I had been looking for a new car for the past two years, including the Speed3, Civic SI, Scion TC, WRX etc. I came across the CR-Z, test drove it and was immediately impressed. That same day my car search ended and I ordered a manual. I Added on every accessory available (the armrest is highly recommended), and 3 weeks later I had the exact car I wanted. At first I thought I would be slightly disappointed with the average performance (8.3 0-60) and average fuel economy for a hybrid, but from the minute I got into the car I have not stopped smiling and making excuses to get back on the road! And as for performance, its around 8s to 60 (feels zippier though!) and I get 34/43 mpg (above rated)
Quality interior and exterior, value for money, zippy and sporty handling, option for supercharger :), climate control, audio system, decent cargo space, really comfortable seats (driven 12 straight hours without a problem), 6 speed manual transmission is fantastic
Improve visibility for blind spots and out the rear window, sunroof, a few more ponies (possibly improve the battery to generate about 50-90 hp so you don't hurt the MPG rating), sun visor covers part of the rear-view mirror when down
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