• Apr 26, 2010

Fifth Gear road tests the 2010 Honda CR-Z – click above to watch the video

So far in early drives of the new 2010 CR-Z hybrid coupe, Honda's latest has been getting decidedly mediocre to middling reviews. It's not really quick enough to be a proper sports car and not efficient enough to be considered a challenger to the Toyota Prius or even its sibling, the slow-selling Insight. In other words, it's a big bundle of compromises. And yet, a lot of reviewers have said that despite the CR-Z being slow and only modestly efficient, it's still fun-to-drive in its own way. In much the same manner, the kids at Fifth Gear have published their own video review of the CR-Z and they're actually rather fond of it, warts and all.

In the report, Fifth Gear considers the CR-Z's closest European competitor to be the Volkswagen Scirocco TDI, and the Honda comes in several thousand dollars cheaper. The UK testers preferred the interior of the Honda but were disappointed that the engine didn't have the rev-happy nature of most sporting Hondas. As in the Insight, the Eco mode really takes the edge of the steering and powertrain performance in the name of efficiency and is not recommended for those looking for some fun. Check out the video after the jump.



[Source: Fifth Gear via YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Summary for those who don't want to or can't watch: They like its comfort, the fact its a Honda, and that its relatively cheap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      terrible, the ford fiesta is so much better
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol that's a stupid comparison. the fastest fiesta in europe is still 2 sec slower from 0 to 62 and no petrol engines get lower fuel consumption, even tho they are significantly weaker. The only ones with lower f c are diesel models which you can hardly call sporty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Saheed

        What does the turning radius and the weight have anything to do with each other??? Turning radius is affected by the wheelbase and the steering ratio.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The turning circle is a low point for the Fiesta.
        If if was 30', then it would be a +
        • 4 Years Ago
        yea.. Ford Fiesta looks better and prob will drive better too
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with most everybody's lukewarm reception of this car. Not surprisingly, Honda has the aesthetics down with decent bodywork...it's good looking. BUT...all the rest fails to satisfy, in the last word.

      I often have wondered why Toyota, the clear master of hybrid technology, does not enter this "sporty hybrid" niche? I think they have the design ability and already have the eco-guts...c'mon Toyota, "show us the money!"

      "If you build it, they will come!"...I think.

      PS: VW: Make the Scirocco USA ready, and keep the price in line, and you TOO will have a winner.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have to say after seeing this video I am slighty more impressed by the CRZ but I am still leery on it and think it could have been just as efficent if it used a regular 4 pot or even a diesel. But even that being said I am wondering how the aftermarket will take to it and what can be done about the quibbles that the host talked about. Will the CR-Z allow you to tune it to go faster? and what about the regen brakes can they be made to stop it harder with out fade or breaking it? Only time will tell I guess but I plan on atleast giving it a test drive but I have to say Honda better bring the 2+2 here or else I am sure it will fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yawn but I remember feeling kinda ho-hum about the first CRZs but they sure stood the test of time I wish this one luck she's a good looker
      • 4 Years Ago
      Such a nice car, unfortunately I like most would never want one due to the performance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's nice enough but its marketing is completely effed up. it's not a performance car. they should have marketed it as an insight coupe like the original and should have covered the rear wheel wells.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This car is the poster-child of bad market research misapplied to poor product planning.

        Having worked with Honda's product planning firsthand, this car doesn't surprise me in the slightest. Not one of 'em has an iota of interest in cars or training in research leading them to poor information and bad decision making. I find it truly shocking that those people manage to have jobs where they do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It does seem decent... like all mid 90s hondas did.
        And let's be honest... they had about the same power.
        And.. would probably get about the same mileage with the benefit of a 6 speed gear box.

        I think they'll have to sell it on the cheap side to get any big movement with it in the states.
        I hope they do.
        I hope it sells decently.
        Basically.... I would like them to give toyota a reason to come back with something to battle them for market with this type of vehicle.

        I think from all the rumors a year or two ago that iQ would come stateside with a hybrid drive train - toyota must have at least been working on it.
        I would like to see them do it...
        Or maybe that new little scion coupe... which doesn't look half bad really.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Performance, mpg, cost, utility, this car doesn't really do anything as well as the competition, but if you're a fun-starved Honda fan, at least its an option to stay in the brand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If Honda put one of their modern turbo 4-bangers in the old Insight shell, I'd prefer that over this bloated monstrosity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boohooo HONDUH

      U got another FAIL in your book.

