Jason Barlow in the Honda CR-Z in Japan – Click above to watch video after the jump

Honda snagged former Top Gear presenter and current Top Gear mag and Sunday Times writer Jason Barlow for a drive around Japan in the Honda CR-Z. He starts his shtick by putting the car in context "It's not a gas-guzzling V-eht," (watch the vid, you'll see), but "a different kind of car for a different kind of road trip."

We're fine with that. But when he opines a little later that "It's a car that car enthusiasts have been waiting for, rather than being made to drive a car that looks like a little spaceship," well, we wonder who did the writing on the one. See, we have a nagging feeling that if he were reviewing the CR-Z for Top Gear, well, the script would have read slightly differently... Follow the jump to see what he thinks and how he goes on his "journey of discovery."


  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX in Sport Mode
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (CVT) in sport mode with paddle shifter activated
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (CVT)
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (CVT)
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (CVT) in Sport Mode
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (CVT)
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (6MT) in Sport Mode
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (6MT)
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (6MT) gear shift lever
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX buttons for Sport Mode, Normal Mode and ECON Mode.
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (6MT) aluminum sport pedals
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX door interior
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX mid-ship console
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX cargo area
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX cargo area
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX cargo area
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (CVT) paddle shifters
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (6MT)
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (6MT)
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)

[Source: YouTube via Carscoop]


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