Every time you'll get the CR-Z outside the city, you'll release a tiny beast. But only if driven in Sport mode. Otherwise, you'll have to deal with a slow, tortoise like vehicle. The difference between ECON and Sport is really that big. The experience you get when driving the sporty hybrid on the highway thus depends on the driver's options.
Although backed by a number of eco-features, fuel consumption is a bit far from what we expected from a hybrid. With cruise control set to 130 km/h (80.7 mph), on the highway, the on-board computer indicated a not-at-all-impressive 6.6 l/100km (35.6 mpg), while dropping to around 5.7 l/100km (41.2 mpg) on regular country roads.
The so-called ECON Cruise Control plays a key role in the final efficiency figures achieved by the CR-Z. Just like on the Insight cousin, the system removes excessive acceleration when passing over descending hills, by reducing unnecessary throttle openings. This way, the selected speed might vary a little bit, with very slow accelerations or decelerations for minimizing the amount of fuel needed for these two operations. In Sport or Normal modes however, the cruise control function works just like on any other car out there, maintaining the selected speed over the entire journey.
Even if there were people who raised concerns over its stability, especially due to its dimensions, the aerodynamic improvements it received plus the Vehicle Stability Assist function, maintain a pretty decent control even on the highway. Although there are a few annoying exterior noises, the predominant sound is the one of tires rolling on the road.
Rear interior space and luggage volume are once again two of the most important issues. Addressed to young buyers, he CR-Z forgets completely about rear passengers, so it's impossible to go on a holiday with two people in the back. Trust us, we've tested it. The only way to fit an adult on the rear bench is to actually ask him to lay down and, although it might sound very comfortable, it's not.
Supposing you're just thinking to fold the rear seats and increase cargo space, there's another issue that might ruin your plans. Bulky luggage, regardless if we're talking about a box or a bigger bag, might block the driver's rear view, already pretty limited because of the boot lid architecture.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Yep, this is the right way to build a car. Hybrid, so fuel efficient, sporty so powerful enough for both the city and country roads, and coupe for every young soul out there. That's why I call a job well done.
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