Coupe shootout: CR-Z vs RCZ
You wait ages for a chic little urban coupe, and then two come along at once...
Posted: 28 Oct 2010
And, in real world, mallet-footed driving, every bit as economical as the Honda. Our patented breed of erratic roadsmanship returned exactly 43mpg from both coupes. We could have got more from the CR-Z if we'd been prepared to leave it in ‘eco' mode, activated by a switch to the right of the steering wheel that lights up the speedo in a calming shade of green, dulls throttle response to save fuel and apparently replaces the petrol engine with the wizened lungs of an asthmatic shrew.
Eco mode is unbearably, agonisingly slow. Far better to switch the CR-Z into sport mode, which unleashes the mighty fury of 122bhp and bathes the binnacles in an angry red glow. This is presumably to admonish you for thinking Bad Fast Thoughts, a plainly illogical plan. If you've got the rage, the last thing you need is a red display goading you on. Goaded we were.