“The most frustrating thing about it is the way raindrops remain on the side windows after you’ve wound them down and back up.”
There, in a nutshell, is all one owner can find to criticise his CR-Z.
Strange, then, that so many of the pre-facelift cars available from 2010 to December 2012, and under discussion here, appear to have had numerous previous keepers. One independent Honda mechanic thinks he knows why: “People get bored because the car just works!”
More likely they’re a teensy bit worried about the life expectancy of the little coupé’s nickel-metal hydride battery, whose five-year warranty has just expired. It can’t be anything to do with the way the car drives.
Our 2010 road test, for instance, called it “brisk enough to be fun, especially so in Sport mode”. We went on: “It’s not the miniature driver’s tool that the second-gen CR-X was but it’s different, stylish and engaging.”
Now, eight years on, it’s a lot cheaper, with mid-spec Sport models (the most popular trim) starting at around £4500 and top-spec GTs around a grand more. Compare that with 2010 prices, which ranged from £18,035 for the standard S (alloy wheels, power windows and mirrors, and climate control), through £19,095 for the Sport (cruise control and parking sensors) to £21,220 for the GT (heated leather seats,a sunroof and front foglights).