"Comfort: a feeling of relief or encouragement; a satisfying or enjoyable experience" - Merriam-Webster dictionary. After reading this definition, the CR-Z provides different feelings, mostly if you're expecting to deal with an all-rounder.
The front seats are, as we said, impressive. The side bolsters hug the occupant in every corner and every time the driver's heavy foot touches the throttle. The low driving position is not only influenced by the height-adjustable driver seat but also by the tilt and telescopic three-spoke steering wheel.
If you're the kind of driver who'd pay tons of money for a smooth ride, you might be surprised. For 21,000 Euros you get a pretty smooth experience, mostly thanks to the electric motor that makes several things almost unnoticeable. The suspension system does a pretty good job, mostly in the city where speed limiters, potholes and large kerbs are basically parts of our everyday lives.
Probably the best thing about the CR-Z is ergonomics. Most controls, be them related to the cruise control function, Bluetooth or vital systems such as headlights and windscreen wipers, are exactly in the place you'd expect them to be. The climate controls are actually the only exception, as they are placed on the center console, at the right of the steering wheel, in the same way as on the Insight.
But, once again, we must bring the seats back in discussion. With a negative note this time. The incredibly small rear bench, which is a key member of Honda's so-called 2+2 architecture, is more like a cloth hanger rack. Or just a big, big storage space. Here, you can safely put your coat, your laptop, books, shopping bags or even other things that wouldn't fit in the trunk.
From this point of view, Americans seem to be on the lucky side. Instead of the tiny bench, they get nothing. And yes, this is actually a good thing. Because nothing here translate into more interior space and, more specifically, into a larger trunk. Up to 382 liters to be more precise.Continue reading