Our cars: Honda CR-Z - September 2011
Week ending September 30
Total mileage 5958
Miles this week 290
Honda CR-Z review
It’s rare that I get excited about a luggage cover, but the CR-Z’s is an exception. As in all cars, you can position it so that it covers the entire load area.
However, you can also mount it on the floor of the boot, about a foot away from the opening. This divides the area in two to stop smaller items, like my laptop bag, sliding around.
What’s more, it makes it look as if the boot is empty when you peer through the window – useful should a potential thief wander past.
Week ending September 23
Driven this week 296 miles
I’ve noticed something strange about the reversing sensors on our CR-Z. You see, with most cars, the stereo volume is automatically reduced when you select reverse gear, so that you can hear the bleeps made by the sensors. This doesn’t happen in the CR-Z, though, and even when the stereo is at a reasonably low volume, you’ll struggle to hear the guidance.
You have to turn the stereo right down manually every time you reverse, then, which is rather annoying, but at least the sensors let you get pretty close to objects before telling you it’s time to stop. In many cars, the sensors tell you to stop when you’re still miles away from an object, making them all-but useless.
Honda CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport
Week ending September 9
Driven this week 278 miles
Video editor Peter Brown borrowed the CR-Z for a couple of days after his own car broke down, and returned impressed.
He thought the engine was lively in town and the seats comfortable. What’s more, he was able to fit all of his expensive video gear beneath the luggage cover, away from prying eyes.
His one criticism was reserved for the awful rear vision.