2013 Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe [UK specification]Enlarge Photo
Styling and (dis)comfort
We love the way the CR-Z looks. It's as sharp and eye-catching today as it was at launch. It's equally space-age inside, enhanced by the blue and green glow of the instruments. Trying to keep the car "happy" by growing trees in the instrument panel becomes an all-consuming pursuit.
However, during our week with the car, we just couldn't get comfortable. Whatever position the seat and wheel were adjusted to, back and leg ache would set in after less than an hour. This echoes our previous experiences with the car, and seems indiscriminate of height or weight.
Our gas mileage over a week of driving proved more than respectable. In a mix of city and country driving, the car's computer displayed a figure of 37 mpg. That rose to 41 mpg after several hundred miles of freeway driving, most of which was driven at around 70 mph.
Both those figures are improvements on the official 34 combined and 38 highway EPA ratings for the 2013 car, though as always--your mileage may vary.
That seat discomfort rather spoils the CR-Z for us, though. For this writer, still yet to break into his 30s and a fan of small, sporty, thrifty cars like the CR-Z (and therefore probably in the car's target market), it's a huge disappointment.
The CR-Z is fun, quicker than before and offers good real-world mileage, but until Honda fixes those pain-inducing seats, it's being struck off this reviewer's potential car list...