I took delivery of a 2012 Veloster this past Saturday.
I had been looking real hard at the Honda CR-Z but there were just some things that Honda cut corners on and left off that car that just did not sit well with me.
The hybrid motor was also a big turn off as it just over complicated the car and did not really increase its fuel economy.
Enter the Hyunda Veloster.
The Veloster is everything that the CR-Z wanted to be.
More features, better ride, just as much power and better fuel economy with out the hybrid cost/complication.
Unless Honda does something quick the CR-Z is dead in two years I predict.
1) Navigation system and electronics is 10 years ahead of Honda's
2) Available with different colored interiors and leather.
Leather trimmed seats are oh so comfortable with excellent back and bolster support.
3) Gas economy 40 mpg hwy
4) Warenty 100k Power train
5) Looks better than any direct competitor
6) Manual transmission very smooth
7) Has huge panoramic sunroof
8) Has a back seat (small, but at least it has one)
9) Kick ass stereo (for stock system) in upgraded packages
Engine is a 1.6l 138hp but when it gets up to around 3K it really starts purring
11) Stock wheels the best I have ever seen (upgrade options)
Needs a spare tire instead ot the supplied air compressor and emergency kit
Better textured leather on sterring wheel.
Not bad now but could use a little rougher finish
Panoramic Sunroof is awesome but can be noisy at speeds 60+
Too many people stopping me in parking lot asking questions and wanting to see the inside of car.
They will be in short demand for long time they will be so popular.
I bought mine off the truck and while I was doing paperwork there were like 8 other people trying to buy vehicle.
Great review Jeff. I couldn't agree more. I picked up the Style package with manual last Saturday.
It's really the most fun I've ever had in an "economy" car.
Also been stopped several times in parking lots, and driveway.
Veloster is averaging 31mpg and CR-Z is averaging 39mpg on Fuelly.com, which is actual reported mileage of hundreds of users over hundreds of thousands of miles.
Dont be tricked by the HWY MPG marketing, thats just the highest rating, CITY is also important.