"It's all it promises to be: small, agile, fun, cool."4.0 starson by hawgbreath
Pros: Great style, fun to drive, very good gas mileage without the turbo or need for premium fuel. If you're trying to save money on gas, a Cooper S requires premium and doesn't match the Z's mpg. And not expensive for all this. Plenty of interior space.
Cons: Engine "rubberbands" at times, especially starting from dead stop. Poor side & read visibility. This car really needs a full-time rear and side display.
Summary: This is a fun car to drive. It's not a race car, it's a sporty hybrid. Honda has made a car that caters to the cool style crowd but don't care about driving a autocross racer on the street. It's a generally fun commuter car with some nods to those that would like to take it on short excursions with out too much baggage. Max load is 400 lbs, which leaves about 40 lbs. of luggage with my wife and I along for the ride.
Road noise is somewhat high and the engine noise is definitely with you - except when the auto-off feature kicks in. But this car brings me back to the days of my 1970 Opel Kadette Rallye with its 10 gal. tank and and easy 30 mpg on the highway. But the tech advancements of this modern car are well worth (relative) the small price of it. The Opel was only $2,000!
Bottom line is I'm looking forward to driving this every day. All though I've had it only a week and a half the readout shows I'm averaging 35.4 mpg in mixed Eco and Normal mode (with one surge to Sport to pass a couple of cars on a two lane road.) I love this car.
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