The more things change… I’m sure you’ve heard that tired line before, but I can’t think of a better line to start this week’s review with. Last week, the new Honda CR-X …er,CR-Z was delivered to the station. I was kind of excited about it. I’d seen the pictures. The car was capturing my attention early and often. I purposely chose not to read any other reviews because I wanted the visceral reaction that comes from a much anticipated date. When I first laid eyes on the new CR-Z I loved it. The lines, much like the original CR-X, were impressive. A wedge-like design to attract the sports car lovers and small stature to please the tree-huggers awaited.
Then, came time to get in and drive the car. That’s where it all fell apart for me. The original CR-X was a peppy, fun to drive (see light-weight) little coupe that stole the spot light during the Seattle music movement. For those of you who post date that reference that would have been from 19, yes, 1988 – 1991. Back when men wore plaid and women wore large hair. In those days, Honda was king for the young people. And for good reason, Honda offered un-matched reliability with amazing fuel mileage.
In 1991, the Honda CR-X got an astounding 40MPG city and 50MPG on the highway. The 2011 CR-Z gets 31MPG city and 37MPG on the highway. Good God, help me with this. How can you introduce a Hybrid that gets worse mileage twenty years after you made virtually the same car with better mileage and performance standards? I mean I really don’t get it. I try to be fair in all of my reviews and there are good things about the CR-Z. For one, I think it’s a great road car for a single guy or girl. It drives well. Quiet and comfortable would be one way to describe the experience. Fun to drive? Not so much.
We recently had a guest on the show who was a twenty-seven year old automotive engineer. He had only read about the original CR-X. He was the one who brought up the fact that the CR-X out performs the CR-Z in just about every category except the electric motor.
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