2011 Honda CR-Z – Click above for high-res image gallery
The Honda CR-Z has drawn more than its fair share of criticism thus far. From reviews focusing on the measly mileage numbers of Honda's newest hybrid to others doubting the sporty attributes of a vehicle which lacks the rev-happy nature we've grown accustomed to from Honda products, it's fair to say that the CR-Z has got an uphill climb to widespread acceptance. Still, there are some glowing reviews of the CR-Z out there, stemming mostly from publications based in the UK.
For instance, Telegraph called the CR-Z "sporty by hybrid standards" and closed by calling it "a likeable little car." A BBC Top Gear review – not written by Jeremy Clarkson – points out that the CR-Z is "proper fun to drive," adding that "Honda might finally have made eco-motoring sexy." However, the most ecstatic review came from Mirror, which suggested that the CR-Z "is set to become one of the most desirable cars on the planet" and concluded with "it's a lulu to drive". A lulu? Is that good? (Turns out, it is).
The Honda CR-Z is scheduled to debut by late summer and, depending on who you ask, it's either one of the best hybrids ever or somewhere down there with the worst. Either way, it's a hit in Japan and breaks away from the typical hybrid mold by offering a manual transmission, the promise of a sporty driving experience and looks that don't cry out "I'm a hybrid."