      OXYMORON ROLFMAO sad but TRUE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ls, seats HAD to change due to "larger" Americans...and as thus are actually MORE comfortable, NOT CHEAPENED steering wheel was altered due to SYNC controls, NOT cheapened, any mention of us having a 6 speed DSG where as Euro makes do with a 4 speed, how about MANUAL windup windows on base Fiestas, and NON carpeted rear seat backs, the ONLY thing they changed for the worse ( and its subjective ) is the front grill, oh, we also get LED running lights and some other OPTIONS not even available in europe....
        • 4 Years Ago
        the US version has an UPGRADED interior, and actually our steering wheel is better IMO. Only A FEW options didnt come this way, heated windsheild ( but we get the QUIET one ) powerfold mirrors ( for the diabolically narrow garages in EU ) and rear park assist ( anyone needs park assist on something this small shouldnt be driving ) We have out own style wheels ( subjective, but I prefer ours ) Sync is a HUGE upgrade and softer touch materials...along with STANDARD items which are options elsewhere....
        • 4 Years Ago
        LED running lights...... but they get rear fog lights! Oooooohhhhh
      • 4 Years Ago
      I kind of understand what Honda is trying to do here. But If they drop the civic 4 cylinder in it, tune it to about 160hp. This car would be a blast! And prob about 2 to 3 grand cheaper. And I really think the mpg would not suffer very much at all. Maybe we will see a natural version of this later. I hope so, cause it looks really good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't feel Ford has been straight with people over that car. I don't think they ever had any intention to, either. They wanted people to see and get excited over the expensive European model, state their "One Ford" policy and then deliver a cut down vehicle here. And they have. And I think they'll be hugely successful with it.

      But still, if you investigate and find out what's really up and even though the car isn't what Ford might have tried to convince you it would be, but it's still a good car, are you not doing yourself a disfavor by rejecting it completely?
        • 4 Years Ago
        call me ignorant but please specify what you guys mean by "cut down" and de-contented....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Epic agree.

        We are never gonna get the 100% european Fords no matter what. Nobody in the USA is going to pay $20k for a subcompact hatch here unless it's from a luxury manufacturer.

        Ford is not a mid-luxury brand here like it is elsewhere.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They cheapened the steering wheel, much of the interior, the exterior front, the rims and the seats (although these optional seats still look good, just not as good as the European ones).

        They also cheapened the price, so I'm not saying you aren't getting what you paid for. You just aren't getting what Ford was flashing around for a couple months with the Fiesta Movement.
        • 4 Years Ago
        so instead of "soft touch" you guys would prefer hard palstics no? and ditch Sync, and hey, be fine with a 4 speed auto, and non carpeted rear seat backs..and no LED driving lights ( actually i prefered the Euro car there...)....my ONLY gripe is the front grill, thats it, we have SUPERIOR standard features from the base model up....and question, have ANY of you guys actually seen them side by side , let alone SAT in a Euro and US model? I have....US trumps the Euro in 95% of ANY valid comparison...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just average.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This confirms what i thought of it..

      Bah, get a Fiesta, the upcoming Focus.. next gen Hyundai Accent.. a Mazda2.. anything but this :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        actually i'm glad youve decided not to buy one, I'm sure Ford isnt looking for clientel of your nature, and sales people everywhere can breathe a sigh of releif...the ignorance is astounding but enlightening.....I think your best bet is just to go buy some wheels somewhere, to hell with the car.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hammond,

        You're a moron....I built the damned car on Ford's site WITH THE RIMS....it was a factory option you tool.

        A Ford representative who took my online reservation emailed me a few days ago stating that this option was no longer available on 2011 Fiestas.

        When you don't know the whole story, keep your trap shut.
        • 4 Years Ago
        much like anything else that is only as accurate as the person whom input it, now Nes, get on the build your own and find the wheels???? GONE BURGER, and probably due to people coughing up their lunch at the $1900 asking price which was RIDICULOUS, and like i said they MAY become avail over the parts counter at a later date...I had them optioned on mine until i realized I could save a few and get a superior wheel/ tire combo.....but continue whining like a damn baby whos lost his binkie....talk about over -reacting....sheesh man, grow some damn stones...oh, and ford reserves the right to change product specs and content at ANY time without incurring obligations.......its printed right on the base of the ORDERING GUIDE...but go ahead, bow to the internet bible....Kelley blue Boof is now BUYING cars for what they say they are worth as well....
        • 4 Years Ago
        What are you laughing about? They're decontenting the car even before it's been released here. It's already in Europe so what's your point? We're not going to get what the Europeans get...once again.

        And you're brushing that off as being something minor?

        Is it any wonder companies like Ford and GM thrive with people you cheering them on for selling you the left overs?

        • 4 Years Ago
        There are plenty of good aftermarket rims for cars, most which are lighter.

        It's sorta like buying an Apple computer. The 500gb drive is gonna cost you $200, but you could buy a higher performing 640gb drive for $125 that operates just the same.

        It's up to you, but since you like high MPG you are better off without the heavy rotating mass of a factory 17in. wheel. Just sayin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nozferat....would it make you happy if Ford had the Wheels avail over the counter as a Ford Racing component at the same or slightly lower asking price....along with Steeda spring and cold air system as other avail tweeks....sneaking suspicion that will actually happen...people are going to customize this thing like crazy...next SEMA should be interesting....and question, did you cancel your reservation because of the wheels?....if so you just flushed $595 down the toilet whilst holding your breath in the corner till you turned blue....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hammond,

        Don't be such an idiot.

