Sporty car with great mileage!
By Kurt on Saturday, March 09, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,500
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Sporty look, awesome gas mileage, fun to drive!"
Cons: "Bad rear visibilty, vent system, and seat comfort"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Love this car in many ways! Fun to drive, lots of electronics, great engine/transmission, great mileage, sporty look, etc.
The three driving mode buttons (ECON, NORMAL, and SPORT) allow for a variety of driving conditions. I am a "spirited" driver, so mileage is secondary to getting to where I want to go fast. On freeways I drive 80-90 mph with the cruise on nearly all the time. That would seem to blow away gas mileage but, in reality, I average 33 mpg overall. If I was a more careful driver driving 55-65, I would get 45+ mpg. Just different styles and goals.
Interior is great. All the controls are easy to read and accessible, and there are different colored lights on the speedometer that reflect your current driving habit....very cool. Navigation is good with a large screen. Ventilation is good, however, there could be a better vent style that allows for more directional flow, i.e., towards the torso. The seat fabric is nice and somewhat comfortable, but on long trips the seat lacks comfort.
Exterior is very good-looking. Design is sporty and clean, however, rear visibility through the back side of the hatch is awful as there is a support strip that blocks the best view. Very poor design for that. The headlights rock! Brightest halogen lights I've ever seen, and that's important in deer country.
Some people complain about the lack of power in this car, but I drive my Honda CR-Z hard, and this car is up to the task. Engine and electric motor run flawlessly and the car is fun to drive. The three-mode change for the engine, coupled with an awesome CVT transmission, make for spirited driving if you want it.
Overall, I give this car a two thumbs up."
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