Our cars: Honda CR-Z - August 2012
Week ending August 24
Total mileage 14,654
Mileage this week 48
After a final valet, the CR-Z went back to Honda this week. I had mixed feelings about seeing it go, but then that's hardly surprising because it's so good at some things and so poor at others.
The news that it was off provoked a range of reactions among my colleagues, too. Those who had borrowed it and driven it on good roads were saddened they wouldn't get to experience it again, whereas others who'd used it to cover motorway miles couldn't wait to see the back of it.
If you're looking for a stylish all-rounder, then, the CR-Z is probably best avoided, but if you like the looks and rarely drive long distances, it's worth considering.
See Steve's CR-Z on video
Week ending August 17
Driven this week: 88 miles
My love/hate relationship with the CR-Z continued this week, but there are some neat little touches that I'm beginning to appreciate.
The one I use most often is the flap under the dash that allows you to hide your iPhone from prying eyes when it's plugged in to the USB socket. I’ve always been told that you should keep phones and the like hidden away, so this simple touch is a very welcome one.
Mind you, it's not all good news; and, in particular, I wish the system to play music from the iPhone was as simple. It took me quite a while to work out how to navigate through the various menus to pick a particular album.
Worse still, if the album has a long name, the display isn't long enough to show the full title.
Week ending August 10
Driven this week: 102 miles
I'm coming to the end of my time with the CR-Z, and have averaged 42.1mpg.
At first glance that figure may look disappointing; the official economy is 56.5mpg. However, I'm only just shy of our True MPG of 43.4. Given my fondness for pressing the Sport button, I reckon that's a pretty good result.
On a couple of occasions, when I really made an effort, I even managed to beat the official figure, but this was offset by economy in the low 30s on my most enjoyable drives.
Week ending August 3
Driven this week: 103 miles
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was thinking about changing the CR-Z’s Yokohama tyres for a different brand's in an effort to reduce the excessive road noise the car suffers from.
Reader Tom Williams has since written to say that he tried swapping the Bridgestones that his CR-Z came on for Continental Uniroyal RainExperts, which he had heard were quieter, but that he didn’t notice any improvement.
More positively, Tom says the Continentals have proved very grippy and hardwearing.