        The 17 inch options SHOW UP on the website under this page you tool:

        http://www.fordvehicles.com/cars/fiesta/features/#page=Feature21

        But they are NOT AVAILABLE.

        Even Gaplin Ford, the largest sales dealership in the US doesn't know what's going on.

        If you actually worked at a dealership, you'd have a clue.....

        What else are they lying about?



        • 4 Years Ago
        I beleive they were nixed from the website due to the lack of response in pre-orders...and for 1900 dollars I am not surprized...if you note, for the longest time the sunroof wasnt on the website either.....the wheels may still make a sighting, but my guess is they will be ordered over the parts counter...did you also note that the spoiler kit was dealer installed but was a tad mis-leading on the site...pissed a few people off to tell the truth as there was no mention installation and painting were extra...but anyone with any common sense would see the $600 odd dollars and figure it out pretty quick...and hey i see your point...HOWEVER , for the reasons i mentioned before hand you need to man up and dont use such trivalities as a cop out....I mean, "THEY LOST A CUSTOMER BECAUSE OF THE WHEELS" is a total...waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! SERIOUSLY!
        • 4 Years Ago
        FLAPPY:

        No you're saying that. What I'm saying is that Ford has already eliminated color combos for interior/exterior, eliminated exterior options, and eliminated the rims that were part of an upgrade package.

        These are not dealer options. If they are, I'd like Hammond to prove it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        wheels may still become avail but ford WAS gauging online response to options checked, and they WERE/ ARE a dealer installed option...the car was to be shipped with stamped steel rims....And exactly what other options were nixed? All you are talking about is the PRELIMINARY online "build your own vehicle", get an ACTUAL ordering guide, I could fax one too you if you would like...because I WORK AT A FORD DEALER.....nuff proof, AND I also have one reserved. However based on your posts BLEATING I wouldnt take much seriously anyways....save yourself some bix and go aftermarket if wheels are such a HUGE issue to you, AND get potentially lighter reciprocating weight, higher qualirty tires if optioned correctly, which have the benefit of lowering unsprung weight and improving 10/10th handling....anything else you would like to add, aside from WHINING....
        • 4 Years Ago
        WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!, so what? they didnt lie, they just deleted it from the build your own due to lack of response...and we have ALREADY offered up a superior viable alternative...get out of the sand box...and I repeat...Ford reserves the right to change product spec...hard to understand they did when they gauged the LACK of respeonse to a $1900 option...thats CRAZY business...no wait...they must just be doing this to lie to a PARTY OF ONE...pop some prozac for christs sake...or better yet, dont buy one and keep bitchin it was ALL about the wheels....next time click on the little disclosure button and realize things MAY change...especially 6 months before actual release
        • 4 Years Ago
        So in other words you are farting out of your a%%, have no clue what you're talking about, and find it OK to have been pitched a product you can't have....hmmmm.

        Next time you get ready to go to a restaurant and are told they don't have things they advertise on the menu, let me know how that goes.

        Until then you sound like a stupid Ford fanboy who, for practical purposes, if they took a dump on your head, you'd be sitting saying "more please."
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to admit both Fords will be better but it did make me atleast not hate the idea completely althought I still think IMA is rubish.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why should I have to go aftermarket?

        The whole point of buying the prepackaged is so as not to worry about it and factory products are usually better balanced for the car anyway.

        The 17 inch rims offered initially were great....too bad they lost a customer and probably alot more will be in line.
        • 4 Years Ago
        nozferat, are you a TOTAL idiot ?...the 17 inch option from Ford was a Dealer installed accessory at an MSRP of $1900....for THAT money one could trick out a set of LIGHTWEIGHT Oz wheels with better performing tires...and HOW exactly can someone BAIT and SWITCH on a vehicle BEFORE its released....security, we have an escapee....
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you want 17's on a Fiesta ( really? ) go get some light weight aftermarket ones.

        What we are getting is an economy car with a well-tuned suspension, and a decent interior.. that is a huge improvement over what American car companies used to offer in the compact car range!

        Previously, American car manufacturers have not given a crap about their low end cars, now after decades we finally get the *good* european Fords and you're complaining?

        "Is it any wonder companies like Ford and GM thrive with people you cheering them on for selling you the left overs?"

        Trollbait slippery slope argument.. typical of you.. thank you for reminding me why i should no longer respond to your posts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nozferat

        So what your telling us is that you would simply not by a car based on one of the easiest things to change like the rims? Sales people must eat you alive when you by cars then. When a car is offered with differant rims from the manufacture they are usually packaged with other options thus making them alot more expensive the aftermarket options and you dont get to make your car unique and "your car" not the I want to blend in with every other car look.

        @Neptronix

        The Focus 2.0Di sounds like it is going to be sweet thats for sure, but if it ever happens I truly want the Fusion with the Turbo 2.0 hopefully packaged with awd. I'm think it will still be better on fuel then the 6 pot and kinda like a poor man's Audi and thats fine by me lol. Theres been rumors of it for along time now so I am hoping the New Ford will build it!
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