Next came the Hondas. The Accord Crosstour (which I have mentioned before as being a guilty pleasure of mine) and the Acura ZDX showed up in 2009. The Crosstour added a bit more utility to the regular Accord line and the availability of AWD. This makes sense to me. The Acura, on the other hand, took the already great MDX crossover and gave it an X6 treatment. It was hacked and tucked to look like a fat guy in a compression suit. One big thing that pissed me off with the ZDX is that fancy treatment cutting the towing capacity by 3500 lbs. 3500!!! So I pay more for a silly looking hatch-wagon-SUV thing and it can only tow 1500 lbs? What a piece!
The next gen of these strange crossover-crossovers is coming out soon with the BMW X4 and the Mercedes GLE Coupe. These are both based on their similarly sized SUV stable mates and will probably offer similar utility compromises for vanity as their predecessors. I suspect that to a lot of people this is like wearing Spanx. You like the way they make you look, but you really have to cram to get all your stuff inside them.