There are no direct competitors for the 2014 Honda CR-Z--it's the sole two-seat hybrid hatchback on the market--but other cars offer sportier driving or higher fuel efficiency, depending on which you prioritize.
Coupes are a small category to start with, but while the Scion tC is getting long in the tooth, its focus on personalization options, sound systems, and infotainment combine with a sportier character than the CR-Z.
The Fiat 500 Abarth is a blast to drive, and blows the doors of Honda's hybrid in the fun quotient.
Various MINI Coopers, from the odd-looking Coupe to the standard three-door hatchback, come out of the box for more sportiness built in.
As for fuel efficiency, a whole raft of Toyota Prius models offers more space and much higher gas-mileage ratings.
But the biggest competition may be the remarkably good subcompacts from U.S.
makers: the Chevy Sonic and Ford Fiesta, the latter updated this year.
They're just as much fun behind the wheel, they're far more spacious for both people and gear, and they're cheaper to boot.
And you can up the sportiness with Sonic RS and Fiesta ST models as well.
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