... The hybrid setup and its electric-assist motor provide a big dose of low-end torque, helping the CR-Z to feel quicker than it really is, especially when jumping into traffic or merging on freeways. The suspension is more than adequate in the curves, but it’s definitely tuned to deliver comfort over aggressive maneuvers. When it comes to overall handling and braking, however, we’d put the CR-Z squarely in line with the Ford Focus,
Honda Civic and
Scion tC. Honda’s 3-mode drive system allows the driver to choose among an efficient Econ mode, Normal or a responsive Sport mode that increases throttle response and steering effort. The CR-Z’s CVT transmission works just fine, but for our taste nothing beats Honda’s smooth and precise-shifting 6-speed manual.