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Old 09-28-2011, 09:25 AM   #1
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Honda CR-Z

Got one? I just put a down payment on a black 6 speed mt scheduled to be built on 10-7-11.

Any of you have experience with one?
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:38 AM   #2
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I like the look of it. I had the last gen CRX Si for 10 years, so I'm partial to that style. I wish this was a true replacement for that car. Honda dropping it ended my love affair with the manufacturer.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:45 AM   #3
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I love the look of those things.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:24 AM   #4
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I like the look of it. I had the last gen CRX Si for 10 years, so I'm partial to that style. I wish this was a true replacement for that car. Honda dropping it ended my love affair with the manufacturer.
I think they might have been shooting for more of an HF replacement than Si but newer safety regs tossed a bunch of weight on. Turning the clock back is tough to do. Owner comments on the net seem to differ a lot from EPA estimates though. Big time.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:28 AM   #5
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I think they might have been shooting for more of an HF replacement than Si but newer safety regs tossed a bunch of weight on. Turning the clock back is tough to do. Owner comments on the net seem to differ a lot from EPA estimates though. Big time.
Much better?
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:36 AM   #6
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Yep. I also noticed one reviewer refer to the system as a hybrid assist and not an actual hybrid. Apparently it doesn't fit well w/ the purists.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:02 AM   #7
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Yep. I also noticed one reviewer refer to the system as a hybrid assist and not an actual hybrid. Apparently it doesn't fit well w/ the purists.
IIRC they did the EPA estimates on the sport setting, put it in ECO and you are good to go.

I drove one and love it, not the fastest or best handling car but it just had a good feel to it and the electric motor gives it low down torque so coming out of a corner you do feel it. The car initially was supposed to be 16,000 and then it was a no brainer, at ~20-23k I'll need a better job first....there are more pressing (motorcycle) purchases

I also wish they had the euro/Japanese back seats, yes they are too small for people but so were the ones in my NX2000...it didn't stop us from filling it up for 3 hour trips when needed.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:04 AM   #8
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Always liked the lil' hot hatch. Then bmw came out with their x6. I consider it a big hot hatch.
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:03 PM   #9
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Always liked the lil' hot hatch.

You never know what's accurate when it comes to new car rumors but there's been a persistent one about this CR-Z. Something about Honda yarding out the battery at some point and offering the same basic car w/ an Si powertrain. Not exactly what I was looking for but it does sound like it might be a hoot to drive, if...
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:12 PM   #10
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Yeah, the weight thing has killed a lot of the fun little cars we used to have. Especially the hot hatches. I think they are starting to come back some. Focus, Mazda3, etc, but they are really luxurious beasts compared to the CRX, Toyota FX16, Omni GLH (remember that one?), etc...

Still, I like the style, and if they did build something sporty with it, that would be a blast. My 88 Si stickered at $10,800. I wonder what that is in today dollars.
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:34 PM   #11
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Always liked the lil' hot hatch. Then bmw came out with their x6. I consider it a big hot hatch.

A really big fuckin' ugly hot hatch.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:00 PM   #12
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I think they look pretty cool. I heard they aren't too quick, that's okay with me, I like it better now that I hear they return better gas mileage than EPA (which wasn't so great all things considered).
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My 88 Si stickered at $10,800. I wonder what that is in today dollars.

Ballpark? $20186.92

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Old 09-28-2011, 01:38 PM   #14
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So a stripped Cooper comes in about that. That car is probably the closest in spirit to the old CRX IMHO. If only I could get over the horrendous interior, but that is always a matter of taste. CRZ certainly looks better though.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:50 PM   #15
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So a stripped Cooper comes in about that. That car is probably the closest in spirit to the old CRX IMHO. If only I could get over the horrendous interior, but that is always a matter of taste.
Mini Coop's got the horrendous interior; Ford Fucus has the laundry list of defective parts; Honda's got the Fukushima Dai-ichi radiator package. There's always something.
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