2013 Honda CR-Z - Review

John Voelcker, thecarconnection.com, Senior editor Modified: January 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013

The 2013 Honda CR-Z remains a good-looking car from most angles, and it's comfortable for two people to travel in--assuming they're willing to pack light, since luggage space is hardly abundant. With a base price under $21,000 (including delivery) for the manual version, it competes with the MINI Cooper (especially the new two-seat MINI Cooper Coupe), and perhaps the new Volkswagen Beetle, along with the Scion tC. Top-of-the-line models reach about $25,000.

But buyers really have to want a two-seat car to buy the Insight. For that same money--or less--the new Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta subcompacts seat twice as many people, hold more cargo, and are just as much fun to toss around. Both are good cars, and deliver close to the same highway gas mileage. And the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS adds a dash of hot hatch, too. Or if you want to maximize fuel economy, there are now four separate Prius hybrid models that do better than Honda's hybrid hatchback coupe. Which seems to leave the CR-Z in a very small niche indeed.