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The 2013 Honda CR-Z is a small, low, two-seat hatchback coupe just a bit more than 13 feet long--that much is obvious. But with a low roofline, a battery pack under the rear deck, and a plethora of tough modern crash-safety regulations to meet, it's even smaller inside than you might expect.

The two front seats are roomy and supportive, though the seating position is lower than in the Insight. The cloth seats are well bolstered, and are both wide and tall, meaning most drivers will fit comfortably. But two of our test drivers suffered back-aches within 90 minutes in the seats, which aren't as adjustable as we would have liked.

The 2013 Honda CR-Z will force you to pack light--and to pick just one special friend to travel with.

Up front, two adult men may still find their knees touching if they have long legs. Also, the passenger must remember to keep his left leg clear of the six-speed manual transmission shift lever, so the driver doesn't whack it into his knee. The cargo bay's high floor means you'd better pack in soft luggage and forgo any rectangular boxes larger than, say, a shoebox.

Where other markets get vestigial rear seats--U.S. rear-seat headrest rules precluded them here--there are only a pair of storage bins with about the volume of dishpans inside. They're under a flip-down panel that resembles nothing so much as an Igloo Cooler cover. Then there's the cargo cover, which has three positions and folds down so two sets of golf clubs can be carried. But golfers and others will find the liftover high and the hatch opening narrow. Total cargo space is given as 25.1 cubic feet, far less than the capacity of a subcompact five-door hatch with its rear seat folded down.

Did we mention that the CR-Z is a small, low car with not a lot of space inside?

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