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2011 Honda CR-Z Comfort & Quality

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The CR-Z doesn’t make any pretenses about seating more than two people, and carrying some of their worldly possessions. There’s still less space behind the seats than there could be, along with a noticeable concession to U.S. safety regulations.

At 160.6 inches long, with a 95.8-inch wheelbase, the CR-Z is cut down about a foot from the Insight. It must come mostly from behind the front seats, because they’re as usefully roomy and supportive as the chairs in the Insight. The sport-bolstered cloth seats grip nicely, and they're tall and wide enough for most drivers. It’s marginally wider than the Insight, but the CR-Z’s cockpit still is a bit tight crossways: two adult men will probably touch knees, and the six-speed shifter sits close to the passenger’s left knee.

Be prepared to leave a lot behind with the CR-Z—luggage, pets, and all but one cherished friend.

In the cargo area you’ll notice an unusual pair of dishpan-sized wells and a flip-down panel that covers them. What looks like an Igloo cooler lid is fitted in U.S. cars where a real rear seat would go in other countries. Honda says the rear seats were victim to U.S. headrest regulations going into effect. You’re left with is a three-position “smart” cargo cover that folds down to open a space large enough for two sets of golf clubs—though there’s a high liftover and a narrow hatch opening to navigate.

In all, there are 25.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Flip down the seats in a five-door Fiesta and you’ll expose more space—and still have rear seats to use when needed. In the CR-Z, you’ll always be left with the visual reminder of what could have been.

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