The idea behind this is simple: it lets you drive around town in Economy with throttle response and ancillary systems like the air conditioning all tuned to minimise power demand then switch into Normal for everyday driving - in this mode, the CR-Z turns in an average of 56.5mpg and emits 117g/Km of CO2 - and then push the Sport button for weekend fun.
The three-mode drive system has one failing: if you forget which mode you are in and move to overtake while in Economy you're left wondering where all the power has gone - with momentarily alarming results. With each mode the colour of the speedometer surround changes but this can be easy to overlook in the heat of the moment.
In and around the CR-Z
Good to see the return of some 'leccy car coverage. I for one miss it.
Slow, not that good looking, not that economical and why do you say it's a "roadster" when it clearly isn't?
"A hybrid sports coupe that satisfies both the Road Warrior and Tree Hugger in you."
Heavy metals mined in Canada at huge environmental cost, shipped all the way round the world and back in several stops for refining, to be turned into foam, packed into batteries, fitted in the car and then sold to me is somehow supposed to satisfy my inner tree hugger?