Fuel Efficiency:39 HWY
This is a car that people either "get" or they don't. You can get a more efficient car for the same price, or a bigger car, or a faster car. But you can't get the combo offered by the CR-Z anywhere else. I honestly see the biggest market for this car as a second vehicle for people who own an SUV or high-powered car and want to save some gas on day-to-day errands. For this it's brilliant. It has head-turning looks inside and out, holds a decent amount of stuff, and is as fun to drive as you can expect from a nearly zero-emission, 40mpg car. The old expression about being more fun to drive a slow car fast applies. I've driven both the CVT and 6 speed, and the CVT didn't annoy me nearly as much as it annoyed the typical car rag editors. To maximize the fun I recommend the 6 speed---it's fun to have to shift every 10 seconds, right?---but don't give up on the car just because you need an automatic. In fact, you should expect to be rowing the box quite a bit in the 6 speed because of the meager power available; commuters might prefer the auto anyway. In my limited use, the paddle shifters seem to shift quickly and smoothly as a backup option. One of the odd things missing from the car is a center armrest, but you can get one as a dealer-installed accessory. The nav system is also outdated. In fact it seems to be roughly the same unit that was in my 2004 TSX, but on the other hand that unit was fine with me back in the day. Still, if you don't mind an aftermarket unit dangling from your windshield, you're probably better off not paying the premium for an obsolete DVD-based system. The auto-off feature from the engine can also be annoying, as the car needs to re-start rapidly at stop lights (it can't move using only the battery) and hence it can be a bit abrupt and intrusive. If you don't really care about styling or driving experience, and / or this will be your only car, I would recommend checking out the Civic and Insight ahead of the CR-Z at your local Honda shop. If you're willing to sacrifice some practicality to gain better looks and more fun while still maintaining some Green goodness, this is the car.Read more reviews at Cars.com
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