I’ve noticed something. Honda can get away with re-packaging styling elements that were considered ugly, or boring, but end up being called attractive. While I researched this little blurb, Car and Driver kept coming up. They seemed to keep pace with the styling tastes of autojournos who hated one, but loved the other.

I present two cases:

First, the nose of the 2012 Civic:

The best any automotive press could come up with for the styling was “cautious,”(Car and Driver, May 2011) and many saw it as a boring also-ran that was selling more on its nameplate than its virtues.

But in 2016 when a very similar style was applied to the refreshed CR-chassis Accord:


The same publication touted that it “looked better,” than the 13-15 Accord that preceded it. Perhaps the grille treatment looks more fitting with the lines of the Accord, but it’s still a similar design element.

The same goes for the rear of the Crosstour:


From their first instrumented test of the Crosstour:

...the exterior shape that allows the extra room is difficult to swallow. The styling is bulbous and frumpy and makes the Crosstour look like a supersized Insight hybrid on stilts .


But when looking at the newest Coupe and Hatchback, they say this:

We think the two-door coupe is even better-looking, and—if you’re sensing a trend here—the hatch improves both cars’ styling. It may not be much of a surprise given how closely it resembles the Civic hatchback concept car, but the Civic hatch is quite attractiv e.


When it’s got a bulbous ass just like the Crosstour before it:


What gives?