Love this car!
I just had to have it after taking it for a test drive.
I wasn't sure about going from an SUV to a 2-seater, but when I thought about it, I realized that I rarely had more than one passenger at a time anyway and if I do need to have more than I can just swap cars with my husband.
This care if pure fun and makes you smile every time you get in it.
Exterior style - dashboard - sound system - responsivness
I have owned a 1984 CRX and a 1993 Civic SI. The SI was more fun to drive than the CRX and my CRZ is much better than either one of these. There is more power than the SI with much better gas mileage.
About the people that criticize it having only two seats...I don't know of anyone that would criticize a Corvette or a Porsche only having two seats. If I want to drive more than one other person around I will drive one of my other cars.
This CRZ is to the 2000 teens what the Mustang was to the 1960's. Only now with gas at 14 times what it was in the 60's, it is all about gas mileage. Cars with poor gas mileage are obsolete dinosaurs.
Gas mileage and power.
More companies should be building these kind of cars.
Drove both the manual and automatic and found the manual more fund to drive. Particularly the close shifting ratio of the gears and the smooth shifting. The critics reviews on Edmunds are accurate. I am buying an automatic 2009 Nissan Maximum V-6 SE Coupe, which has 270 hp and I am averaging 22 MPGs.
Wanted to test drive the CR-Z, not available in 2009 due to its MPGs and MSRP and the high trade-in vale of the Nissan.
Decided the CR-Z is not worth purchasing due to what I would give up with the Nissan for only 12 more MPGs and the MSRP of the CR-Z, which is not being discounted that much, even if gas went to five dollars a gallon. Also due to the crash ratings. Would prefer to wait.
Shifting, handling, roominess of driver and passenger area, climate control, outside temperature reading, heated outside mirrors, and all noted safety devices in and outside.
Re-design to reach five star crash test in all areas. Improve design to improve review.
Tested/considered many hybrids.
I love the tech of the Prius but just wanted something different and better looking.
I love my little CRZ and smile every time I drive it.
I had a couple in a prius pull up next to me to say how much they loved the car.
Dont get me wrong the prius is a completely different vehicle with excllent storage , but if you want a great looking car that handles great, looks awesome and gets close to 40mpg real world this is for you!.
Gauges are beautifull.
Sound system is incredible.
Reasonably low road noise.
faste enough in sport mode.
Excellent fit and finish.
Fit and finish is top notch.
great stereo. great milage smooth over most bumps.
Unique looking, gets attention.
hatchback is usefull.
brakes are great.
seats could be more comfortable.
I have a new civic and it has different/more comfortable seats.
has blind spots, dont know how i would fix that, but you get used to it by adjusting your mirrors better and looking through the lower part of the rear hatch.
I wish it came with a center console but i think they left it as an option so as to accomodate larger drivers.
As a previous owner of a CRX-DX (7-years) this CRZ is a welcome pleasure. I traded in my 2001 A4 1.8TQ for this little piece of heaven. It is nice getting back to a smooth clutch. The Audi was a little long on both travel and throw. The exterior styling is a mix of Porsche 928 rear end & heavily modified S2000 front. The interior high end with soft touch controls like the Audi. The well placed control close to the driver. The 6 weeks has been unbelievable in the gas mileage. I am just about to fill up for the third time with: 41.7, 43.5 and 43.4 for miles/gal. avg. Not bad for a 80 City / 20 Highway driving. There seems to be no difference in Normal / Econ mode on mileage, just on stop idle.
The stop/idle function great coasting to a light under 19 mph with the engine off. No problems with blind stops, you need to set the outside mirror correctly. Smooth 6-sp. manual, interior design & layout. The battery boost is quick to the call when needed. The sport mode is nice on the on ramps.
Heated seats would be nice - std. or option. Auto dimming of both inside & outside would help.