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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
The sport seat offers fine all-around support and looks good.
The rear cargo area was obviously designed with kid seats in mind for the European and Japanese market, but in the U.S. we get a pair of recessed, carpeted plastic trays in their stead.
The rear cargo area will accommodate a couple of golf bags with the rear bulkhead folded down and two suitcases with it up, not too bad considering this car’s diminutive size.
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In the space where the back seats would be (and they're optional in some markets) there are two deep plastic binnacles that seem purposely built to make sitting back there excruciating-probably a good thing, since there are no seatbelts.
All CR-Zs also get a nifty cargo cover that can be relocated to the middle of the floor, and stretched up into place to segregate small loads out of sight in the back of the cargo hold.
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.
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.
Be prepared to leave a lot behind with the CR-Z—luggage, pets, and all but one cherished friend.