materials and workmanship. Controls are easy to use. The rear headroom is slightly limited due to the rear body slant, but most will fit. Storage room is not as spacious as a real SUV, but this is the tradeoff for the car body shape. It can still go off pavement the same as any other cross-over SUV, which is what counts.
This one was loaded up with all the options, so it was $37,920. Naturally the base rig with 2-wheel drive and smaller engine will be much cheaper.
HONDA ACCORD SEDAN
Next was the Accord sedan, a “real” car that will not be driven in the dirt! Base engine is a peppy 189 horsepower four, hooked to either a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic. Gas mileage is listed at 26-39 mpg. This car had the optional 3.5 V-6 as found in the Crosstour. Gas mileage is posted at 21-34. In real life it was 25 average and 32 freeway.
Interior materials are very nice, and controls are easy to operate. Steering operation is quick and responsive. Ride quality is very smooth. The trunk holds plenty of gear. This is a nice car to take on long trips. Can’t beat the quality. Honda has been making this model for a long time, and has all the bugs worked out. Base price is $21,000. This loaded model was $32,430.
HONDA RIDGELINE TRUCK
Yes, this is a real truck regardless of statements saying otherwise. And a good truck too.
Where else can you get a truck with four doors, 4-wheel drive, locking differential, and great quality starting at $29,450? Loaded up models hit $35,030. The only engine is a 3.5 V-6 de-tuned to 250 horsepower, with gas mileage of 15-21. Not trend setting, but a sturdy reliable power-plant.
The interior has plenty of room for people and gear. The rear bed has a locking trunk underneath to secure more gear, and is very secure. The steering, ride, and handling are car-like, so long trips are comfortable. But with high ground clearance and all-wheel driven wheels, off road desert adventures are a breeze. A real favorite. Nice truck!!!